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Safe to ride Fuji Sportif 1.0 at 250lbs?

Old 04-22-21, 01:52 PM
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Safe to ride Fuji Sportif 1.0 at 250lbs?

I'm 60y had this bike for 4years, and put 3k on it until a year ago January. I was teetering between 180 and 190lbs at the time. Last spring, I had a bad case of sciatica that lasted several months, and I was inactive and pretty much incapacitated. I finally found a good doc who eliminated the pain with some well placed injections. Unfortunately, just about the time I was cleared to ride again, I tore the meniscus in my knee, and found out I also had arthritis in the same knee. After a lot of treatment and surgery, it's finally getting to the point I can ride again. Problem is, I got fat. I'm pushing 250 right now. I want to know if it's safe to ride my Fuji with the extra pounds, or should I stick to the heavy Diamondback hybrid until I drop some serious weight. By safe, I mean can the bike with the carbon fork handle that much weight? I really enjoy riding the road bike and would much prefer that.
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Old 04-26-21, 07:52 AM
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Just ride it , it will be fine. I rode an older fuji roubaix roade bike at at 360lbs
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Ride it. Looking at Fuji's warranty on frames, seems it is lifetime. As long as you don't crash it, if it breaks, heck, you get a new frame. I have had a couple claims with Trek and each time, they upgraded the frame.

I say ride it! The carbon fork is good. I have been riding a carbon fork since 1998 close to your weight and never had a problem. 5 different carbon forks, never a problem (different frames and bikes). That includes several fast downhills, or mountains rather, 20 -40 mile sections, many times up to 40+ mph speeds. I know guys over 300 that have no problems with carbon forks.
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This is one of those questions where the correct answer is "you're probably fine but you never know". I don't think it is that risky and if it were me, I would just go ahead and ride it. I was never quite at 250 but I was riding my full carbon frame/fork when I was still in the 230s with no problems.
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Same general response from my point of view. I'm at 310 +/- riding a Specialized Road frame (alum) and a number of super-light Schwinn MTBs (Homegrown from the early 2000s), and have had no concerns, bending, breakage or complaints at all from the bikes. From everything I've ever read and experienced, the wheels will be your weak point, if you have one at all. I think it also helps that I'm a super careful rider, and avoid many potential damage sources (like super rough roads). The most important thing is that you RIDE!.

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