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Old 04-15-24, 02:21 PM
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350-pound road bike frames?

Looking for road bike frames for 350 pounds.

I cracked my LHT frame and I'm looking for a replacement. I've got another LHT frame coming, but the lesson I've learned from this incident is that I really ought to have two bikes ready to ride at all times.

I'd like the 2nd bike to not be another Trucker. I know the Disc Trucker exists, but I feel like that'll just be boring to have two bikes of the same exact kind.

I see the Surly Midnight Special supports 355 pounds like the Disc Trucker, but there's a lot of complaints about its dropouts and I think as a clydesdale, I'll avoid it. Disc bikes don't work well for me unless I've got a captured through-axle; the discs always go out of alignment really fast.

What are my other options?

I'm 390. Was 450 last year. I'm hoping to lose another 50 pounds this year, putting me around 340. Another 50 next year and I'll be under 300, so maybe bikes in that range are allowable too.

Thanks!
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It sounds like you are making excellent progress, treat yourself to something custom, have someone build it as you want it. Maybe you want wider tires or slacker head tube or something else like that and a good custom builder can build you that bike and make sure it will fit you well and hold up over time. Keep up that great work.
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It sounds like you are making excellent progress, treat yourself to something custom, have someone build it as you want it. Maybe you want wider tires or slacker head tube or something else like that and a good custom builder can build you that bike and make sure it will fit you well and hold up over time. Keep up that great work.
Any suggestions for a frame builder?
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
Any suggestions for a frame builder?
Zinn (Lennard specializes in big and tall)
Bilenky
Rodriguez and Ericsson
Firefly
Chapman

There are literally tons of them but these would be a few to chat with that I would happily own a frame from but there are many more I would own a frame from as well. It is a tough choice but I think those would be some good choices in your case.

Here is a list of many more a lot of which I would probably also recommend (at least in the US I cannot speak as much to some of the foreign stuff):
https://theframebuilders.com/list/

I would certainly reach out to a couple of them and if you need help drafting an email feel free to PM me and I can help out. I think you could build a pretty sweet bike up for yourself.
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
Looking for road bike frames for 350 pounds.

I cracked my LHT frame and I'm looking for a replacement. I've got another LHT frame coming, but the lesson I've learned from this incident is that I really ought to have two bikes ready to ride at all times.

I'd like the 2nd bike to not be another Trucker. I know the Disc Trucker exists, but I feel like that'll just be boring to have two bikes of the same exact kind.

I see the Surly Midnight Special supports 355 pounds like the Disc Trucker, but there's a lot of complaints about its dropouts and I think as a clydesdale, I'll avoid it. Disc bikes don't work well for me unless I've got a captured through-axle; the discs always go out of alignment really fast.

What are my other options?

I'm 390. Was 450 last year. I'm hoping to lose another 50 pounds this year, putting me around 340. Another 50 next year and I'll be under 300, so maybe bikes in that range are allowable too.

Thanks!
I'm a bit late, but look into Lynskey titanium frames.The problem though at those weights in my experience is the wheelsets, not the frames. Getting a good wheelset with the proper brake setup is going to be the thing that gets you the most mileage.

Source: I've been riding bikes with weight limits under 250lbs since I weighed 550.

EDIT: Also, rim brakes might be more advisable. I'm not that experienced of a mechanic but at higher weights, wheels go out of true faster, disc rotors get out of alignment, etc. Rim brakes don't take any of the stress you're putting on the wheelset. So while the wheels going out of true will still make brakes rub, etc, you can adjust them or get the wheel trued in 20 minutes and it solves the problem. People pushed disc brakes to me a lot when I was heavier because "they have more stopping power" this isn't necessarily always true, especially in the dry. But more importantly I don't think a lot of people realize the punishment you're putting on a wheelset and how much more problematic disc brakes are to keep aligned when you're doing that.

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It is unlikely that you are imparting significant stress to the hubs or the disc brake rotors. Frame flex, which would move the brake caliper relative to the disc, is a much more likely explanation.
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