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I need help in selecting a frame to ride..

Old 10-18-06, 08:36 AM
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I need help in selecting a frame to ride..

I am getting back on my bike after about 15 years. I am concerned about frame fatigue on my Cannondale Criterium frame bought in 1989.. approx 15k miles.. I weigh approx 220 now and I would like to discuss light frames and heavy riders... (I dont trust that mix).. I know that carbon fiber is real strong these days... I remember when the first kestrels hit the market and some didn't stand up to the stress of racing.. and hard training..

I am thinking about a Colnago Master steel frame or the carbon composite master light.. does anyone know if those frames are up to my 220lbs... I still consider myself fairly strong.. and I am riding approx 2-300miles per week and will increase that next spring summer..

I am working on my weight but I am riding now on a bike that I am somewhat leary of...

does anyone have any suggestions??? I am afraid that the modern road racing bicycle's design specifications are for riders in the 150 - 180lb range and might be dangerous with my weight..

The old Cannondale Criterium with its 4"tubes seems real stiff and I have ridden it real hard for several years (about 8 years as a semi competitive cyclist)

any opinions would be appreciated.

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I doubt that the Cannondale is fatigued to the point of failure, but as a devoted steel rider, I would recommend a Mercian lugged steel from Mercian Cycles in England. I bought a King of Mercia Touring frame this spring and love it. A bigger concern would be the fit of the frame. As i am some 50 pounds heavier than my racing weight was, I needed to have a more upright position as I cannot bend over comfortably as much as I used to, so a more upright riding position was needed. Also, go with 32 or 36 spoke wheels. I am riding 28mm tires and find them really comfortable but suitably low in rolling resistance. What kind of riding do you see yourself doing?
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thanks for replying

I thnik I am going to become a devoted steel rider as well.. I am also about 50lbs up on what I raced at.. but the comfort doesnt seem to bother me right now.. My Cannondale is 57cm BB to center of Top Tube,, It is very short top tube geometry so I have a 120 Cinelli stem that stretches me out a little.. I put the Flite Saddle all of the way back and that gives me some length as well.
I am 6'0. I know the Merckx bikes are supposed to be shorter top tubed as opposed to Lemond Frames.. I like the looks (and the fact that they still lug their frames)!!!of the Colnago Master.. I will take a look at the Mercian frames. (I thought they were a French company)..


I hope to get back in shape and do some centuries,, club rides... and maybe senior even road races.. TT's or


I just used to love the feel of doiing real hard training rides with my club.. when you get legs under you.. and you can hang with a training ride of Cat 3's or better it is pretty awesome.. I dont think I will ever get back in that shape.. but doing pace lines at 23+ sounds doable....

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Actually, 220 isn't that bad for any bike other than a complete weight weenie racer. I weigh more than you and ride a Lemond "spine" bike. Half steel half carbon fiber. I really like the way this bike handles and the ride is great. One of the things that I like are the newer cranks with the external bearings. I'd also think about a good strong wheelset. Once again, think about the bearings in the hubs.
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Thanks Mariner Fan!!

what about the crank with "external bearings."????.(dont know what that is). I have old school Ultegra Crank with a sealed BB. I dont understand about bearings in a crank set?? any link you can send me to to explain.
I agree with the wheel set as advise.. Mavic 36. with 28 Contin,,.... never had any wheel problems..while my friends have fought with broken spokes.. and crazy rim things and flats forever trying for areo and light.. give me stong and safe and Its up to me to make it go fast.

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Originally Posted by merckxxx
I am thinking about a Colnago Master steel frame or the carbon composite master light.. does anyone know if those frames are up to my 220lbs... I still consider myself fairly strong.. and I am riding approx 2-300miles per week and will increase that next spring summer..
Well, if you can afford Colnago, I would recommend carbon fiber. I tip the scales at 293 (having lost 25 pounds in 10 weeks) and am currently riding a carbon fiber Kuota Kharma. As far as Colnago goes, I understand the new E-1 frame (review here) is geared to heavier/stronger riders. I couldn't afford it (~$4K for the frame), but I've seen good reviews.
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