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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-22-10, 11:07 AM   #1
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Fork selection for big boy

Just picked up a Specialized Ground Control. Looks lke it needs a new front shock. Currently, it has a Rock Shox Indy. Any suggestions without breaking the bank? Or is there a way to re-build it? I'm 235 lbs. and live in Idaho. Quite a bit of trail and off-trail stuff. Nothing extreme...yet. This my first FS and can't wait to get it out. Thanks for the info.
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You may want to get a regular fork without shocks in it. The shocks tend to sag and prevent you from gaining speed. Especially if you are 200+ pounds. I was looking for a bike with front shocks too, but I was talked out of it because shocks tend to slow one down while riding and they can wear down and break easier with a heavier person riding the bike.

I'm looking into the Kona Smoke and the Trek 7000 without the front shocks for myself.
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Old 02-22-10, 03:03 PM   #3
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When I was around 235 I did not notice any suspension lag in the performance. At 235# you need no special amenities. Check your LBS for forks that have been taken off of similar bikes. There's usually something lying around.
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