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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 08-23-10, 04:01 PM   #1
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Trying to decide...

Hello friends!

I'm trying to decide on a new road bike and I'm hoping to get your thoughts. I currently weigh 265 lbs and would like to get down to about 200 lbs. I'm 5' 11" tall. The priority for this purchase is to lose weight and to be able to ride for 2 or 3 hours at a stretch.

Here is what I've been debating:

1) 2010 Giant Defy Advanced 3
2) 2009 (NOS) Specialized Roubaix Comp
3) 2010 Felt Z85
4) 2010 Cannondale Synapse 5
5) 2010 Cannondale CADD9-5
6) 2010 Trek 2.3

I'd like to hear your experiences and thoughts on these bikes.


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Old 08-23-10, 05:03 PM   #2
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If you are riding for 2 to 3 hours at a time and watching your diet you're going to lose weight. I haven't compared the bikes, I do have the Roubaix and have been happy with it. I was around your size when I first got it and didn't have any problem.

Common advice is ride all of them if you can and see if you suits you best. The other consideration is what LBS do feel like you want to do business with after the purchase. If these two match you are in great shape.

Most bikes at the same price point are going to be pretty comparable if you are buying new.

Good luck.
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Old 08-23-10, 07:50 PM   #3
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I agree with dbikingman. The components list will be similar in quality if not brand between bikes of certain price range. Designers have differnet ideas and one may just feel better. Best advise is ride all you can and get the one you like a a good LBS.

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Ride them and see what feels best. Personally, I'd probably go for the Giant Defy. The LBS here really believes in Giant and usually says that for the price you get a better deal than with other bikes out there.
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