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Which off these is more Clyde-friendly?

Old 09-29-10, 08:47 AM
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Which off these is more Clyde-friendly?

I'm a 250+ lb clyde that spent the summer falling in love with xc trail riding, and for next season (perhaps the tail of this one as well) I'd like to step up from my entry-level bike into something more advanced. Due to price range and local availability, I believe I've narrowed my choice to two bikes:

2011 Cannondale Trail SL 2

2011 Marin Palisades Trail

Now, having looked at the components on each, I've noticed that "every bike is a compromise" is in full effect here. However, I was wondering which compromise is better for someone in my weight category. Either purchase would be no mean amount of cash for me, and I'd like to minimize the chance of embarrassing weight-related component failure. If there's a particular part/component/piece/what-have-you on either bike that catches your eye as particularly good or bad, that'd be great to hear too.

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GH, Either will be fine. Because they're likely machine made, have the wheelset stressed and retensioned for better durability.

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I like the wheels on the Marin better.

"Formula hubs" can be most any kind of crap. I have some that are decent cone and cup bearing types and some that are just painfully awful sealed bearing units. It's hard to tell what you're getting. Plus a 28 spoke front wheel seems kind of hokey...

The air fork on the cannondale is nice if you go for that, but I still prefer coil spring forks myself.
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I like the wheels on the Marin better.
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IMO any heavy person should avoid any bike with suspension unless they like fixing things.
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Yeah - the Maddux wheels seem really dicey...I've had no luck finding any info whatsoever on them. The 28 spokes in the front didn't exactly seem like a turn-on either.

It seems like the Marin is a dramatically better value for the money, yeah. I'll probably go with that.
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