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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 04-08-12, 02:31 PM   #1
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290 + lb new guy wanting a mountain bike

Hi, my name is Scott and my wife and I ( she is tiny, so no Athena for her) are looking into doing some mountain bike riding. I am 6'4", 290 lbs lbs now, and I am also a police detective who has been through bike patrol schools in the past, and have had a little experience with bikes years ago, but that was many pounds ago as well. I have dropped from 315 to 290 through cardio at the gym, but am looking for something fun to do on the weekends with my wife and kids. I need a recommendation for a bike, preferable under $1,000.00, that I can ride that will put up with some wear and tear and a guy my size. I don't plan on doing anything real hard on it, maybe some street and dirt/logging trails style riding. We have a couple of mountain bike trails around here that arte pretty amateur, but I need the exercise. Any help is much appreciated!!!

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I was looking at the Diamond back overdrive it is a 29er available in 3 grades and 4 sizes.It has some nice components and I think would be a great bike in your price range.I'm born again in cycling and decided to rebuild my old classic to start with but intend to build a new bike as all the options become clear.I'm at 325 and have a modest plan of getting down to 275.Go have some fun riding. A partner is a great asset.
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I'm 300#. I ride an old Gary Fisher with a Surley 2x2 non suspension fork. It had suspended fork, but it was poor at my weight. LOVE the Surley fork- handles great! 1.5"tires @50psi, Brooks 67 saddle, & Ergon bike to ride.
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How technical are the trails? You really don't want a suspension fork at your weight. I'd take a look at the Cannondale Quick CX4 for what you're describing. It's a dirt oriented hybrid, more than a pure MTB, but it will serve you well on trails.
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Hi Scott,
I'm at 245#, last fall I bought a Haro Steel Reserve 1.1. I added a front disc and changde out the seat and short little seat post. Later on I changed to a larger rear sprocket to take some strain off my legs. I love the bike, it is now my main ride. My cadence is higher and I feel like a kid. I have had no maintainence issues and I'm into it for less than $600 total. Riding is fun.

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It is going to be pretty tough getting a suspension fork to work properly without spending a decent amount of cash.
Most coil springs are designed for the 220-240lbs'er ish max.
A lot of air forks can only handle enough pressure to support a 250lbs'er.
Riding an under sprung fork is no fun. Trust me.
Nothing worse than hitting the front brake and having the fork dive all the way to bottom out.
I have found that the only fork that would work well for me was a high end fox fork.
They handle higher pressures better than the other forks.
I picked up a Fox Float 36 and the manual says it handles pressures up to 90psi......which is recommended for riders up to around 250-260 if my memory serves me.
I emailed FOX and asked them what the true max PSI is that the fork can handle and was told 220psi.
So in theory this fork "could" be tuned for someone nearing 500lbs.
Remember theory.
The forks travel can easily be modified to match the geometry of most any standard frame out there, within 80mm-160mm.
Most hard tails out there these days are around 100mm of front travel.

Lots of clydes have claimed success with a Rock SHox Tora air fork.
But it has smaller diameter stanchions and to me feels very flexy when hitting the front brake.
Being an uber clyde, and mountain biker, I have bought and tried LOTS of parts that did not end up working.
They either are too noodly, and or can not be tuned well for riders under the 250lbs range.
I'm sure many people will disagree with me, and I'm sure others have had sucess.......I am just speaking from my own personal experience here.
I have had a few crashes due to the suspension not being stiff enough for my weight.....going down a steep incline, hitting the brakes, having said fork bottom out and lose traction etc.
I'd look into possible options that are not suspended. Full rigid, possibly steel frame.
There should be good options out there within your budget.

I'll qualify this with the fact that I am currently your weight, and my avg mountain biking weight was around 310lbs.
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