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Bought a 2012 Flash Carbon 1 and i forgot im 6.2 300lbs rider. Ouch!

Old 11-10-13, 11:22 AM
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Bought a 2012 Flash Carbon 1 and i forgot im 6.2 300lbs rider. Ouch!

Hello guys! Im 6.2 tall and 300lbs. i live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Had Cannondales back in the 90s and, as most Cannondale fans, I love those bikes so much, i cant like any other brand better. Owned a 1993 Delta V 2000 and a 1997 Super V 2000. Rode other brands for some 10 years and now I decided to go back to Cannondale.

I started looking for a used Flash Alloy 2 or something similar, but then I found out that used bikes prices depend more on the seller`s need for cash/amount of bikes owned/main activity than on the model. So i saw some Alloy flashes practically the same price as carbon ones. And I saw some Carbon 3 the same price as Carbon 2. And some Carbon 1 a bit more then the two just mentioned. So I ended buying a 2012 Flash Carbon 1. A friend who`s coming to Argentina is bringig the bike in January. I was happy like 2 days with my buy until one day while in bed late at night i thought: What the f**k, I`m a whale on corticosteroids! Im gonna break that babe!I love doing soports, im very active, had good luck with ladies and often forget how big I am. Im the kind of big guy who wonders whos that fatty on the mirror. Probably some of u feel that way too.
I did some research on the forum and couldn`t find any Clydesdales riding any of these.
I ride mostly road, maybe some gravel. Never do drop offs. If here is a hole or even a speed bump I always lift my fat arse off the saddle. What i mean is that i don`t punish my bikes at all. I`m aware that I`m way beyond the weight they were thought for and that reflects on my riding. In case anyone wonders why i dont ride a Road Bike instead is because: A) Roads and streets are pretty broken down here and road bikes are a bigger pain. B) I find road bikes more back breaking than doing bull rodeo.
I`m planning to to loose as much weight possible until my bike arrives but lets be real. I might loose what? 20 - 30lbs if i starve and ride my ass off? So lets thing I`m still whale-ish when it arrives.
Right now I ride a Easton Scandium Aluminum frame bike on Mavic Crossmax rims, most xtr stuff, Mavic hubs. Never had a problem doing my concious riding. Think I only broke ONE spoke in 2000 Miles and it was turning uphill on a sandy road. Had a bit cheaper set of wheels in the past and spokes broke all the time.
What I mean is: Is it possible that Higher End components are more resistant than cheaper lower end comps? I' m afraid of my new Carbon frame and lefty. Although I read somewhere Cannondale Tests their bikes to 300lbs. Arch ZTR rims claim max wheight 250. But my guess is that the plan max weighs on XC riding, roots, reasonable stones and drop offs. I always rode tires with pressures way above their max recommended pressure and never had a issue. A guy weighing 250 on a 3 foot drop off or descending a stony section of the trail might transfer a 400lbs stress to bike on landing. Maybe more? What I mean is that maybe the give a weight limit for heavy duty riding but if u ride flat n safe maybe u can push that limit a bit. Our brains think Heavier-Stiffer Lighter-Softer. But new materials trend to have great stifness with less weight. F1 Cars are made of Carbon Fiber. Maybe stiffer kind of carbon. but i think carbon might be underrated. I remember back in the 90s when the first Trek OCLV Y bikes came out people would say the frame could crack even if the bike fell of with no one on it.
Maybe it will hold, maybe it wont. I`ll sacrifice my self finding out. Maybe we all tend to ride crappy heavy bikes just thinking they will resist better. Or maybe I`ll post from the hospital. Buying this bike si in part a motivation for riding more and faster. Lets hope we do well.

PS: I tried to be rational and think it will hold. I have no rational theories to think on the SAVE seatpost holding on.
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Wow that was a long read....that didn't really say anything. Just go ride.
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Wow that was a long read....that didn't really say anything. Just go ride.
Well basically I`m sharing my thoughts with you and wondering what you guys think. Maybe you guys can help me out. Maybe we come to the conclusion that high end carbon bikes are Cydesdales worthy and there is no need to ride a 32 pound soviet-made-bike. I did ride 40 miles today in the middle of writing this question and reading your unhelpful answer.
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You'll be fine. pay attention to the condition of your wheels. I think they will show a problem before the frame does.

carbon is plenty strong, maybe this will help ease your mind.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xreZdUBqpJs
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Originally Posted by catonec
You'll be fine. pay attention to the condition of your wheels. I think they will show a problem before the frame does.

carbon is plenty strong, maybe this will help ease your mind.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xreZdUBqpJs
Its the best news i had in a long time. I was so happy watching aluminum break before carbon! Go Carbon! I might even hire some GoCarbon Cheerleaders.
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Docbilly.. sounds to me like you have thought this out pretty well already.. You do not abuse what you ride.. so ride..

catonec.. that video was baddass...
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Originally Posted by kevinvin
Docbilly.. sounds to me like you have thought this out pretty well already.. You do not abuse what you ride.. so ride..

catonec.. that video was baddass...
Actually I didin`t think about it until the bike was mine for a couple of days. Im just doing some self oriented research, rather than finding out if it will hold on or not in an aobjective way, Im finding arguments that will indicate it will hold.
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