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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 06-08-14, 05:06 PM   #1
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Is There Weight Limit for Trek Bikes?

Hi Everyone,

I bought an x Caliber 29ers bike yesterday to use it for exercising and loosing weight based on the recommendation of the sales person at the shop. I am around 380 lb (172 KG) and would like to know if the bike can handle my weight?! I am mainly concerned about the wheels spokes to get damaged as another sales person from different shop has told me that all Terk bikes can not handle anything more than 264 lb (120 KG) where the spokes will defiantly get damaged.

Who is saying the correct statement?

I paid a lot for this bike and considered it as an investment to help me loose weight and be on shape and I don't want to loose this investment. I have seen people bigger than me using Terk bikes and they lost at least half of their weight with it and that what motivated me.

P.S. I am going to use on road only with care.
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The Mustang rims are actually pretty tough from my experience. I would ask if the shop is comfortable with building wheels and if so ask them to make sure spoke tension is both even and correct as well as making sure the wheel is stress relieved. All of those things are critical for a wheel to last a long time but are rarely correct from the factory. If you happen to live near Colorado Springs let me know and I am happy to do all of that for free as it does not take much time.

You may still have issues with the wheels in time but it is more than likely going to be a spoke failure, something that will NOT leave you stranded so I would suggest riding them and if a spoke breaks start shopping for new wheels, or at least a rear wheel. I am very biased as I build wheels for a living but handbuilt wheels are the way to go when durability is the most important factor. If you go this route talk with your builder about what he recommends, lots of good options but every builder has their preferences.

One other thing you can do to help take some strain off your wheels is run the highest volume tire that will fit, something like the Schwalbe Big Apples are a great option here.

Starting with a nice quality mountain bike was a good move, they tend to be pretty tough and have lots of clearance for bigger tires as well as very low gears making getting up hills much easier.
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"Is there a rider weight limit for Trek bikes?Yes, we have the following weight limits on our bikes:
  • Max rider weight of 50lbs:
  • Trikester, in our Kids collection.
  • Max rider weight of 80lbs:
  • All other bikes in our Kids collection.
  • Max rider weight of 275lbs:
  • Road bikes, triathlon bikes, and cruisers.
  • Max rider weight of 300lbs:
  • All other bikes, including hybrids, urban, commuter, fitness, Ride+ electric assist, cyclocross, and all mountain bikes.
  • The Transport and Transport+ can also support an additional 220lbs of cargo, distributed as 20lbs on the front rack, 100lbs on the rear rack, and 50lbs on each side load rack.
  • Max combined rider weight of 550lbs:
  • Tandem bicycles.
  • "

Good engineers always leave a big margin though. That 300lb limit is for the impacts on MTB trails. Road use, I would expect you to be fine.

Taking care of the wheels is an excellent idea, however.

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Sullalto nailed it with the bit from the Trek website. But, from working in a Trek shop I can tell you that we've got a few riders pushing the mid 300 range on FX series bikes on crappy Philly roads and they're not out their ruining things every week. Since you're riding on the road and you're intending on riding carefully, I think you'll be fine.

If you're worried about components, did you spend the extra few bucks on Trek Care Plus? Yes, I sound like a commercial about it, but I can't stress how great a program it is if you're concerned about replacement costs for equipment. 3 years coverage, replacement of anything and everything* up to the full original cost of the bike. We recently replaced an Aeolus race wheel for a guy because he crashed it in a race. Doesn't matter how it was damaged: Racing, JRA... Trek replaces it.
There are only a few models of their bikes which it doesn't cover (Ticket/Slash/Session gravity series of bikes). Ask about it at the shop where you bought your bike if you don't already have it.

*(Tires, tubes, brake pads excluded)
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As a former 360 pound mountain bike rider, I don't think you have anything to worry about. If your wheel fails on the road, it's probably not going tone catastrophic. I broke several spokes on my mountain bike and didn't realize it until after I got home. The bike felt a little wobbly and I wasn't sure why. I ended up replacing the wheel with something a little beefier to support me, but the original wheel was probably 15 years old also.

As as for the frame, the max weight includes riders riding off-road, what the bike is designed to do. It has to take a lot more abuse off-road than on-road, so if you stay on-road you'll be fine. Have fun and enjoy your new bike!
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Looks like a marvelous bike!

Have fun...
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I had the same worry but I put it away with reason. If the bike can handle a 180lb rider landing jumps it can handle me on the road. Even a 1 metre jump can be a 20g landing or 3600lb of force.
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I certainly wouldn't try to twerk on your Terk.

Generally the rule of thumb I advise heavier rides (as one myself I also subscribe to this) is to have the wheels routinely checked to minimize the chance of a problem. Whereas a lighter rider might have his or her wheels inspected every X months, I'll usually cut that time in half or even a quarter. When I was close to 300 pounds, and riding 150+ miles a week, I'd bring my bike by the shop once a month for inspection.

To each their own but I'm a big fan of preventive maintenance and identification, versus having to phone for a ride because I'm stuck on the side of the road with a bike problem.
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I wouldn't be concerned.

While the stated limit is 300lb, that's for lawyers. You might have some difficulty if you got into an accident and tried to sue Trek, but it's not like the bike will explode as soon as you get on it.

Like others have suggested, get the wheels trued and tensioned regularly, they're the weakest part of the bike. The other thing to keep in mind is pinch flats - heavier riders are more likely to cause them. Make sure your wheels are inflated to the max pressure before each ride.
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