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Old 10-10-17, 01:11 PM
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Trail bike for a 280lbs rider

Hello, I am in the market for a trail bike to start riding and getting into shape, I was orginally going to get a Stumpjumper hardtail but apparently they stopped making the hardtails. Now I am thinking maybe I should get a Jumpjumper full suspension, because thats what I was going to get once I lost a bit of weight, but I can't see spending around $4,000 on a hardtail when I might be able to get away with a full suspension. So my question is am I too large for a full suspension bike will I bottom out a lot or will the bike be too bouncy? The exact bike I was looking at is the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp, Or expert. Thanks
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Should be ok -- check the leverage ratio of the suspension design --- designs with higher leverage ratios often aren't the best for large guys, but I successfully roade a Santa Cruz Superlight for years at a hair over 300 lbs, and now I'm a bit lighter but still no feather, and I am riding a Yeti SB- 29'er with a more complicated suspension design

It just takes a little more time to set up, -- but the modern shocks can take 300 psi of air and usually have soft, medium and hard settings too --- you could ride the shock in a "full firm" setting while you work on those first 25 pounds --- The suspension is still active but will have a bit more resistance for you

Once your under 265 or so, anything should be able to be adjusted out to work fine within reason-- and forks are rarely a limiting factor
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The 4" wide tires work very well off road , massive contact patch, for loose surfaces and air suspension are part of the benefits.

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