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MTB for use on South Downs (United Kingdom) for a heavy rider

Old 09-28-23, 04:06 AM
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MTB for use on South Downs (United Kingdom) for a heavy rider

I am 40 years old big guy looking to get fitter and loose weight. I started the year at 24.5 stone. I am now 21.5 stone. I have been not eating so much rubbish, joined the gym and got a PT. This month I dug out my old bike that looks like a MTB but with really skinny tyres., but is not suitable for the South Downs.

What bikes do people recommend to go on the South Downs as a heavy rider?

Thoughts on Ragley Big Wig?

Budget up to 1,500

I am 10 mins outside Brighton for any local bike shop recommendations

Experience Level: None, not been on a bike since a teenager.. Given my size I am not looking to do any jumps haha I just want a bike to do 5-40 mile round trips around the South Downs gravel pathways.
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It looks to be a decent bike the only thing is getting a good set of wheels. Up the budget a little at least soon after the purchase and find a local or maybe non-local wheel builder who knows what they are doing (and note I didn't say mechanic I said wheel builder) and ask them to build you a wheel based on your weight and planned riding. The wheels on it are maybe not bad wheels but for your weight I would recommend handbuilt wheels with good quality components from someone who is a professional wheel builder and really knows what they are doing.

36h parts might be fine but a wheel is a system and getting the right parts for that system is important. Just putting in more spokes or really thick spokes with the wrong hubs and rims won't always make for a stronger wheel it is the whole system and how it is put together and with what. Look at e-bike specific components as they might help you out. DT Swiss Hybrid hubs might be a good ticket as they are built to be stronger and handle more torque however your wheel builder would be the best resource generally if they know what they are doing.

Good luck on the weight loss though it sounds like you are doing the right thing and don't give up you can do it and if you can do it maybe I can lose some of my extra "love" because I know I could stand to lose a bunch of weight.

A few final notes because I can't stop: Run nice wide tires and keep them properly inflated, bring your bike in for regular service and especially have the wheels checked out with frequency. Generally a hand built wheel set is less likely to need it but for a bigger rider it is just a good thing to keep an eye on them and the parts in general. Better to be overly cautious and keep things is really good working order then to let it fall to the wayside and have greater problems that can get more expensive down the road.

For those of us across the pond who don't want to do the research 24.5 stone is 301lbs.
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