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Old 03-29-07, 01:07 AM
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help me find a new Mountain Bike!

Ok, so I'm looking for a new mountain bike. The thing is I need a BIG one. I'm 6'4" and fat, so I need a bike that is accommodating. I also don't want to spend a whole lot. Disk brakes are cool, but they aren't necessary.

If anyone is able to suggest a good mountain bike that would be perfect for a big dude. Let me know. I have a bike now, but it's a little smaller than I'd like for it to be, though still bigger than some of my friends cheap, crappy bikes.

I was thinking more around $500. I will admit I have not been bike shopping in a while.... or ever. My current bike is old and made like a tank... very heavy. It was one I had from when I was in high-school that I rebuilt about six years ago and no shocks. You feel every jolt. I weigh 260lbs, so I would definately want a stronger frame and not slushy shocks. Most of my biking consists of, for the most part, flat trails. There are some trails I hit that are very rocky and take some skill to pass, and some trails have steep inclines and decents into a creek bed or valley, but I can't say I do any hard-core mountain biking. Even some of the more unskilled riders/friends that tag along, though afraid of some of the trails, can usually get through even if ocasionally they walk the bike a bit.


While I'm at it, do any of your shoulders starting to ache after a many miles long ride? I hate that... always looking for a smooth surface to sit up straight and ride handless for a bit. Maybe bad posture on my part... I'm not really sure. But that was an issue for me, on this same bike, before I put on weight.
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Old 03-29-07, 01:46 AM
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about the shoulder pain: try centering your weight more over the pedals, you might just be putting too much pressure on the handlebars.. your hands should be fairly light on the bars and your feet should be heavy on the pedals
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Old 03-29-07, 02:19 AM
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I am sure there will be other suggestions but you may want to look at a Hardrock, which have pretty beefy frames. You may also want to consider disc brakes given your weight. Also, a friend of mine who is 6'2" and 240 has a Rockhopper with Rhyno Lite Sun Rims, which are disc brake ready (they have Shimano Deore hubs, which I've read are decent but not great, but which have given him no problems), pretty cheap (about $200) and able to withstand a good deal of punishment.
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Old 03-29-07, 02:22 AM
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I agree with the Hardrock suggestion. You may want to look at the Fuji Nevada as well.
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Originally Posted by junkyard
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that's a little out of his price range...

I think the Hardrock sport disc is right up his alley.
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Old 03-29-07, 08:11 AM
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Mountain bikes in the $500 range are all going to be similarly equipped. And most people on here will just post the bike that they own and say you should buy it. So you obviously this isn't the best place to find which bike to buy.

Hit the LBS and ride them all, even ones you think you can't afford. Then pick the one that fits the best and that you can afford.
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Originally Posted by bikerboyd
that's a little out of his price range...

I think the Hardrock sport disc is right up his alley.
he should get a new price range
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Old 03-29-07, 11:21 AM
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Im built very similar to you, about 6'4 225ish. I recently lost a good bit of weight though, used to be right around 265-270ish. Your budget being only $500, I would also recommend checking out the Hardrock Sport. If you aren't totally opposed to a single speed, the Monocog 29er is right around $500. It doesn't have disc-brakes, although the hubs are disc compatible. 29er's are awesome for dudes our height, my uncle has a Fisher 29er fully rigid with BB7's. First time I rode that bike, I was amazed at how it just fit. Single speed definitely takes a little getting used to, but it will make you a stronger rider and there is no derailleur to mess around with and they are a lot lower maintenance.
http://www.redlinebicycles.com/adult...ocog-29er.html
Fully rigid looks a little scary, but with 29 inch wheels, the bike rolls over obstacles a lot easier. Just don't take any huge drops with it and you'll be alright.

The problem with asking for new bike advice on a forum is that people generally tell you what they think you should get, not what you think you should get. Junkyard is right, if you want to get a bike that is gonna have some high-end components and stand up to abuse, you need to get a new price range. I can only tell you what I personally think is a good bike for a dude like you, me being similar in height. Go to the bike store and ride a bunch of bikes, see what you like.
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Originally Posted by junkyard
he should get a new price range
Your advice sucks.
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Originally Posted by Portis
Mountain bikes in the $500 range are all going to be similarly equipped. And most people on here will just post the bike that they own and say you should buy it. So you obviously this isn't the best place to find which bike to buy.

Hit the LBS and ride them all, even ones you think you can't afford. Then pick the one that fits the best and that you can afford.
Exactly,
See what's comfortable, and what comes from a shop that will give the service after the sale.
If the fit and the service are both good and in the price range that you are looking for,
then you have the winner
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Peace, Man!

I'm a big fella and I recently took to 29" mountain bikes.

I'd recommend to you the GT Peace 9r. The large model should be big enough for you and it is a pretty nice bike. I must warn you that it is a singlespeed, so if that is not your thing then all this is wasted. I looked at them pretty closely before going in a different direction, but the best pricing I found was through Bicycle Blowouts. I spoke with Paulo and although it was listed for $550, I managed to talk him down to $500 including shipping.

Happy Trails.
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Old 03-29-07, 05:31 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I will go to the bike store this weekend and see if I can find what it is i'm looking for. Your comments will no doubt give me an idea.
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looking at 29'ers is a great idea - excellent advice guys. lbs in my area was selling the '06 monocogs for $400 and the flights for $650 - phenomenal pricing. you may also want to lurk on the clydesdale forum on www.mtbr.com.

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