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Old 05-18-07, 11:03 AM
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If you had $500 to spend.....

and you were 6'7" 285lbs, planned to ride on roads and light/moderate singletrack, and this is the first bike you've bought since you were a kid....

What would you get? I'm having a hard time finding bikes my size in LBS to sit on, and i dont want to go into buying a bike blindly. Any other big boys want to chime in here?
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Old 05-18-07, 01:29 PM
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Im not a fan of them, but for someone your size a 29er might be a good go. If you dont plan on attacking many hills and only want it for light duty trails, then id suggest a redline monocog 29er and upgrade the brakes.
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I'm not nearly as big as you at only 6'2" 230lb, but I'd agree with the 29er mentioned above as a good idea. Bigger wheels = more proportional fit to a bigger bike, or so the theory goes.

I also recommend the Rockhopper -- since you said around $500. You can probably get one that's a season old for well under $500, and the MSRP on the base model (which I own) is only $520, so it's right in your range.

I recommend it because it's bomb-proof, or nearly so. I do everything on it, including some jumping (bmx-style, not dj-style) and drops, and it doesn't complain at all. It's also a mountain goat, but it's not light -- mine weighs in at 31-32lbs pretty much stock (bathroom scale measurement, so not too accurate).

A good all-around bike. But I've heard a lot of good about the 29ers, too, just haven't seen many in the $500 range.

edit: also, the Rockhoppers tend to be sized a bit big. I ride a 21", the top-tube is just over 25", and the standover is around 34". But I have a 36"+ inseam, so it fits well. They make the bike one size bigger, in a 23", that would probably fit you pretty well.
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Old 05-18-07, 06:49 PM
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Sweet, what exactly is a 29er? is that the wheels size? it's just so hard to find something in a LBS that i can sit on... makes life hard. anything else guys?
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Originally Posted by giant_kyle
Sweet, what exactly is a 29er? is that the wheels size? it's just so hard to find something in a LBS that i can sit on... makes life hard. anything else guys?
Yup 29" wheels, as opposed to 26" wheels on pretty much every other mountain bike.
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Old 05-19-07, 05:36 AM
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So are there any 29ers in my price-range that are worth buying? b/c 400 was originally my price range, but i was told by all the LBS that i'd basicly destroy bikes b/c of my weight/stregnth in the legs....
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The monocog 29er is under $500, but it is a single speed. I believe it has spacing for you to make it geared later on if you like.
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That bike only comes in a 21"......There have got to be tall bikers. i dont understand.
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A strong wheelset.......
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Old 05-23-07, 07:29 PM
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what are you talkin about?
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I'm not your size and I'm a tad lighter at 215, but I did what Kandnhome said, bought a Rockhopper. Great bike, real strong frame. Go for it.
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If I has 500$ to spend I would buy two Sun'S Double track a new stem and bar.
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Old 05-24-07, 04:22 PM
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you obviously didn't read the first post. thanks for your waste of time though!
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Old 05-25-07, 05:40 AM
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youre kinda screwed at your height/weight.
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Originally Posted by muteseh
youre kinda screwed at your height/weight.
for his budget, yes.
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I had the same problem 6'1" 220lbs....I went with a $500 bike ...first since I was a kid...and destroyed it....just doing some light single track and alittle cross country...I ended up doing a winters worth of research and alot of searching and found a KONA Hoss Deluxe for 40% off.... it basically more than doubled my original budget....but the thing is built like a tank .....its huge......and still not a pig to climb with....

Increase your budget or do some good ebay searching or non-current model searching and you would be WAY better off...(you'll only end up giving your $500 bike to your wife after you put new pedals, cranks and derailuers on it..........please ladies don't email me on that one)

KONA HOSS DELUXE gets my vote....
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I'm six three and three hundred ten pounds (not too much fat, think pro wrestler) and just bought a rockhopper on the lbs owner's recommendation. Last years model cost me seven hundred which is a little more than you said but still, aluminum double butted alloy frame is very light (lighter than the giant I bought for a ten year old girl) and so far has stood up to some amazing punishment without a hitch.
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I don't think you guys are hitting the main issue - he's 6'7"! The most important thing is to find somebody who makes a bike in like an XXL or 23" or something - to at least get close to fitting you. I ride a 21 and I'm 6'4" w/ long arms. Its lovely to suggest rockhoppers or konas but w/o them comming in a large size its useless.

I'd search around for someone (trek/fisher, giant, specialized, etc) who makes a gigantic frame to start. A few years ago i know Fisher made an XXL in a few of their models. $500 is going to lock you into a component set pretty much, so from their, being a heavy guy, you'll just have to upgrade things you break.
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I've seen 23 inch rockhoppers advertised that should be very close to what he needs, depending on leg length. I'd say the five hundred dollar limit is kind of wishful thinking though.
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Isn't the Hardrock sport disc, at $500.00, available in a 24 inch frame?
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I'd find a bike in the 23" to 25" XXL range, once you've found as many of those as you can in your price range, pick from them, if one of them is a 29er, great. but if you can't find a 29er in your size for your price, don't worry about it, the world is not over. my brother in law is 6'4" and rides a stock 23" trek 4300 and loves it.
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https://www.velonews.com/images/prn/8366.11940.f.jpg

not sure on the price though..
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If I had $500 to spend what would I buy?

A peanut butter jelly sandwhich.
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Thats helpful smashy. There are plenty of bikes available for this guy and you're all acting like its impossible.

Giant makes thier bikes in a 24, might be worth a look. The Yukon comes in under budget and might fit him. I would normally question the wheels/fork, but considering he's only planning on light duty stuff and roads, it should all be fine. 285lbs isnt the issue i dont think, it's his height.

Your best bet mate is to go to a few shops and sit on some of thier largest bikes. Even if that particular bike is out of your range, you get a feel for the size atleast which is the most important thing and can then order a lower end version of what you sat on. A good shop should be able to sort you out, you're not the first 6' 7" rider, and certainly wont be the last. I think a 24" frame will fit you fine. See if you can find a Giant dealership, or any other manufacturer that makes a bike with a 34" standover height.
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Originally Posted by Fivecoolcats
I had the same problem 6'1" 220lbs....I went with a $500 bike ...first since I was a kid...and destroyed it....just doing some light single track and alittle cross country...I ended up doing a winters worth of research and alot of searching and found a KONA Hoss Deluxe for 40% off.... it basically more than doubled my original budget....but the thing is built like a tank .....its huge......and still not a pig to climb with....

Increase your budget or do some good ebay searching or non-current model searching and you would be WAY better off...(you'll only end up giving your $500 bike to your wife after you put new pedals, cranks and derailuers on it..........please ladies don't email me on that one)

KONA HOSS DELUXE gets my vote....

Just the basic model is good enough for my vote- Look at a last years model and save a bit more. Not only is the frame able to take your weight but the wheels and other parts are strong aswell. May still be above your price but the bike is worth it.

Most Mountain bike frames would take you with ease but the wheels would be your problem. Stock wheels on cheap bikes are not strong enough. I have a friend of 220 lbs and 6'7". He got a Giant Boulder and it was the wheels that were not good enough. The bike is now 6 years old and the wheels have been replaced in that time to LX hubs 36 spokes and Freeride rims. He now needs another set but just because he keeps riding the bike and wearing them out through use- and not Misuse.
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