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Old 01-02-11, 05:20 PM   #1
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Using a Specialized Rockhopper LTD 29er for full-time commuting

So after a long bit of deliberation on my part, I decided to upgrade from my Karatemonkey (sold) to a geared 29er.

I plan on using 29er slicks on a second set of wheels for commuting but I don't want to load down the fork with gear and my 240 lb. frame. So I have been looking at building a bamboo bicycle trailer to haul my loads from home/work/school until I save up enough to buy a full-time commuter.

My question is the weight issue. I usually weigh in at 180 lbs. but ballooned up to around 280 over the last year due to injury and playing video games between work and school.

Now I'm stripping off the weight fast again, but during the time I am riding from 240-180 is that going to do a lot of damage to the fork's suspension parts?
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No the fork will be fine - especially for just commuting. I have used a trailer (BOB), for commuting it's pretty inconvenient, panniers are much better for me. Oh, and smash your video games - it'll make commuting much more pleasant.
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Yep, the fork will be just fine for commuting. The most common problem seen from lots of weight on the bike (from the rider, gear, or otherwise) is in the wheels. Seeing as its a 29er MTB, they should be ok for commuting. Just ride smart, avoid potholes and curb jumps, and keep tires inflated to a respectful level.
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