Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Beginner 29" bike rec for 225# rider

    I have a hybrid that I ride around my neighborhood to the veloway and back. My twin boys are turning 12 in August and it is time to ditch the 24" Huffy and get them real bikes that they can ride to school as well as some of the trails we have around Austin. One likes the Hard Rock 15" and the other is looking at a Trek 3500. Do they really need disc brakes that can come with the bikes or is it just the cool factor? They are featherweights at about 80# and 5' each.

    I want to ride with them so I will need a beginner trail bike as well. I took a Trek Mamba for a parking lot spin and it felt really good but I'd rather keep the purchase price under $700 or less (Spouse doesn't see what is wrong with the anchors they have right now even though they weigh 35# each so spending $2k on 3 bikes is nothing she'd tolerate). I've looked hard at the Airborne Guardian as well as a few of the Gravity bikes from Bikes Direct.

    The Guardian comes with an X28 shock while the Mamba comes with an X32. I am about 225# and in my wildest dreams won't be under 180# ever and from what I've read here, the RockShox x28 could be an issue. I doubt I will ever get too vertical in my rides but I guess you never know.

    How long do you think I can ride the x28 before I start really noticing problems if I'm not riding over too many logs and boulders?

  2. #2
    I ride bikes
    Reputation: moefosho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    The x28 and x32 are both entry level forks. They work, but from my experience it seems like nobody designs forks for 225# riders. You have to adjust them. the 32 will be stiffer and stronger. If you weigh 225lbs I don't think you will notice a couple lb difference between bikes.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Thanks, Moe. I ended up asking Jeremy with Airborne his thoughts and I think I will go with a Guardian and if I end up needing a better shock/bike down the line, I will gift it to my wife who is my height but way lighter.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    An air fork is really the way to go with your weight. Even a 32mm coil would need at a new spring. 28mm needs a new spring and will be too flexy.
    A BD Gravity Point 1 with a Raidon upgrade at 175 or Recon Gold at 240 is 625 or 690.

Similar Threads

  1. 6'7" rider: XL CF FS bike vs Custom Ti FS
    By rfhestdalen in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 05-09-2013, 04:53 AM
  2. $800 29er for a 6'6" beginner rider.
    By Ksousa81 in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 03-16-2013, 10:26 AM
  3. Intermediate/Beginner rider - new bike advice
    By Meister@Torq in forum Bike and Frame discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 07-04-2011, 08:26 PM
  4. WTB: Touring bike for 5' 1" rider
    By mauric6943 in forum California - Socal
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-20-2011, 10:24 PM
  5. Replies: 24
    Last Post: 01-06-2011, 10:03 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts



VISIT US AT and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.