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    6'7" 350lbs UK Rider Help

    Hi,
    I have starting riding to reduce my weight. Atr the moment I am doing all road work on a Trek Hybrid but want to go off road, single trail and forrest stuff.

    I have a test ride booked on a Kona Five O next week. But I am not sure it is going to fit me.

    I am opent to suggestions on hardtail and FS if FS is possible for somebody mny size.

    Thanks

    Ian

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    Hi Ian,

    To be honest your not going to have a lot of options. General rule of thumb with clydes is if you want a bike for xc is to look at freeride type bikes and if your over 6ft consider a 29er. At your height and weight a freeride 29er would be ideal but as far as i'm aware they don't make any HT's and the choice in FS is limited.

    Whats your budget? If you have the cash you could look at the turner sultan, niner WFO, Lenz, Zinn cycles and ventanna all do strong 29er FS frames but you would be looking around the 3000 to 4000 price range. 29er HT wise you could also look at ventanna or a custom frame (dave yates or justin burls are both good) but again a custom 29er HT would set you back 2000 plus. You would also have to check with each manufacturer on recommended weight limits for each frame otherwise they might not warranty it if you have any problems.

    If you don't want to spend that sort of cash you'll be pretty much limited to 26" and I think you have hit the nail on the head HT wise with the kona five O. I'm 6'6" and 250lbs and I had a 22" kona hoss and it fitted ok and was plenty strong enough. I haven't ridden the five O but i've seen a few in the LBS and IMO you would fit it and it's as strong as hell. The only problem you might have is with the wheels but your going to get that on pretty much any non custom bike. Just ride them until they die and get a good wheel builder to build you up another bomb proof set. 26" FS just look at any freeride type bike, it will be heavy but anything else you'll break in no time.

    I have just got a 29er HT and the fit/ride of a 29er is a lot better than 26". I went down the custom frame route as I have always found you can get a frame big enough seat tube and top tube wise but they always seem to have short head tubes on HT's and to get the bars high enough you have to have a stack of spacers, 25deg stem and high rise bars.

    If you do decide to go down the 29er route it might be worth waiting for marzocchi to release their new fork. I think it's 140mm with a thru axle, stronger than the current 29er fork options as you might find the fox and rockshox forks a bit flexy even with the thru axles.

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    Hi,
    thanks for a great reply. I am also having alook at a Kona King Kahuna this week which is obvioulsy a 29er with good fork.

    I am not going to be doing jumps etc anytime soon, so might be hard pushed to kill anything. But I agree with what you say about riding a bike until something goes wrong and then replace that with something stronger.

    Cheers

    Ian

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    Mal - watch the Konas - they can come up short in length and you'll be too upright. I am the same height as you but 100lbs lighter and I have severe limits! The Hoss is a good starting point as previously said. Most anything else will be very expensive to get really right. Buy strong and replace as you wear it out. My advice would be to stay away from full sus as the design limits for them are nowhere near you. Big tyres will help - and they will have to be pumped pretty hard.

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    Hi,
    the top tube on the Kahuna is 25 inches, I suppose I can put a longer head tube on to lengthen it out.

    I tried a Gary Fisher bike and that had so may mods to fit a taller rioder it was unreal with a longer head tube and an angles seatpost + full rise bars.

    Ian

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    The King Kahuna uses a Kona Race Light Scandium Butted frame so would be worth while checking if they have any recommended weight limits for the frame. It's something you very rarely get told about until it's too late.

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    Hi,
    I have mailed Kona just to make sure. But from what I can see Scandium is supposed to be tougher than aluminium giving steel like properties.

    As you can imagine, I don't intend to stay at this weight. I ould like to loose a minimum of 70lbs.

    Ian

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    Hi,
    back to the drawing board. Kona have sold out of all 22 inch King Kahunas. The Hoss is discontinued and I am looking right at the point everbody changes for 2009-2010 bikes so there is no stock of anything.

    The Turner Sultan looks like a great frame but out of my league.

    Not sure what I am going to do now


    Ian

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    29er?

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    Hi,
    yes, will deffinitely go for a 29er. However, there are hardly any in stock in the UK.

    I really don't want to buy a Gary Fisher only to have to put 350 of other kit on it to fit me.



    Ian

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    I really like the Niner bikes- i have an RIP9,AIR9,and the next move will prolly be a one 9 rigid. I'm only 6'5" and 240 or so, but Iove the way they ride at my size. Invest in some strong wheels!

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    Er..........look for second hand? Most Kona Hosses won't be anywhere near their end of life and you might get lucky. There is a guy known as Ton that posts on Singletrackworld about your weight - ish. He seems to go through bikes quick. The problem with 29ers is there are very few that are big enough for us. My On One ScandAL would have far too much seatpost for me to want to put you on it. Then again - an On One Inbred 29er in steel with a heavyweight seatpost might be close.

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    Not sure if you want to buy a complete bike or a frame and build it up but a few others to consider for a complete bike would be specialized, not sure of the range of 29er's but they do go up to a 23" frame. Marin do two 29er's and they go up to 22" frames,

    http://www.marin.co.uk/2009/bikedeta...ModNo=2902-1F#

    If you don't mind building up a frame ventana do a 24" frame, IMO the headtube is a bit short on this frame tho,

    http://www.ventanausa.com/frame_elpadrino.html

    Or you could consider a karate monkey they do a 22" frame which comes with a ridged steel fork but the frame is suspension corrected for a 80mm fork,

    http://www.surlybikes.com/karatemonkey.html

    If you can't get anything now 2010 bikes will be coming out in three to four months which isn't that long a wait. You don't get an end of year bargin but you do usually get a better spec bike, should be a better selection of 29er's as well.

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    The Ventana FS frames look great. Well out of my price range though. I think I am going to have to wait for the new season. The geometry of GIANT bikes seems very good and rumour is they are bringing out a 29er.

    Ian

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    I have the 22" Big Kahuna and love it.

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