Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 100 of 157
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    63

    Big Guys 270+ What Are You Riding?

    im wondering what the big guys (270+) are riding, what kind of riding and how well it is holding up...

    what'ya got...

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    19
    hey im 310 right now, 6'8" college OL, and i ride a trek 3700 with uprgaded components. it has held up well to the xc/trail type riding i do. so far the stock seat rails bent but it was heavy so glad to be rid of it and had a crash that bent the derailleur hanger but other than that its been great

  3. #3
    you do this at my size
    Reputation: BOAB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    199
    Riding a XL 2006 Monocog 29er, with a Vassago ODIS fork, stock wheels. At 295 it has held up well for the last 2 years of XC riding. The wheels may be heavy by most standards, but I've never had to true them. The frame so far has been bomb proof.
    if you don't feel like riding, that's usually when you need it most

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Jaysun71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    108
    Yeti 575..had it for the last two years, and its held up quite well..it's alot o fun.
    btw..I'm 6'1"..and weigh around 270

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    59
    Been riding and 06 Marin Bobcat Trail since July 08. I bent the stock seat rails but I was sitting when should have been standing. Broke the rear der. and bent the hanger, chain and six spokes but that was the rocks fault. Wheels are true well the rear one is not right now but I have not had it into the LBS to have it fixed yet, still waiting for parts to come in. Other than that it is holding up pretty good. Oh yeah and I weigh in at about 395# and do just xc/trail riding and commute on it also.

  6. #6
    Fat boy Mod Moderator
    Reputation: donalson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    2,382
    around 300#... karate monkey with tora, and a mostly stock redline d440... XC...

    29ers are great
    - Surly Disc trucker
    - '82 trek 560 roadie

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    91

    6'6" 285

    I am currently riding a Dos Niner 1x9 home build, and a recently purchased Outcast 29 for shits and giggles. I love the Salsa what a beautiful bike it is a joy to ride. I don't ride anything too crazy but here in the Northeast the roots and rocks will rattle a bike to death but the Salsa takes anything I throw at it. What ever you decide enjoy it and just ride, PEACE.

    P.S. The Salsa is a XXL and the Outcast is a 22"

  8. #8
    Are you gonna eat that?
    Reputation: Kyoseki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    500
    6'2" and 280 right now, riding an Intense 5.5, Fox TALAS 32, XTR crank & drivetrain and Industry Nine Enduro wheels.

    So far so good

    Have only had a couple of rides on the wheels so far but they've taken a fair battering and they're holding up great.
    Due to a lack of interest, tomorrow has been canceled

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    93
    I am 6'6" 270, I have been riding a SC Heckler with a DHX 5.0 coil for about 2.5 years. I do a little XC type riding, but mostly look for steeper trails with drops and stunts. It has seens some DH and jump park action as well. The main upgrades I got were bigger rotors, stronger cranks since mine blew up pretty fast and a 20mm thru axle fork (Van 36). I have been very happy with the bike since it is very reliable, easy to maintain and does just about anything I ask. I did take it to a resort (northstar) and felt that I was pushing it as far is I could. I now have a VP Free with a DHX 5.0 coil/Fox 40 for DH/shuttle days. I haven't spent enough time on that bike to give a good review, but so far it is a great DH bike.
    Big guys need bikes too!

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    298
    6 foot 245 and ride a 08 fuel EX9 and it takes 4' drops to flat

  11. #11
    Fat boy Mod Moderator
    Reputation: donalson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    2,382
    floggus... is the heckler the newer mode or older? how much travel? what travel fork is it made for?... i've been lusting after a heckler seance the 90's...
    - Surly Disc trucker
    - '82 trek 560 roadie

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    236
    6ft, bout 315 - rode an 08, and now on an 09 giant rincon.
    the bike is strong, and hasnt given me any problems. i really enjoy it
    Mostly ride xc/trail with a few small drops, and i like to bunny hop

  13. #13
    BIG and Bald
    Reputation: FireBallKY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    397
    '06 Kona Hoss



    Been riding it since November of '05 at a fluctuating weight of 350-400 lbs. Semi-agressive trail riding including some rocky/rooty trails and ocassional drops around 2 feet. Haven't had to do anything to it 'cept for tune ups. The frame is solid and stiff with little to no wasted flex. The Hoss is a solid as they come and quite affordable being under $1100!!!
    Eat to Live...not the other way around

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    28
    6'-2" 275lbs on a Trek 4500 with BB7's f/r

    Ride strictly singletrack and looking for a bit more cushioning for the bumpy sections so I'm building up a Fuji Diamond RC now.

    With the exception of the shifting, it's been bullet proof.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    93
    My Heckler is an '06...just before the newest model came out. It has 5.5 inches travel and the '07+ has 6". They say it's optimized for a 140mm travel fork, but anything between 120 and 160 will work. I run a 160mm fork and like it better than the 140 it came with. I am tall, so having a higher front end isn't a liability for me.
    Big guys need bikes too!

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11
    i was 307 now i am down to 263, im riding a 08 Santacruz Chameleon i built its holding up great.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Bunyan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    521
    What kind of riding are you looking to do?

    I'm 6'6" 280ish riding an XL '08 Stumpy 29er FSR (has been "D"-line ). Love the bike. She's pretty stiff and other than a needed wheel upgrade she's great. I pancaked the front stock DT Swiss 470 wheel and rebuilt it with a Salsa Semi. So far so good. I'm looking to get a hand built set soon with 36 spokes and Flow rims. Still deciding on hubs. Was looking at I9's but the aluminum spokes won't do so well on the East Coast sticks, roots and rocky terrain.

    Oh yeah, I'm not a skilled rider so I really abuse the bike. Always amazed at how much she can take.

  18. #18
    Pro Slacker
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    29
    6'5" 290lbs riding a '08 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc. Held up great for one season of XC. Thinking about a SC Bullit for a FS bike for next season. HT was just to see if I'd like it, I'd still be riding if snowboarding didn't take up all my free time in the winter.

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    88
    5'9 270lbs on a 2008 Cannondale F7 disc (newbie). Rims could be stronger. Can't get up most hills, so I don't notice anything wrong with the drivetrain components -____-

    Holding up well, though.

  20. #20
    some know me as mongo
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    681
    6'5" 2160 w/o gear but i carry up to about 20 lbs of stuff most of the time.

    bike one
    tomac carbide xc
    2009 SID team fork
    sram x9/xtr drive train
    hope pro2/sun ds-1 wheels
    25.0 lbs

    bike two
    kolly delerium t
    fox float 36
    shimano XT drive train
    hope pro2/mavic EN521 wheels
    36.7 lbs

    the tomac is going on about a year now and is holding up just fine. i have preformed pretty much no maintenance on it besides tube changes and lubing the chain.

    the knolly is really new to me only about 2-3 months old but has all the makings of lasting a good long time. i use this as a heavy weight AM slash light to mild FR bike. it will probably see drops as big as 5-7 feet and do to the DH parks on occasion

  21. #21
    R.I.P. DogFriend
    Reputation: jeffj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    6,795
    6' 5" currently 265lbs, but as high as 300lbs 1.5 years ago.

    Been riding:

    a) 2005 Giant Reign for 2.5 years with a Marz All Mountain 1 w/RC2x upgrade, self-built Mavic 321 rims w/XT rear hub and Marz QR20 front hub wheelset, Race Face Evolve DH crankset. Since I'm 50, I'm not an animal, but not exactly criusing buff singletrack either including several days of lift assisted riding in Big Bear although I'm mostly climbing for my vert.. Holding up well, but have replaced the stock pivot bearings with Enduro bearings(as most do that ride their Giant Maestros hard and often),

    b) Recently acquired a NOS (new old stock) 2003 Kona Nunu hardtail equipped with a RS Tora Solo Air and self-built Mavic 223 w/XT hub wheelset & Race Face Evolve XC crankset. I use this for the times I do fire road climbs with less technical descents. So far, so good, but it's only a few months old.

    I estimate about 120+/- days of riding in the past year.

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    44
    6' 7" and around 280 lbs, Ride a Turner XXL 5 spot and a custom Mikkelsen HT.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    87
    i ride a (don't laugh) santa cruz superlight D. It also has a RS Recon 80-130mm that is different than stock. it has a few hundred cross country miles over the past year with jumps of no more than 3-4 ft. I'm now in the high 260's and has held up great.

  24. #24
    turtles make me hot
    Reputation: NYrr496's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    8,653
    For years I rode a Cannondale M700 with Mavic 217 rims laced with 14 gauge spokes and a Manitou shock. I weighed as much as 280 on that bike. Now I ride a Stumpjumper FSR 29er and I'm riding it more so my weight has fallen to 255.
    I like turtles

  25. #25
    Captain Underpants
    Reputation: Random Drivel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,281
    260#, ride a Turner RFX. Bulletproof.

  26. #26
    long standing member
    Reputation: PCinSC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    3,093
    I started out on a Kona Hoss, the stays were a little flexy but otherwise it was pretty solid and it now serves as my around town bike. Moved to a 18" 2002 Turner RFX which was a little too small for me (and also a bit flexy in the rear end). Now I'm on a Specialized Enduro which is OK (but also flexy). Seeing a theme here?

    I'm looking foward to trying out some of the new DW link equipped long travel trail bikes like the Pivot Firebird and Turner RFX. With their low suspension leverage ratios, short and beefy linkages and pivotless swingarms I'm hoping they'll be well suited to abusive clyde trail riding.

  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Trogdor The Burninator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    28
    6'0" 270lbs. I ride a Cannondale Carbon Rush 3z. I was told it wouldn't hold me but I have no complaints. I do a lot of rough XC to rough all mountain. Only thing that flexes is the carbon handlebars...but I can't really blame them.

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    363
    I'm 6'5", 300lbs. My new ride is a 23" Ventana El Capitan with a PUSHed RP23.

    It's stiff, it has a 2:1 leverage ratio, it was made less than a hundred miles from where I live, and there is a Ventana dealer less than five miles from where I live.

    Sadly, I haven't taken it for a ride yet. I'm in therapy for chondromalacia patellae (kneecaps) and plantar fascitis (right foot), and I'm trying to take it easy.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation: MC Gusto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    48
    another recommendation for the kona hoss.
    It's 10 o'clock, do you know where your mom's is at?

  30. #30
    All-most Mountain
    Reputation: Camshaft213's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    533
    6'4" 265, I ride a Fuji Nevada 3.0. Only problem thus far is the stock seat broke. the bike itself has been great.

  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    89
    Im about 335lbs (was 406). 6'-1"

    2002 Specialized Bighit Comp - Large... 1x9 and 2003 Rock Shox Boxxer Team

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation: motomack86's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    180
    6'3" 260 lbs.Dirt jump,bmx,downhill,xc i do it all without issues.I ride a blur 4x,nomad,cortina steel hardtail,tazer,bullit,supercross 20 ". have ridden fox 32 and 36 forks with no problems.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation: zenkem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    496
    2002 GT Avalanche 3.0...did a major overhaul last spring with RS Tora, BB7 Disc's, Bombshell wheels and new crank...like new again.

  34. #34
    mtbr Buckeye...in Austin
    Reputation: eokerholm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    809

    Good job!

    6'6" 272 riding a customed Ventana El Cap 29er

    I can't say enough about this bike.Fits and rides like a dream. Not a cheap option by any means. (probably got $6100+ into it)
    I beefed up the Xbar and seat post, elongated the TT some, and beefier chainstays and 5" rockers. 36 hole Flows, Hadleys(steel free hub). Absolutely freakin awesome bike! Build thread here


    I had some travel envy going from a 7"/7" Titus SuperMoto so I also customed the fork.
    2009 Fox 36 TALAS RC2 (yep a 26er, cut it to fit a 29er since I wanted more travel)
    Only issues when it was muddy on the Enchilada in Moab, otherwise flawless!!!!

  35. #35
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    64
    6'6 about 260 riding a Niner Jet with Reba and Bonnie tubeless. So far so good with no problems.

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    46
    I'm riding a '07 Giant Thermo 1. I'm a bit over 300lbs and it's held up very well in the two years that I've had it. If I were to change anything on it, it would be the brakes (to something more grunty) and the forks (to something less flexy).
    Attached Images Attached Images

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    2
    I ride a Haro Mary XS had it for a little over a year it has been flawless.
    I check in at 6’5 and 265# I would defiantly recommend the Mary.
    Pete

  38. #38
    the train keeps rollin
    Reputation: snowdrifter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,213
    I highly recommend Crossmax SX wheels for big guys. I've been running them for a couple years, with no issues. I usually trash rear wheels.
    beaver hunt

  39. #39
    SS XC Junkie
    Reputation: dontheclysdale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    505
    6'3 250lbs, I've got a Haro Mary SS that has nothing original (except frame and forks) left on it. Love the bike. My brother (6'3 280lbs) has been riding an older GT i-Drive with no problems but is now converting to a Motobecane Outcast with custom wheels, and few other upgrades. Single Speed is a BLAST!

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation: paul r nelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    34
    Kona Four with Fox 32 Float and Mavic 823 wheels. Next upgrade-Turner XXL frame and a salad.
    Last edited by paul r nelson; 02-20-2009 at 11:35 AM.
    Visit Ted's Broken Bike and Refurbished Unicycle Emporium

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    68
    Quote Originally Posted by Bentrotor
    i was 307 now i am down to 263, im riding a 08 Santacruz Chameleon i built its holding up great.

    Hey I am very seriously looking at building up a Chameleon.... I weigh in about 265 - 270 at 6'3". Can you give the specs for your overall build? I am looking at options and especially interested in what a fellow clyde chose for a build.... I am kinda working on a tight budget for the build though I so need to play with and remain open to other options lol

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation: motomack86's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    180
    Quote Originally Posted by ntlarson
    Hey I am very seriously looking at building up a Chameleon.... I weigh in about 265 - 270 at 6'3". Can you give the specs for your overall build? I am looking at options and especially interested in what a fellow clyde chose for a build.... I am kinda working on a tight budget for the build though I so need to play with and remain open to other options lol
    What type of riding will you be doing?Whats your budget? Are you hard on your bike?

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    68
    Quote Originally Posted by motomack86
    What type of riding will you be doing?Whats your budget? Are you hard on your bike?

    Ok well I will keep this short as I dont want to hijack the thread completely.

    To begin with I am not 100% sure of the type of riding I will be doing. I have been out of the sport for a number of years and am breaking back in. I want to do some more aggressive riding eventually, some ups downs (aggressive XC to all-mountain type stuff), and possibly some urban assault but that is the most unlikely.

    What I am in the market is a medium to high end hard tail, really not interested in FS, with a slack geometry (or "all mountain" geometry per the marketing category) that can take a long travel front fork (120+mm with preference around 130 or 140... possibly go with a Pike with uturn or something along those lines so its adjustable, still debating/researching/deciding). My budget is kinda tight at 1500 but I could go a few hundred over that for the right set-up/deal. I had been eyeing the Kona Five-0 or five-0 deluxe but the marzocchi fork seem problematic and from what I have been told I should look more at the air suspension due to the weight as its tough to find spring strong enough to be effective for higher weight riders and air is more adjustable at no extra cost or hassle. It just takes a little more initial work to get set up.

    My current bike is a trek 4500 that I bought in college having done zero research and I really dont like it and hardly ride it cause it just doesnt fit and feel right. The geometry is off and its a bit too big for me at a 21.5" frame (though that could be more of a geometry issue than strictly a frame size issue). The riding I ahve done with that it has held up ok but I want to buy a bike that I can grow into. In other words even though I am still a relative noob coming back into the sport and wont be doing a ton of super aggressive riding initially I intend to grow into that and dont want to deal with the hassle of buying now to have to sell and upgrade in a year cause I want a different/better bike.

    Anyway I will leave it there as its already longer than I intended.... any thoughts are welcome :-)

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by Corner-Carver
    6'-2" 275lbs on a Trek 4500 with BB7's f/r

    Ride strictly singletrack and looking for a bit more cushioning for the bumpy sections so I'm building up a Fuji Diamond RC now.

    With the exception of the shifting, it's been bullet proof.
    Finally got to ride Fuji yesterday.

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    44
    6'6" & 260 lbs: 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29'er in a 23-inch frame! SWEET!

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation: marxuser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    40
    6'4" & 270 lbs.

    I ride a Niner One9 SS with rigid front fork and a Motobecane Fantom 29Pro. Mostly cross country and trails - very little jumping.

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    1,689
    Soul Cycles Icon with RS Pike. Coming off a Heckler, needed to get back to the basics.

  48. #48
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    36


    -Scott
    6/4, 275lbs

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    27
    Im 6'2 300lbs and I am riding a Stumpy FSR Expert with EX823's with King Hubs.

    5 foot ledges here I come

  50. #50
    Captain Underpants
    Reputation: Random Drivel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,281
    Still riding this, and it is still holding up:

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/BbOpgiDev4scBmlkr9hvwQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ7TmfWV0arOZ g&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_bzCP3imNsLU/SLxdNJWgnKI/AAAAAAAAA5g/AoKwZ1BdVGE/s800/DSC00168.JPG" /></a>

  51. #51
    willtsmith_nwi
    Reputation: willtsmith_nwi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Posts
    3,002
    6'4", down 20# to 270#.

    XL Karate Monkey, XT/X9 build. Two wheelsets, XT/Rhynolite (36H), XT/Gordo (32H).

    On griding steep climbs, the chainstays flex enough to make a Gordo/Rampage setup rub. For the winter, I'm running Gordo/MK 2.4 and this is a very good combination.

    I have killed one of these frames. Chainsuck gouged a chainstay and a little rust created a stress riser which did it in. I discovered this after I twisted the fork by grabbing the front brake at the bottom of an up/down transition.

    I'm happy with it though. It's cheap, and it's the first frame that has made it through an entire season with me without breaking. (I previously trashed two Giant Yukon frames, I literally just ripped them apart through grinding up climbs).

  52. #52
    thread killer
    Reputation: WTF-IDK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    747
    6 foot 300#

    my last bike was
    a 2004 Trek fuel 70:
    3 rear tryangles.
    main frame once.
    2 front forks.
    2 sram casetts.
    tacoed 2 front wheels.
    1 rear wheel.
    1 brake caliper.
    plus much more. I've lost count on little things I've destroyed, seats,rear d's,
    tubes. oh god so many pinch flats.
    all broken parts were done 1 at a time. i.e.no combos like front wheel and fork at the same time.

    I just got a 2009 white Heckler. Fox DHX 5.0 coil. Fox Float 36R 2009 in white. SLX and XT drive train. BB7's 8" front 7" rear rotors. King head set in red, Azonic outlaw wheels in red. EAston bar, Ritchey stem and post,WTB sadle.
    I haven't figured out how to load pics yet. Click on my avitar for a better look.
    next time

    [QUOTE=spazzy] Might as well sell your bikes, E-riding is much more productive.

  53. #53
    Graphic Designer
    Reputation: wiretapstudios's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    224
    6 foot, 299lbs

    Specialized Rockhopper, I've upgraded lots of parts, but I didn't break any stock parts either. I use it both on riding around town / greenways and all over the mountain, no problems.
    'Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.'
    -Mark Twain

  54. #54
    mtbr member
    Reputation: 1996cc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    234
    6'4", 275, Heckler
    2018 Transition Patrol

  55. #55
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    207
    6'4" 280 - Giant Trance 1

  56. #56
    Optimum Value
    Reputation: vertex112's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    113
    I am 5'11", 240lbs, and I ride an 08 Norco Wolverine:


  57. #57
    Ultimated Outsider
    Reputation: sundowner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    563
    She 2 1/2 years old and has been really good to me. Carbon free Titus Ti ML with a Fox Float 32x fork, I am over 270 and 6' 2".

    102_1576.JPG
    If I disagree with you, it's because you are wrong.

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation: bigmayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    8

    6' 317 lbs.

    I just got less then a month ago a 2009 Garry Fisher Tarpon. Its a nice bike and it seems to be holding up well after my 15+ miles a day rides. I guess time will tell when I get my 2 month checkup.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  59. #59
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    9
    6'5" 320 lbs and I have a GT Peace 9r. I had ridden it around a couple of times on pavement and it obviously was just fine. A buddy of mine talked me into an "easy" trail out here in AZ a couple of weeks back. In less than a mile I had bent both rims and had to hike back out. Time for some Big Boy parts....and a suspension fork. I don't know how these fully rigid riders do it. It whooped me pretty good.

  60. #60
    willtsmith_nwi
    Reputation: willtsmith_nwi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Posts
    3,002
    Quote Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
    6'4", down 20# to 270#.

    XL Karate Monkey, XT/X9 build. Two wheelsets, XT/Rhynolite (36H), XT/Gordo (32H).

    On griding steep climbs, the chainstays flex enough to make a Gordo/Rampage setup rub. For the winter, I'm running Gordo/MK 2.4 and this is a very good combination.

    I have killed one of these frames. Chainsuck gouged a chainstay and a little rust created a stress riser which did it in. I discovered this after I twisted the fork by grabbing the front brake at the bottom of an up/down transition.

    I'm happy with it though. It's cheap, and it's the first frame that has made it through an entire season with me without breaking. (I previously trashed two Giant Yukon frames, I literally just ripped them apart through grinding up climbs).
    Toasted another KM this year. It failed in the same place, chainstay. No gouges. I believe the flexibility of the KM may be it's achilles heel. The ability to push a small tire ALL the way up requires the absence of a chainstay bridge.

    I've got my eyes open for another reasonably priced 29er steel hardtail. I'm thinking Vassago.

  61. #61
    Mouth-Breather / Huffer
    Reputation: dog.gone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    650

    6'1"+, 280# GT Peace 9r Multi

    Quote Originally Posted by crawldit
    6'5" 320 lbs and I have a GT Peace 9r. I had ridden it around a couple of times on pavement and it obviously was just fine. A buddy of mine talked me into an "easy" trail out here in AZ a couple of weeks back. In less than a mile I had bent both rims and had to hike back out. Time for some Big Boy parts....and a suspension fork. I don't know how these fully rigid riders do it. It whooped me pretty good.

    Sorry to hear about the wheel problems, Crawldit. I have just shy of 500 miles on my GT Peace 9r Multi and have had what I would consider minimal issues for my size and weight (replaced the stock seatpost and collar). While I may not do 3, 4 or 5' drops or serious hucking, I'm certainly not gentle with my bike (i.e. I hit the deck frequently).

    I've had a history with smashing wheels; so much so, in fact, I had planned on immediately switching to a heavier-duty 36h wheelset. With the advice I received from our fellow Clydes, however, I chose to wait to replace the wheels until it became truly necessary to do so.

    Fortunately, the stock wheels on the 9r have done fairly well for me. Just this week I tossed my first spoke (rear, drive-side). Thankfully, I was within a couple of miles of my LBS (Cayuse Cycles) and was on my way in no time.

    If you can't tell, I really do enjoy my Peace 9r. I hope that you (and anyone with a Peace 9r) will be come to like it as much as I do.

    Here's mine in it's current state:
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by dog.gone; 07-10-2009 at 05:12 PM.
    panem et circenses

  62. #62
    mtbr member
    Reputation: espin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30
    6'-3" 280lb (down from 360lb) I ride a 07 Santa cruz bullit for downhill/Freeride and a 08 Haro shift for X country.

    I also sport a late 70's peugeut Single speed road bike for cardio training.

  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    6,137
    300# and now riding a Specialize Rockhopper 29er. Love it too.

  64. #64
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    Sorry to hear about the wheel problems, Crawldit. I have just shy of 500 miles on my GT Peace 9r Multi and have had what I would consider minimal issues for my size and weight (replaced the stock seatpost and collar). While I may not do 3, 4 or 5' drops or serious hucking, but I'm certainly not gentle with my bike (i.e. I hit the deck frequently).

    I've had a history with smashing wheels; so much so, in fact, I had planned on immediately switching to a heavier-duty 36h wheelset. With the advice I received from our fellow Clydes, however, I chose to wait to replace the wheels until it became truly necessary to do so.

    Fortunately, the stock wheels on the 9r have done fairly well for me. Just this week I tossed my first spoke (rear, drive-side). Thankfully, I was within a couple of miles of my LBS (Cayuse Cycles) and was on my way in no time.

    If you can't tell, I really do enjoy my Peace 9r. I hope that you (and anyone with a Peace 9r) will be come to like it as much as I do.

    Here's mine in it's current state:
    I appreciate the response. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the bike and I'm glad you have had such good luck so far. The "easy" trail that my buddy took me on was a 3.5 mile downhill full of loose rock, tree roots and water bars. The only air I caught was flying over the bars twice In all honesty I never should have been on that trail. I guess I'm just not a rigid bike guy. This is my first and I can't hold a line to save my life because I'm getting knocked all over the place. I'll probably pick up a Tora solo air and see how that works. First I have to see if the wheels can just be trued or if I need a rebuild. The fronts not too bad but the rear rubs on the frame when I spin it

    Here's a poser shot of my Peace 9r


  65. #65
    Mouth-Breather / Huffer
    Reputation: dog.gone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    650
    Quote Originally Posted by crawldit
    The only air I caught was flying over the bars twice
    And here I was thinking I was the only clyde to go OTB on a 29er. Fortunately when I went head first over a giant root I had a big patch of blackberry vines to cushion my fall. I think the local geologists registered 2.0 event on the Richter scale that day...
    panem et circenses

  66. #66
    My Brain Hurts!
    Reputation: ProfGumby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    700
    My commuter/city errand bike is a Giant Sedona with rim brakes and I have a trailer for the grocery runs.
    So far it is holding up fine. However, I will be changing out the rims to a good strong set of double walled
    and adding 80 PSI tires to it this winter. I am working with the LBS on finding affordable but higher quality
    than stock components for the upgrade.

    My other bike (just got it today, yay!) is a Giant Trance 2, totally stock and I pretty much plan to keep
    it that way.

    I am also looking into a fitness/road bike and I think I have that one narrowed down to either -
    a Schwinn Super Sport GS
    http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/P...Super-Sport-GS
    OR
    A Giant FCR2
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ad/2268/32200/

    The Schwinn is more cost effective but has, I think, slightly lesser components though the
    LBS owner says I am comparing apples to apples. (He also rides a Super Sport)

    So I will ride em both and figure it out from there....

    BTW, I am 5'10" and weigh about 280, a little less now, but I have not weighed in a while...
    Remember when we were kids and our Mom's said we could not play in the mud? I'm making up for it now!!

  67. #67
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    6,137
    I'm thinking about getting a road bike too but have no idea at this point what I want. I am going to see what a few of my LBS have to offer in the next week or so and go from there.

  68. #68
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    112
    The sig says it all.
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

  69. #69
    I'm a bottom feeder...
    Reputation: CARP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    156
    nice heckler!!!

  70. #70
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    112
    6'6" and 280lbs. '09 Speacialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 29er. Holding up great so far, still running it stock.
    Mark Jones

    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 29

  71. #71
    mtbr member
    Reputation: anavrinIV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    332
    6'3 265 currently, down from 315 2 years ago (and up from 245 9 months ago....grrr). currently on a haro flightline two that is far from stock. I tanked the wheels, seat, and cranks and have also replaced the chain, cassette, rear derailleur (ditched the front and shifter for a 1x8), brake pads, grips, and pedals. handlebars are pretty bent up but I haven't replaced them yet. bike has served its purpose of getting me into the sport in a big way and got me around campus at school for a year but it's days are numbered. as soon as I can scrounge the cash I'll be getting a haro mary xc.

  72. #72
    Plus size jersey model
    Reputation: bigworm520's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    1,250
    6' was 274 a couple of weeks ago riding
    2008 Yeti 575
    2007 Haro Mary SS
    2009 Some DoubleCross.

  73. #73
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    40
    Well I am 6'5"/340# and I ride a Haro V4. I have only changed the pedals & added some maxxis hookworms for commuting.

  74. #74
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by bigfekk
    i ride a (don't laugh) santa cruz superlight D. It also has a RS Recon 80-130mm that is different than stock. it has a few hundred cross country miles over the past year with jumps of no more than 3-4 ft. I'm now in the high 260's and has held up great.
    I'm not laughing because I ride the same bike! I'm 6'4" and 265lb and loving my stock 2006 Superlight D. I bought it new in 06' (240lb at the time) and broke my collar bone (on the bike) soon after. My wife and I then had two children so I'm just getting back on it. I was very worried about the extra weight I gained over the past few years but it is holding up pretty nicely. Back on it for about two weeks now and already lost 13 pounds!

  75. #75
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Boner Breaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    29
    hi guys. 6'6" was 354 down to 290. Gary Fisher Advance 21.5" frame. Stock everything except tubes and pedals. got two flats first time out bike hashing, replaced with thorn resistant tubes and filled with Stan's.

    it's my commuting and bike hashing bike. not too many great trails in south fl but we get by.

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    3

    6'8" 150kg 330 pounds

    Hey, recently bought a Scott Aspect 10 is ok but has Tora SL's up front that dive badly under brakes.

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Soupboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    4,048
    5'16"/260# riding:

    FS gearie - Lenz Behemoth 29er
    HT SS - Surly Karate Monkey
    Road SS - Salsa Casseroll
    Professional Amateur

  78. #78
    breaks everything.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    55
    I was 340 when i started, and now 270. Spec. Rockhopper. I cannot begin to explain how good it is for the bigger people. Granted the wheels were incredibly fragile, i'll chalk it up to a bad spoke set (broke 7 out in the first week) all the breaks were the threads stripping off, which i was assured by my dealer was my weight, and every single other lbs in town was poor craftsmanship.... aside from that the bike is a golden starter point for a bigger dude.

  79. #79
    I'll take you there.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    367
    Riding an '08 Haro Escape Sport, the frame is quite beef and is really working out for me.

    The rear wheel needed to be trued once and I've broken a spoke. But thats not outside of possibility when you start as a 320lb Clyde. I'm now about 300.. almost below the 300 mark, it'll be a red letter day.

    I've changed the stem, bars, pedals, and got ergon grips and sigma computer. With BB7s due in the mail any day now.

    Here is my precious:



    Last edited by The Red; 07-21-2009 at 09:15 PM.
    Be excellent to each other.

  80. #80
    Team Tortuga
    Reputation: crAZy Irish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    247
    6'1" 270
    Kona Dawg Primo
    Running Azonic Outlaw DH rims after destroying the stock ones.
    Also running the Shimano Hone cranks after destroying the RaceFace that came on it.
    Other than that it is pretty much stock. Fox RP2 and Fox Float R 160mm for suspension.

  81. #81
    Snapper
    Reputation: johnd663's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    489

    big bloke

    6.5 and 270lbs with gear

    Turner Spot XL
    Intense Spider 29er XL
    Ventana El Com 29er SS rigid.

    All with beefed up wheels and TA forks where possible.

    Have fun

    JD

  82. #82
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    136
    6'8" 285lbs.

    I am currently riding a Trek 7200 Hybrid, but after a recent trail experience I want a full out mountain bike. The Hybrid has been pretty good for urban riding other than the wheels. I bent the original wheel on a curb, the put a replacement on, and now its untrue after some trail riding. I need to upgrade, but I have feeling I would have to spend almost as much as the bike for solid 700c wheels.

  83. #83
    Clydesdale 29er
    Reputation: Baine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    189
    6'-4" 285lbs

    Novara Ponderosa 29er XL

    Upgraded the Dart 3 to the heavy spring and remote Poplock.
    Bent the OEM seat post so I upgraded to an Easton which is rock solid (no more squeak)
    Bent the front wheel twice which led to replacing the rim.

    Love my bike.

  84. #84
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    31
    At 6 foot tall 280 lbs with out gear I purchased a 2006 stumpjumper pro new from the dealer. It came with a 130 Fox Talas RLC fork. From riding and eating a little better I gradually dropped down to 245 lbs. I think I put more abuse on the bike at 245 since I carry a lot more muscle. Also my skills and physical ability improved leading me to hit the trails faster and harder. The only thing that has failed so far are the handle bars which I bent powering up a tough technical section. I made it up the section but the bars where done.

    I am not sure how but the bike has held up very well. I run a thomson masterpiece seat post which has also held up fine so far. I run 39 or 40 psi in the tires and it seems to work well.

    I ride mostly very technical cross country trails with lots of ups/downs and rocks/roots.

    This bike has outperformed and outlasted my expectations. It is also very comfortable.

  85. #85
    Ow!
    Reputation: clydecrash's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    776
    I have 3 rides, all 26":
    Strong hardtail
    Turner XCE
    SC Nomad
    All have fairly strong parts of course. The Turner is my main ride, but the hardtail sees almost as much time. Not certain I need the Nomad, but am giving it another year to see if I start using it like it should be used.

  86. #86
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    132
    I'm 6'1" tall. I don't weigh 270+ anymore, but I've been riding a Kona Hoss since I weighed 325 pounds. First a completely stock 2006 20" bike, and now a completely custom-built 2008 22" one. I'm now down to 255 pounds, but the Hoss is still my bike of choice.


  87. #87
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    814


    1998 Trek 7000zx. Had it since new. Back then it was the entry level race bike in Trek's lineup.

    Ridden hard, put away wet for the past 11 years. Weights from 300 down to 235lbs and everywhere in between. I was young and dumb and rode it way harder than I should have for a long time. Countless bottom brackets and headsets. Trued the wheels several times and replaced the fork twice before going rigid. Now it sees road/hybrid duty with minimal and smooth gravel and hard pack. Will get knobbies and some upgrades once I get more confident in my road bike.

  88. #88
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    46
    I'm now trying a Soul Cycles Dillinger, just finished the build until my custom made frame is done. I have ridden two other frames this year with no luck so far, ie. Air9, and Voodoo Aizian both of which were Scandium which I know now is no good for guys over 280.... It seems allot of you are riding bikes off the self. I've found being 6'7" 320 that there is allot of BB wobble in off the shelf frames under hard peddling, almost scary wobble. Anyone else get this impression from their frames? I have hooked up with Doug @ Curtlo Cycles to get a frame lined up. He says he has the cure for all my issues in an over sized tube steel frame. You big guys should check him out

  89. #89
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    17
    I'm 6'-0" and 270 lbs. I've been riding a Jamis Dakota Comp since 2006 and an initial weight of 317 lbs.

    I've dropped a good bit of weight but the bike has been holding up pretty good on stock components. Only problem has been the crank bolt getting loose and me racking myself when my left crank arm falls off mid-pedal.

    I'm in the process of replacing the crankset. Any suggestions for under $200?

  90. #90
    Grinder
    Reputation: nogod's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    339
    im riding a homebrew bike hehe
    Quote Originally Posted by a stoned guy with a beer in his hand eyeballing your sisters bike
    "i fit my bike to fit me;not for looks...nice did you buy that bike from jc whitney?" Stoner Island 1984

  91. #91
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    8
    I'm 6' 4" and weigh 300. I bought a Cannondale 24" M300 in 1997 and while bike commuting to work and pursuing other exercise dropped to 230.

    Medical problems and stress coincided with weight gain to 325. I started riding with a group in April and have dropped 25 pounds so far - would like to get back to 230. I'll always be a Clyde because the last time I was under 200 was when I was a "skinny" 195 in high school with a size 34" waist. I still use the M300, although there is little on it that is original. It's survived all these years of crashing over curbs and all manner of abuse.

  92. #92
    breaks everything.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    55
    yes actually, if you can swing it. cambria has a saint crankset for around 190 even up into the 180mm area (im about to buy a set) and of course 170/175 if that's your thing. the smaller sizes were around $160 i'd like to say.

    edit: triple ring too!

  93. #93
    breaks everything.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    55
    same welgo's i've got, and i swear by em. those ergo grips, took me one hill to figure out i didn't like em (on a friends ride) uphill they were a DREAM! but downhill i lost that (loving) comfortable feeling, not being able to grip full around my handlebars.

  94. #94
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    4

    JAMIS Explorer 2.0

    Picked up my new JAMIS Explorer 2.0 yesterday. Haven't ridden it yet except for the preliminary parking lot pre-buy test. I'm 5'10" just under 300. Haven't ridden since HS. Planning to ride on the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, MD. I hope to start this week. I also ordered a new Garman edge 205.

    Navy Davy

  95. #95
    2010 RockHopper Comp Disc
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    595
    2010 Rockhopper Comp Disc. The frame is like a rock, some of the stock components aren't.

  96. #96
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    8
    I just got a new bike. After riding a 1997 Cannondale M300 for over 12 twelve years I just picked up a 1994 Cannondale Super V-1000. I pumped the rear shock up to 150 psi and it rode well but needs to be a little higher. My first bike with shocks. I always thought that at 300, I was too big for shocks but was encouraged by readings others' experiences. Thanks.

  97. #97
    Fat guy on a bike
    Reputation: Mordy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    703
    6'3" 300ish. I ride a 08 Trek Fuel EX7 mostly stock, and a self built rigid Surly Karate Monkey (29er) with shimano xt hubs and WTB Dual Duty FRR rims making up the wheels.

  98. #98
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    88
    Hi all,
    6'7" 280lbs.My most recent scoot is a 2005 Kona Coiler,with a rear coil upgrade.It's the toughest bike I've ever owned,and I really mash on my equipment.
    Last edited by BigSwede; 08-25-2009 at 01:31 AM.

  99. #99
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    7
    5'6' 240 Rig 29er Ss Great Bike Holds Up, Tracks Great

  100. #100
    csr
    csr is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1

    Saddles for big guys

    Any recommendations on a good saddle?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

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
  •