Help with deciding on a new ride
I have started researching/shopping around for a new bike. I have had my GT since 1986 and have rode it into the ground.
1st problem/question Im 7'2 310# any help with recomendations is appreciated.
Here are a few of my leading contenders: Lenz Behemoth, Niner EMD or RIP, a Gary Fisher 29er ( they seem to be the smallest tho). I dont mind spending a few bucks, I want to do it right.
Comments and advice appreciated.
Have you looked at the "clyde" specific models here? The biggest frame they have is a 22" though.
2013 DeVinci Leo SL
2012 Niner Air9
2009 SE Racing SoCal Flyer
2003 TiSport Gman
The Gary Fishers only go up to a frame size of 21", so those would be too small.
If you're OK with dropping some bigger bucks, I'd look at Zinn Cycles. He specializes in custom frames and cranks for taller riders.
His web site should be listed in the MTBR links (or you can google it).
Yeah, your best bet is going to be a custom frame and a properly spec'd out list of heavy duty components. Most mass produced frames will only go up to 23" if you're lucky and they will work for most guys up to maybe 6'6"-6'7" or so, I would think. 29" wheels would help make your whole ride look a little more like it's got the proper proportions for you as well. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Give Sherwood at Ventana USA a call, see what he can help you out with. He does custom bikes, and uses quad bearings, great for creating a stiffer linkage for suspension for BIG guys. Also, fully customizable design:
And yeah, I would look to go 29er being that big!
Heres the latest update. All spec'd out for a custom frame and buildup.
Serotta Ti Max Custom
This is the paint scheme
3/4 - 1/4 polished rear with matte decal on chain stay
Arancio on the rest of the frame
the other 2 decals titanium/charcoal
fork will be polished titanium also.
Fork : White Brothers 29er fork,100 mm 20mm axel.
Wheels : DT front 440 hub 36 hole 20mm axel
Shimano disc 36 hole
Spokes DT 2.0g hand built
Rims : sun ryn lite 29er 36h
Crank : 200mm crank from high sierra cycle center [square taper]
Brakes: Hayes el camino V8
Shifters: shimano XT rapid fire shifters [ sm751]
Headset : Chris King 1x1/8 black
Seat post : Salsa Shaft 27.2 x410mm
Handle Bars : FSA 280 31.8x
Stem: FSA OS 31.8x130mm
Saddle :WTB Rocket CRMO rails
Grips: Pedro’s Dice Vice Lock
Tire : WTB EXIWOLF 29X2.3
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur : Shimano XT sgs
Cassette 9 speed XT m760 11-34
Should be complete in 3-4 weeks.....will post pics when done.
Originally Posted by rhag1128
Looks like a nice build
I wanna see this when it's done!