Skinny tires are for little fellas ;)
I'm 6'4" 225lbs and here's my Rocky Mountain Blizzard with 4.7" Bulldozers (which are awesome).
Fun to look at the old pages. The new bikes look so much better. Not just in a fashion sense, but simply in proportion and function.
Think of the trends of the last 10 years:
10 years ago, 2.0 was a decent width, 1.9 was common for XC.Now standard tires are all 2.3, and plus tires and fat tires are all over the place.
Reinforced casings. 10 years ago, all you get in a tougher casing was DH.
More powerful and more heat resistant brakes.
Bigger wheels, 26 was all, now the smallest is 650b, 26fat and 29er are also common.
Wider rims, to prevent tire squirm.
Wider bars, 10 years ago 680 was normal, now 800 is common
It's like all the trends of the last 10 years have been moving to create better bikes for bigger riders. The average riders seem to to well by it too, but I think the big riders have benefited even more.
Did 12 miles today on the bike pushing to 20. 62 miles total on the bike pushing towards 100
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Some Autumn sun today, so took the Talbot out :)
6'5"(195cm), 180 lbs (81kg), 37" inseam.
MTB is a 2017 Trek Fuel Ex 9, 23" size.
In the pic it has a plus front wheel, still waiting for the plus rear wheel to come back in stock.
Running a 170mm crank despite my long legs, to keep pedal strikes reasonable.
Planning to increase fork travel to 140mm to raise the front a bit more too.
780mm wide, 20mm rise Syntace Vector carbon bar. Currently has 'bar-ins' on for some long rides.
Stock 50mm stem.
150mm Reverb III
200mm front rotor, stock 170 rear.
28t oval chainring.
It's also fun to see how the bikes have changed over time. Looking back at the old posts, a lot of those bikes look horribly out of proportion.
Originally Posted by mikesee
I am sure that they didn't do it for the outliers in the market, but the trends and developments in bike design have really benefited bigger riders.
Think of the following trends that are all beneficial to us:
- Longer reach
- Stronger parts
- Wider handlebars
- Bigger wheels (29er, 27.5, fatbike, plus)
- Wider rims
- Through axles
- Reinforced tire casings
- Wider tires
New Clyde member here. Current MTB is an old Fuji frame I found but upgraded with SRAM Guide brakes, XTR shifters, Recon fork, and a XT 2x11 drive train. Some parts taken from other hard tails I had. 6'3 265 now have been up to 330 in my old shot-putter days.
That is right, proportions are getting better and ever better now that.... there is 32" and 36" wheels... check out my new project here!
Originally Posted by Tjaard
6'5 tall and 230ish lbs at the moment. 9months into parenthood giving me very little me time :) Just got myself a 2nd hand Trek Stache that I bought from a long time member here. Waiting for my first trip out..
2013 Trek Stache XXL custom build.
I'm new to the forum, I'm 6'7 tall and 580lbs and I don't have a bike at the moment cause I can't find one that will take my weight.
Hello all. First post for me on mtbr.com.
6'9" 235 lb
I ride a 2017 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 23" (XXL). I also have a 2011 Specialized Rockhopper 23" that was my first bike, but I haven't ridden it in a while. I kinda miss the hardtail for some of the places I ride, but that Rockhopper isn't tough enough for me. I am hoping to see some XXL 29+ hardtails with boost hubs come up in the coming years.
I think I would do better with a larger frame than 23" and with longer cranks, but my wife already flipped out about me spending $3K.
No pic, but I am glad to see this forum (and this 12-year old post!). I'm 5'11" and around 270#. I'm also 42 and think I hit the mid-life crisis and am finally motivated to do something. When I road motorcross years ago I was around 180# and I'm hoping to get at least close to that.... I bought a MTB because I missed motocross and I'm hoping this is almost as fun but a whole lot easier on the body! It's been a while since I've had the wind knocked out of me!
I looked at some of the YouTube videos and I got hooked on the ski slope downhill stuff, that looks so much fun, reminds me of the YZ (yes I was a Yamaha guy!). Been two weeks in, around 100 miles on the bike. I hope to be able to do more, but now I'm riding around 11mph pace and an hour whips me. Is that normal? On some trails the road bikes fly by me like I'm standing still. I've hit a few mph more pushing but can't do that for even a mile. Anyway, I ride a 2017 Trek Marlin 6. Hope to get down to a good weight in a year and buy a FS bike and take me a trip out of flat Florida!
Ooops posted in the wrong area
Well 240lbs 44yo and my bike are in my sig. Need to get back to where I was about 2 years ago.
Here is a pic of my main ride. '13 Stumpjumper FSR Elite 29er, far from stock
51y/o, 260lb's... this is my main ride and race whip.
6-1ish here, weigh around 250 ready to hit the trails. I like the feel, and I as a big boy, seems more solid, but "steel is real" all way. I never broken a frame, of any material, but why chance it. Someone asked me being so big, is the weight of steel just not that, more weight? I said, I'm already slower then you despite my legs being stronger then yours, but when we leave here, I'll drink my beer faster then you, one or two pounds won't change any of that.
I ride a Niner SIR9 1x10, full XT, Fox 32 fork
Second I ride a fully rigid Salsa Ala Carte with full XTR 950 with a forged RaceFace crank.
6'6" 255lbs. 60 yr old. Mainly a road rider, but have three off road bikes. Two Treks and a Mongoose FatTire for the occasional foray into deep snow.
5'11'' and 210 lbs. That's down from 265 a few years ago.
Have a small fleet of bikes. Spesh full squish Epic, Stumpy hardtail 29er, C'Dale alloy road bike, and a couple of cross bikes to keep me rolling in muddy races.
Love riding and even more love racing. At 210 lbs I am rarely a threat to the podium but that's not the point. Just love the adrenaline and getting out and knocking around the dirt with good friends.
6'3" 200lbs down from 263lbs. I ride a Kona Honzo st XL full custom build.Attachment 1115689
Nice. I have a Honzo Steel that I've built up for light trail/kicking around on - mind telling me what frame bag that is? I've been kicking one around...I'm on a L so no guarantees on fit but would love to see a side view.
Originally Posted by OLDFATUGLY
I'd like to know as well. Hard to find one for my Atroz Comp
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6'4" 340 pounds... Specialized Hardrock 29er Disc Breaks MLO Sun Tour Fork... have lost 10 pounds first two weeks riding and counting calories... Avg 10 Miles per day 11mph, 50 miles per week.
6' 4" 330.... Had back surgery 2 weeks ago so the pounds are slowly adding on as i recover but neurosurgeon gave me the go ahead today to start riding for short periods. Current bike is nothing special. 2013 Electra Classic beach cruiser. Went to my LBS today and got some Black Ops BMX bars to make it easier to stand and pedal because its so hilly up here in Whatcom county. Will be watching this forum as I will be looking at getting a new HT once im all healed up.
Riding an 09 XL SC Nomad on the dirt and a 60cm Merckx EMX-3 on the road. Getting some new wheels for the Merckx, so will post pictures once they're on.
The road thing is still pretty new to me, but I love it. Still a bit snowy/slushy/Ivey out here in Calgary, but I'm very much looking forward to this season.
6'5" and about 360. Building an ice cream truck to play with.
My current rig. 2017 TallboyC 27+. Also have a Butcher setup as 650b.
Lost a bunch of weight.. Gained it back.. On a mission to go back down again.
Currently at 284. Happy trails to all the big boys out here doing there thing.
Been awile and I am starting over ... Trek mamba is my ride 29 incher ... Starting weight 358 ... Trying to regain my breathing first ... wish me luck ...
My new whip...
Nukeproof Scout 290 Comp
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I'm 5'6" rolling in at 225#. My current steed is a white NINER SIR9 set up single speed.
6'4 205 down from 240 1.5 years ago. Riding salsa Timberjack XL. Setting up for Bikepacking. Bags are hand made by myself. Have some learning to do to make better quality!
Happy to see I'm not the only "BIG BOY" out there....6'2" and a smidge...34" inseem....Feb. '16 I clocked in at 295lbs...and the doc' mentioned tha Diabeetus word...scared the crap out me..after walking and mindful eating, the Missus and my girls brought me home a Hardrock Disc 29er. I have always loved cycling but gave it up for career and family...I'm happy to report I'm currently @227 and riding 50+ miles a week...on the road mostly...soon as I hit 2 bills I'm promised a much better rig...a new stumpy FSR is total moto.
Hi all! New clyde here, 6'7" and about 380. Main bike is a Civilan Luddite. I like single speeds for some dumb reason. I just bought my 4th last week...
This be my main squeeze!
Great great forum. After years riding and feeling alone on my height/weight category someone just mentioned the word "Clydesdales" and googling it, found you guys!!!
Had no idea there was a group for us, not-so-small people.
Anyway, 6ft2, 295lb at the moment, riding a Cannondale Trail 2, down from 360lb.
Working to go back to my original weight of 220lb, the leanest I've ever been back in the day of military service!
Your stats are like mine, except I am 5'10" I was 200 in the service got up to 425. I am currently 325. I had dropped under 300 before last fall but slid a bit.
Originally Posted by Darkk
I just picked up a Specialized Rockhopper.
Just got into cycling and am looking at a first round goal of 250.
Picked up a 2017 Scott Aspect 940 about 3 weeks ago, done a couple of upgrades(seat, pedals, phone holder, and lights to replace the reflectors) and I'm enjoying it every chance I get!
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Don't forget to put your mileage in the fatboy challenge thread. Its a rolling total of everyone.
Originally Posted by sniperf350
6'5" @ 240lbs right now. The heaviest I had been in 10 years :-/
But here is my mean machine:
Had to quit riding for the most part last year after having 3 surgeries and then cracking the talas bone in my ankle deer hunting in november. Still bouncing around between 290-300lbs but I got a new bike last week and have pretty much ridden it everyday (3-5 miles in the woods and one 10 miler on mup trail).
Pic from a easy day out with my son riding whatever he wanted to ride at the local bike park. These trees didn't used to be this close together. Bike is a 2014 Trek Fuel ex 8.
In a previous life I lived and died cycling did century roadie rides after work 2 times a week and mountain for 20-30 miles Saturday and Sunday I stood at 5'8" 160 pounds. Fast forward 11 years add a wife 2 children a mortgage and 40-50 hours a week at work I was still 5'8" but now 235 pounds. I finally had a moment of clarity after my father nearly had a health scare. In the last year I went from 235 to 191. Eating right (smaller meals, no eating past 7 pm, drink lots of water) and a few day a week in the gym made the difference. My goal is to be sub 180 and to get me there I'm attempting to rekindle my love of cycling. Wish me luck
Still riding a Titus racer x and a moots vamoots compact.
Good luck, mate!! Life is supposed to be lived! Jump on the bike, pedal, take the kids with you on weekends and go for it!!
It's been a while, but here is my new ride.
6-3" about 240 +/- 10 pounds!
Riding an XL Santa Cruz 5010C.
6'8 and 290 - 2014 Giant Revel 29er Xl
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