Trek 9 vs. Rocky Mountain Element 70?
My pops is looking to replace his old cannondale with a larger size/better fit. He's about 6'3.5" and 280lbs. These are the two bikes that he's narrowed it down to...
What worries me is the race design...seems a lot of the race bikes are built more for the 165lb racers than the bigger guys. Any advice would be great!
im a big dude, 230, 6ft 1in, and the trek 9 held up for me real well. it was only a demo ride, but for 45 minutes, i did some pretty aggressive trail riding on it. that thing is sweet. ive never riden a RM, so i have no idea about it. the trek is good stuff though imo.
The RM Element is a solid frame with well built pivots the weight should be fine.
The RM Element is known for a shorter cockpit, so be sure to take that into consideration when choosing size, often a longer stem, and the seat adjusted well to the rear is required.