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    Carbon and a big guy....

    So, I have been thinking of buying a new bike. I have been looking at the Tallboy LT both alum. and carbon. Along with waiting for the Bronson to come in for a demo to our shop. I have been told by the Santacruz employee's that me being 275lbs wouldn't matter if I were to purchase a carbon bike. Since carbon was getting more and more popular, I've always stayed away since I always thought it wasn't something a person my size rode. SC assured me that I wouldn't have a problem.


    What do you guys think? My gut is telling me to try it, my head is telling me its probably not a good idea. I don't know which way to go with it.


    Thanks for the advice in advance.

    Drew.

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    I currently weight 250 bare naked, and probably 265 geared up. I have been riding carbon Santa Cruz bikes since 2010. I have not had a single issue with the durability of their frames. I don't think you will have a problem, especially if Santa Cruz themselves are telling you that you will be fine. They have a 5 year warranty on their frames now, so I say go for it. You will not regret it.

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    Thanks for such a swift response. I just figured having the carbon fibres inside my body would suck. I guess the engineering of carbon has made strides in the past few years.

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    There's a famous vid of a carbon frame getting the crap beat out of it at santa cruz. Watch that and all your concerns will be gone. Carbon is way stronger than alu.

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    I'm 235 geared up been riding a Nomad C for over a year no. Just bought my son a AL Nomad a month ago and rode that a few times.

    The difference in frame stiffness is huge. The carbon Nomad does not flex, or at least does not flex enough that its noticeable. I can feel the AL Nomad flex.

    I've also put Enve's on mt Nomad C they make immediate and very noticeable difference in the ride. Between the wheels and the frame the Nomad C is extremely stiff under my weight.

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    the carbon is stiffer and stronger. I would be more worried about having an issue with aluminum flexing

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    I weigh 310. Been on a heckler since 06. Busted spokes from little drops but the frame is tough as nails. With that said my next will be carbon tallboy lt or Bronson.

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    Thanks everyone. I guess the answer is in the material. Carbon it is! now i'm pumped! the next question is which groupo to buy lol

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