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    Hey everyone.
    Been lurking here for quite sometime.
    My name is Marko but my friends call me Slay.

    280Lbs 5.9

    Little about me I'm from NYC and I'm Clydesdale looking to get back into riding and back in shape.
    Use to ride when I was younger then life happened and was put on hold for a few years and after a bad accident at work put on a bunch of weight.

    Looking forward to getting out riding having fun and getting in shape.

    Was a Cannondale when I was younger but and now the Proud owner of a 2018 Scott Genius 740.




    Looking forward to some great conversations and input from you all.
    Progress reports and pics to come shortly on the Clydesdale Section.


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    Roll Call: How bigga boy are ya? What bike do you ride? What I break...!

    I'm 6'0" 230#.

    I have been into mountain bikes for over 25 years now. My weight has fluctuated over the years, but mostly have stayed around the 220# mark. I still have my '94 Fat Chance Wicked Lite that I bought in '98 and it is still fully functional.
    For the past 5 years I have lived in the Middle East, in Muscat, Oman. I ride on rocky, dusty, steep mountain trails. In the past 5 years, I have broken 4 bike frames, a couple hubs, and numerous drivetrains. I tend to stretch chains pretty quick. Quick note in my defense, all 4 frames were technically warranty issues, not crash damage.
    My Fat Chance resides back in the states with my 2013 Cannondale SS 29er. Here I have my 2014 Salsa Horsethief, that I purchased used and fully customized in 2017. I also have a 2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon that I purchased as a D+ model, but have had to customize due to me breaking/ wearing out parts.
    Over the past 25 years of cycling I have found things that work. DT hubs for example, I switch to their hubs after I get fed up with freehub bodies failing on OEM parts.
    i love to travel, and want to ride as many places as I can.
    Any way, Cycling is Life! I will ride till I can't.
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    6'5 275lb bodybuilding background

    Ride a 2015 Charge Cooker 2 29er XL frame

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    6'5" 275lb bodybuilding background

    Riding Charge Cooker 2 29er XL frame

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    6'3" 275

    I used to ride a bit as a teenager. Picked up a 2016 Felt Nine 80 XL a couple years ago and am now trying to get 10+ miles in 3+ times a week. It will need upgrades but for now I just want to get some riding in.

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    6'3" 240 lbs, I ride a Salsa Timberjack SLX on the XL frame.

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    I am that rare clydesdale that also tours. The rear wheel ends up with 165 pounds on it. The frame is a 97 98 or 99 Hardrock that has been sitting in some ones garage for 20 years. The tubes are 4130 and seem to be custom drawn with 37mm down tube 33mm top tube and 1 1/4 seat tube. Notice I flipped the front bars upside down this gives me an additional inch of effective step length. https://flic.kr/p/25gj3Qm
    "Dish is illogical." Spoke of Vulcan.

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    Just got into the bike scene about 2 months ago after having not ridden a bike in about 15 years. I am 6'6" 292lbs at the moment and dropping. Currently riding a 2018 Motobecane Lurch FS 22" (XL) and having a great time with the family.


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    5'10" 226 this am. Normally below 200, but have let myself go. Working on a home remodel and selling it has taken its toll the last 6 months.

    Back on the bike again after a few years of hiatus(lots of running and some roadbiking) Riding an '05 SC Heckler that has seen nearly every part but the handlebar and the seatpost replaced over the years(literally)

    Now running a 1 x 11 drivetrain and custom wheels (Mavic rims/hope hubs). She has a lot of miles on her but still going strong.

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    6"3 319lbs down 58lbs since last November Im riding a 2017 Specialized Rockhopper
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    5'10", 223.0 this morning... Was 230 a month ago, got back on my roadie as well as Epic MTB. Just bought a Canyon Spectral, as the Epic is a bit twitchy for me. Wanting to get some miles on and weight off!

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    About 318lbs and 5í11Ē
    I have a Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead 29r on order which should be here in 4weeks. I specíd it with beefy components like a Pike fork DT hubs and XT drivetrain.

    Im hoping to get more active and drop some weight. My wife and I are also starting the 2B Mindset eating plan next week.

    Jon

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    6'3" 225 here....down from 250 13 weeks ago

    I'm romp'n round on a XL Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ R

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    Hi guys, I'm 6'5" and about 450lbs. Just getting started riding again after about 27 years off of a bicycle. I've ridden the streets around the neighborhood but riding roads sucks and I can't wait to get off. I hit some trails a week ago and had a blast! (I knew I would, I'm a dirt junkie). So I went back this week and quickly broke my chain on my unmaintained 21 year old Schwinn Frontier. I'm here now researching what will hold up for me and what I can fit in my relatively small budget.

    I've also been a dirt bike guy for a while racing some MX in my 20s now just trails and fire roads teaching my kids to ride and appreciate the mountains. I know many peddle power folks don't like the moto guys but I've got many friends that do both too.

    Update- 2018 XL Surly Karate Monkey for my new ride- picked it up Saturday
    How are the Karate Monkey and components holding up? We are about the same size and I picked up a Surly Krampus.

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    5'9", and a svelte 250.. down from 295 before Christmas.

    got a Cannondale Raven 800 and a Raleigh Talus 2.0 hard tail.
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    "..don't go ninja'n nuthin' what don't need ninja'n!"

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    5' 11" 245, Honzo AL/DL.

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    196cm and 125kg, or 6í5Ē and 275lb in the old money. Currently been riding a Scott Scale 960, but saving up for something much more suitable for my size

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    6'6 and 310lbs, just bought a YT Capra CF Pro 27.5. My last bike was a 2000 GT Zaskar LE, this is my first MTB since 2005, first full suspension.

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    5'7 218lbs
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    6'7" tall, 240, ride a 23" Fuji bighorn 27.5+

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    Hey any recommendations for a good saddle for a big guy? The SDG that came with my new bike is like riding on the narrow edge of a 2x4. Looking at Ergon, WTB or even thought a Brooks would be nice. Looking for comfort.
    Jon

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    Iím 6í3Ē 289lbs. I had gastric bypass and started at 517 lbs. when I got to 300 I treated myself to a 2018 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er with an XL frame in Rocket Red. So Iím a rider in his first year of MTB. I ride that sh*t everywhere and have been hitting trails recently and having a blast. Conquering hills I wouldnít have even been able to walk up a year ago.

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    Thatís awesome great work

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSomeIdiot View Post
    Iím 6í3Ē 289lbs. I had gastric bypass and started at 517 lbs. when I got to 300 I treated myself to a 2018 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er with an XL frame in Rocket Red. So Iím a rider in his first year of MTB. I ride that sh*t everywhere and have been hitting trails recently and having a blast. Conquering hills I wouldnít have even been able to walk up a year ago.
    Thatís awesome! Congrats on the weight loss! I had gastric bypass a year and a half ago and am down to 245 from 400.
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    51 years old
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    I own a 2015 Diamond Back Overdrive Comp XL 29er
    with Race Face riser bars, LizardSkinz grips, DMR platform pedals and kmc gold chain. Just purchased a RaceFace seatpost and Hope clamp.
    Huge bike! I may replace the 90mm stem with a 70mm soon.
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    I am 38, 5'11", and 279lbs. I actually sold my Stumpjumper and picked up my 2018 Giant Defy Advanced 2 road bike. I plan to build up my riding endurance, lose weight, and possibly buy a Specialized Chisel to ride XC next year. Oh, I also want to smoke my brothers-in-law on the trail too!

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    5'10" 230 Santa Cruz Bronson C

    My 2015 Bronson C. I've read that coil shocks aren't recommended for this frame, but the bike rides great. The adjustability of the shock allows me to get it dialed in they way I like it. No wallowing, bobbing, or bottoming out, great mid stroke support too.
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    I need some encouragement and guidance. I just got a 29r Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead and itís a sweet bike. I built it up with heavy duty stuff so I could ride it and not break it. Iím finding that my responsibilities to my young family are putting a damper on me riding. My 9yr old son has tried riding with me with his bmx bike but he hates it and we end up going home because his bike is not designed for the trails. Iím planning to take him riding where they rent bikes his size which is few and far between. Iím thinking of dropping $400 on a decent AL mountain bike so he can ride with me. I keep looking at the used market but nothing has popped up. Spending my trail rides with my son could be a great opportunity to connect as well as give me much needed exercise. Iíve been offered to ride with friends but they are very fast and thatís intimidating to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker74 View Post
    I need some encouragement and guidance. I just got a 29r Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead and itís a sweet bike. I built it up with heavy duty stuff so I could ride it and not break it. Iím finding that my responsibilities to my young family are putting a damper on me riding. My 9yr old son has tried riding with me with his bmx bike but he hates it and we end up going home because his bike is not designed for the trails. Iím planning to take him riding where they rent bikes his size which is few and far between. Iím thinking of dropping $400 on a decent AL mountain bike so he can ride with me. I keep looking at the used market but nothing has popped up. Spending my trail rides with my son could be a great opportunity to connect as well as give me much needed exercise. Iíve been offered to ride with friends but they are very fast and thatís intimidating to me.
    what area of the country are you in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker74 View Post
    I need some encouragement and guidance. I just got a 29r Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead and itís a sweet bike. I built it up with heavy duty stuff so I could ride it and not break it. Iím finding that my responsibilities to my young family are putting a damper on me riding. My 9yr old son has tried riding with me with his bmx bike but he hates it and we end up going home because his bike is not designed for the trails. Iím planning to take him riding where they rent bikes his size which is few and far between. Iím thinking of dropping $400 on a decent AL mountain bike so he can ride with me. I keep looking at the used market but nothing has popped up. Spending my trail rides with my son could be a great opportunity to connect as well as give me much needed exercise. Iíve been offered to ride with friends but they are very fast and thatís intimidating to me.
    I'm kind of in the same boat with my 9yo daughter. She rides a small 24" bike with an internal 3sp hub, kind of in between a BMX and a MTB. No suspension. Last year we went to a MTB park with friends that don't ride. As a result we took turns at shuttling the bunch to the top of the mountain and so it was a nice gravity run on smooth and flowy trails. She loved that. I live on a farm, and we have been working on establishing a flowy trail for her, but with only the 2 of us and a whole lot of other commitments, it's coming along very slowly. More recently in my town, there's a group of us that have been re-establishing an old system of trails on public land. The trails are at a standard where she can ride most of it, but there's some short but solid uphills that she has to get off and push up. I work on giving her bucket loads of encouragement, and each time we ride she has been getting stronger and gtting further up the hills on the bike. She can see that she's improving and that helps even more. Even better now as well, one of her friends now has a proper MTB and has been riding the trails with us (I have a proper MTB stashed away for her for her b'day in Sept that I am really torn about bringing out early)

    You need to get him on trails that will suit him and will let him enjoy things a bit. It may also be worth changing the gearing on the BMX with an easy gear to help in the short term. Once they're on a downhill they won't be pedaling anyway. Keep him keen. Riding with kids is great!

    Maybe start a new topic and you might get more and better input.

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    Finally decided to do something active instead of "walking", which I hate and never could continue on a regular basis. I'm 6'4" 295 lb. and 59 years old. Just bought a 2018 Diamondback Overdrive XL 29-2. The drive train, fork and brakes were an upgrade from the base Overdrive. Got it for $1209 instead of the regular $1499.

    As I said, while I despise walking, I really like riding the bike. Been out three times this past week and I've learned my neighborhood is way too steep for me starting out. I enjoy the mostly-flat bike trails about 10 miles from home so I'll transport the bike there on weekends. I need to find a route close to home that I can ride every other day.

    I assume that riding every day when first starting out (and me being way out of shape) may not be the best plan. At my age and with the 'betus, I figure my body needs a day off between rides.

    What has been your experience when first starting out? Everyday ride or something more spaced out?

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    6'3" 265lbs 49yrs old.. just coming back to mtb

    currently riding a new to me Giant Anthem 29er which has various upgrades from a the stock form of that year..

    blah blah

    fox 32 Float 29, Fox float CTD,XT disc brakes, Giant PTRX 1 wheelset, Sram XO drivetrain, Giant contact switch dropper seatpost


    I'm waiting impatiently for the 203mm XT ice-tech rotor I ordered and the 180mm for the rear..

    currently have 180/160 and I would like a bit more stopping power.. so making this change.


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    Hi, new member here.
    6'2" 250lbs

    I have a 2008 fuel EX 9 I bought off a buddy a couple years ago which i dig.
    looking to purchase a single drive train mountain bike as well for trail riding around my area. I am near Seattle/Issaquah.

    Any recommendations on a good brands/models for bigger riders? as well as something that will not break the bank.. (guessing like most here, I tend to be hard on the things i own...)

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    Hi,

    As I've made a thread I thought i'd best put up some details....

    I'm 6'7" and about 260lbs (fluctuates a little) and ride mainly trail centres at the moment (Forest of Dean, Cwmcarn and Bike Park Wales (BPW)) but need to hit some local trails though riding time is limited due to fixing up the house.

    I also work away from home so I try and hit the local area trails wherever i'm staying in the UK too.

    My bikes currently are a 2014 Banshee Prime 29er - owned about a year and built up myself. SLX 1x11, 140mm Pikes, CCDB shock (amazing) and the new spank wheels as I broke the WTBs.... Great Bike!!!

    My previous bike and still have it is a Cannondale UBER V - set up 1x10 and still a great bike made better with offset bushings too.

    Also attached a photo from BPW - my bikes get used...Ö

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pehlert View Post
    Hi, new member here.
    6'2" 250lbs

    I have a 2008 fuel EX 9 I bought off a buddy a couple years ago which i dig.
    looking to purchase a single drive train mountain bike as well for trail riding around my area. I am near Seattle/Issaquah.

    Any recommendations on a good brands/models for bigger riders? as well as something that will not break the bank.. (guessing like most here, I tend to be hard on the things i own...)
    You should check out the Santa Cruz Chameleon. I have one and it is tough. I have broken my last four bike frames in the last four years. My Chameleon has over a year on it and still holding strong! I originally bought a D+ model but have upgraded when want/needed. It comes as a 27.5+ or a 29er. There is a great thread here on MTBR:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/santa-cruz/sa...040458-16.html
    It is by far my favorite bike that I have ever owned.

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    My Current Rides!

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    Not a new member but I have been lurking for a few years. I'm 6'2" and weigh just about 250lbs. I have recently lost 28lbs in the past 6 weeks. When I retired from the Army 3 years ago, I was 250lbs (linebacker build). Now I'm getting a little soft but I'm glad to be back on my way to getting into shape.

    My latest, Orbea Alma H50:
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    Just built this Scott FX-25 from the frame up this summer:
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    My Surly Long Haul Trucker:
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    Relatively new member here, didn't realize I was considered a Clyde (thought it was mostly for tall folks). I'm ~5'11" and currently tip in at ~240-245. I'm working to get that down, but with my build will likely be a Clyde for life (I've been told I'm the epitome of barrel chested).
    I currently ride a 2017 or 18 Trek 820 (I got it late last year, honestly can't remember the model year) that I have used on a few of the trails near me (all around intermediate difficulty allegedly). I am looking around for other options for next year and am currently leaning toward a Rocky Mountain Soul (probably the 10 as it isn't that much different than the 20 and with the money I save I can upgrade the fork to be even better than the 20's), though the Growler 20 with its 27.5+ tires may make a better case for itself given my weight.
    Anyhow, glad to be here and to know there's a group of folks who are more similar to my build/size that can share knowledge on things I should consider. I just recently discovered the existence of the Iceman race near TC and think I want to get into shape to do that by 2020.

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    New User: *Updated with pics*

    Hi guys, my name is Michael and I ride a Giant Boulder Mountain Bike from around the 2004 model year. I am new to this whole forum and I figured it could be helpful to get peoples opinions on here if I ever consider a new bike. I have been riding on and off for years, but I just recently started getting back into serious riding. I use the Under Armor app "Map my Ride" for tracking and I usually split my time between paved trails and unpaved single track mountain bike trails. I am 6'1' and weigh approx. 220 lb. I use an Apple Watch series 1 for activity tracking/heart rate monitoring etc. Thanks!
    -Mike

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    Currently 270lbs down from 285...it's been slow, but it's coming off!

    Rocking my 2018 Trek Marlin 5, since the pic was taken It's now wearing a Rockshox Recon fork, a 1X drive train, and a set of Velocity "cliffhanger" wheels (36 spoke front, 40 spoke rear).

    When I hit the 220's I'd like to treat myself to a full suspension bike, but I still have to do some research to see what full squishy bikes are capable of hauling around a large fella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BassistBiker View Post
    Currently 270lbs down from 285...it's been slow, but it's coming off!

    Rocking my 2018 Trek Marlin 5, since the pic was taken It's now wearing a Rockshox Recon fork, a 1X drive train, and a set of Velocity "cliffhanger" wheels (36 spoke front, 40 spoke rear).

    When I hit the 220's I'd like to treat myself to a full suspension bike, but I still have to do some research to see what full squishy bikes are capable of hauling around a large fella.


    i think the Giant Maestro suspension is ok for us big guys.. I'm 6'3" 265 (down from 275~) I have been riding a 2nd hand old anthem 29er that got gifted to me .. the suspension has been ok even with my size.. I'm also hoping to get back down to near 220 .. I was 220 2~yrs ago.. then I tore my shoulder and had to have it fixed / physical therapy and gained weight back up to 270.. sigh which is what I had been near when I got sick of it and started working out..

    blah blah

    this is my circa 2012 Anthem I've been riding to get back into mtb.


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    I'll probably get a trance soon however.

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    6'0" about #220. Current ride is a 2019 Trek Xcaliber 8.
    Regards,
    SnyperX

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    6'3" and #237 down from #270 at the start of this year. Rewarded myself with a Spot Rollik 607 for dropping the weight. More #'s to lose and many more trails to ride.

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    6í4Ē 326# down from 439# in October of 2017 hence the name twyde lol two times a Clyde... I started on a Malibu Sun Trike with heavy tires and tubes riding a mile every night. Then I found my Hardrock for $20 on a garage sale site put some work into it i ride at least five miles a day on a bike path through the week with my kids and another five to 10 on the weekends on single track and local trails, Iíve replaced almost everything on it just to learn how it works and am now looking to upgrade to a bike that fits me better this is only a 16.5 so Iím a bit cramped up but I love this bike I take it everywhere I go

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    6'6" 380 lbs, started at 442 in late June when I picked up my XL Surly Krampus. Right now I am riding mostly walking / biking trails.

    I was concerned about it holding up because of my weight but traded some emails with the folks at Surly who assured me the frame would hold up to what I wanted to use it for but that I might tear up the components. So far I have over 250 miles on it and it is holding up great, still 100% stock except for the seat which was too narrow for me.

    Roll Call:  How bigga boy are ya? What bike do you ride?-krampus2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Mike View Post
    6'6" 380 lbs, started at 442 in late June when I picked up my XL Surly Krampus. Right now I am riding mostly walking / biking trails.
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    GREAT job man, keep up the good work. Nice looking bike.
    What part of the world are you located? That background looks awesome..
    TREK 2012 Marlin
    TREK 2013 Superfly Comp - Carbon

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMP View Post
    GREAT job man, keep up the good work. Nice looking bike.
    What part of the world are you located? That background looks awesome..
    Loving the bike.

    I'm in coastal Virginia, that is in First Landing State Park, I also do a lot of riding in the Dismal Swamp and plan on getting down to False Cape State Park

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