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October 23, 2007 at 13:36 #72627
Ive gotten a little plump and need a bike thats made for bigger boys. any suggestions. ive been out of the game a little while havent ridden in 2 years but want to get back into it because i miss it a lot. thanks
October 23, 2007 at 18:42 #72628
Hey BigE, how much was you planning on spending? I don`t know if you were thinking of a hardtail or full suspension? What brands do your local shops carry?
Glad you`ve decided to get back into the game!
October 24, 2007 at 08:01 #72629
looking to spend under 1500. I live in northern IL so i dont really require a full suspension bike but i wouldnt be against it. I need something that i can take to work (10mi on roads) and also be good on the trails. Thanks
October 24, 2007 at 10:00 #72630
Hey BigE, If I were you, and if I ever thought that I`d be on the trails any at all, I would treat myself to a full suspension bike. The major bike brand companies all have awesome bikes at this price level. I am personally fond of Specialized myself, but if your local bike shop carries Trek or Cannondale or Jamis, I wouldn`t hesitate to pick one of these brands either. MOST bike shops are very good at steering a customer into a bike that will make him or her happy. While there is no way that I would go on a new or used car lot and tell the salesman what I intended to spend, it wouldn`t bother me at all to tell a bike salesman about what I was planning on spending…the reason being, is that in this price range the manufacturers are wringing all the bang for the buck that they can (plus when you find your dream bike, you can always haggle on it then, I don`t believe the mark up is huge at this price range anyway).
OK, having said that, my choice is the Specialized FSR XC Comp.
The MSRP is $1600, but I`m sure that they would come down to your price range. This was Bicycling Magazine`s "Value" full suspension bike pick.
But this is just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…
October 24, 2007 at 13:28 #72631
What about a jamis dakar those seem pretty nice
October 24, 2007 at 14:11 #72632
A Jamis Dakar would be great, plus I would bet that you could find a good deal on one if you checked around ( I think Jenson`s sells Dakars).
Jensons USA had this Dakar, it comes in 17” or 19” . It is their XC model though. They have AM Dakars, but I noticed that they were like 13” and 15” models. I`m sure that other`s have AM Dakars out there somewhere but I did not take the time to track them down (I live in the country where I can`t get high speed internet, I`m on dial up 😏 ). Good luck!
October 24, 2007 at 15:44 #72633
Not that I want to scare you or anything, but a riding buddy of mine has a Dakar, and he has broken the rear swing arm on the thing twice. They just don’t weld it good enough and the welds break. But, it always gets fixed under warranty, so if you don’t mind risking your life, go for it!
October 24, 2007 at 16:32 #72634
I helped Bull-Rush with the same kind of question in with his post in the "Introductions" forum…. But I’ll go over the gist of it again.
If you’re a Clydesdale, you’ll want to stay away from spindly bike frames and components. If you’re not a hard-charging freerider or downhiller, you can get use frames and components that are more lightly made than what I suggested for BR. And depending on your weight, I’d still warn you away from purely pneumatic dampers for rear shocks. If you’re an average trail rider (no big drops or jumps), I’d suggest running an air/coil fork, and a piggyback coil shock. That’d give you the widest range of adjustability, while providing a damper setup that’d be least likely to be overwhelmed by your bodyweight & pedalling forces.Not that I want to scare you or anything, but a riding buddy of mine has a Dakar, and he has broken the rear swing arm on the thing twice. They just don’t weld it good enough and the welds break. But, it always gets fixed under warranty, so if you don’t mind risking your life, go for it!
What year is your friend’s Dakar? I’ve heard of the earlier models having problems, but IIRC, they’ve switched manufacturers for ’07-’08.
October 30, 2007 at 09:57 #72635
is this a good deal?
October 30, 2007 at 17:12 #72636[url:2lbq05qy]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130166973912&ssPageName=ADME:B:BCA:US:1123[/url:2lbq05qy]
is this a good deal?
Yes, that’s a good deal, as long as you can snag it for $900 or under. It’s a no-reserve auction, which could be either good or bad. The frame is offered by a zero-feedback seller, but since the seller is an actual bike-store, I think you’ll be safe.
If you can get that frame for $900 at the most, that’ll leave you $1000 to play with, and stay at or under Jamis’s MSRP for a XAM1 build. If you use components from ’06 & ’07, it’d be possible to do a bitchin’ build with that frame, and come in way under Jamis’s MSRP.
If the frame is the right size, I say go for it! Just keep in mind my recommendations for components appropriate for Clydesdales. 😀
November 6, 2007 at 17:50 #72637
I am 6′ 255lbs. I have had no problems with my fullsuspension bikes (’08 fuel ex8, 06 gary fisher). They both have fox float rear shocks. Just make sure you run the correct air pressure in your shock,fork,tires. Unless you are going to do jumps,drops over 2-3 feet. you will be fine. I say that because I don’t do anything bigger and have had no problems, you could probably do 5+ footers with no prob.
Trek, Specialized etc. have a lifetime warranty on their frames so if you break it, which you won’t, they will replace it for freeeeeeeeeeee
welcome back bro, we need some more meat on the trail.
p. s. if you find any riding jerseys, baggy riding shorts etc. in xxl …let a brother in gerth know……….
November 7, 2007 at 05:50 #72638p. s. if you find any riding jerseys, baggy riding shorts etc. in xxl …let a brother in gerth know……….
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