New Bike for a Big Man Help



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Kelly Johnson

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I am about to buy a new bicycle and I would appreciate any comments anyone has about the bicycles I
am looking at. First a little bit about me, I am 6 feet 6 inches tall and weigh 290lbs. I ride 5+
days a week. On weekdays I ride 2 hours on roads or bike trails, and on weekends I either go on a
long (5+ hour) road/trail ride, or go off roading.

The bicycles I am looking at are: Specialized M4 Haro Escape 8.0 Giant XTC 2 Trek 8000 Raleigh Talus
Rocky Mountain Hammer Race.

First and foremost I am looking for durability. I would glady trade bicycle weight for
hardier parts.

Does anybody have any recommendations or warnings about any of those bicycles for someone of my size
and activity level?

(also, I ride year round, sun or shine. Would disk brakes be a worthwhile upgrade? If so would you
recomend mechanical or hydraulic? Standard or oversize (8") rotors?. There were several times this
winter that my v-brakes froze over and provided no stopping power at all.)

Thanks a lot, Kelly Johnson [email protected]
 
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Gary Smiley

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If you weigh 290 and want durability, make sure you get some well-built wheels, preferably with at
least 36 high-quality spokes- otherwise your wheels won't hold up and will go out of shape. Most
stock wheels on the bicycles on your list won't be strong enough. Good luck.

Kelly Johnson wrote:

> I am about to buy a new bicycle and I would appreciate any comments anyone has about the bicycles
> I am looking at. First a little bit about me, I am 6 feet 6 inches tall and weigh 290lbs. I ride
> 5+ days a week. On weekdays I ride 2 hours on roads or bike trails, and on weekends I either go on
> a long (5+ hour) road/trail ride, or go off roading.
>
> The bicycles I am looking at are: Specialized M4 Haro Escape 8.0 Giant XTC 2 Trek 8000 Raleigh
> Talus Rocky Mountain Hammer Race.
>
> First and foremost I am looking for durability. I would glady trade bicycle weight for
> hardier parts.
>
> Does anybody have any recommendations or warnings about any of those bicycles for someone of my
> size and activity level?
>
> (also, I ride year round, sun or shine. Would disk brakes be a worthwhile upgrade? If so would you
> recomend mechanical or hydraulic? Standard or oversize (8") rotors?. There were several times this
> winter that my v-brakes froze over and provided no stopping power at all.)
>
> Thanks a lot, Kelly Johnson [email protected]
 
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