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6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?(12 posts)

6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?BenK
Jul 11, 2001 8:00 AM
I'm about 6'2" tall and around 260 lbs. I currently ride an older mountain bike - an entry level Giant. The bike is fine, but I'd like to move up to a decent road bike. My concern is that, compared to my oversized, non-butted steel frame MTB, a light road bike may have trouble supporting my weight.
Currently I'm considering a Lemond Buenos Aires (Reynolds 853), Trek 2200 (AL), Klein Quantum(AL) and an Airborne Zeppelin(Ti).
Any ideas out there about what materials I should look into? Steel is much stronger than Aluminum, but aluminum and titanium are less prone to flex.
Any mature suggestions would be great.
No Problem...Jofa
Jul 11, 2001 8:17 AM
All of those bikes will be fine for you. Any well- built roadbike should be easily up to the job of supporting a 260lb rider, whether made from steel, Ali, or Ti, or composites. Specify 36 spoke wheels, for durability's sake, and 28+mm tyres for comfort, and enjoy whichever one you choose.
not if you go customWadeOmatic
Jul 11, 2001 8:18 AM
Get somebody to weld you up a custom. You'll be way ahead of the game that way. Maybe you can get a special deal as a "BIG GUY" frame tester. Call about a dozen of them. You may benefit from a custom fit as well.
make sureHarold
Jul 11, 2001 9:44 AM
it's double-butted
Jul 11, 2001 2:22 PM
make sure what is double butted? The tubes? That's mainly for weight savings. Shouldn't make it any more or less durable.
re: 6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?Mabero
Jul 11, 2001 8:22 AM
I would definately look into Aluminum rather than steel due to flex issue. With your weight I would imagine you could make the 853 frame feel like a noodle. I am a lighter but tall person and I was riding on a 525 steel frame which I could definately flex. With your weight I would go with the lesser flex.

Also I was always under the impression that under stress steel is the worst. I could be mistaken. It could have been I was reading how the constant flex will reduce the life of a frame. Either way.

I wouldn't really worry about the harshness of Aluminum or other material due to being a bigger person. Just being tall helps since the road vibrations have a longer way to travel since you are on a bigger frame.

I test rode the Trek 2300 and really loved it and I thought the Trek 5200 was outstanding as well. They both weren't harsh and both are excellent climbing bikes. I ended up buying a Cannondale though cause it I loved those even more! Try a Cannondale as well...with the Hour glass seat stays it really is a smooth ride, and it has a better component package than the Klein Quantum. Still the Klein Quantum people recommend and is an awesome bike.

I have no experience with Ti bikes but I would definately test ride an the Trek 2200...but be careful of sizing cause the 2200's biggest size is only a 60cm while the 2300 is 63cm...just get properly fitted either way and you should be all set.

I am not discounting steel at all. I would just imagine that you need a stiffer frame to accomadate for powerful muscles and bigger body.

Hope this helps.
re: 6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?Lou M
Jul 11, 2001 8:22 AM
it should be no problem, I got back into riding again a few months ago and I was around 250. I bought a high quality steel frame and components. I haven't had any problems, down to 220. I would suggest using filling your tires up to 120 psi and get some good rims, I am using campy shamals.

Good luck,
re: 6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?Lone Gunman
Jul 11, 2001 8:37 AM
Well since you are open to suggestions, I rode beside a guy in the 1999 LAF Ride for the roses, he did not have your height but he was a heavy weight. He was riding a Corima frame with high end components. The frame looked like a cruiser bike frame with the arched top tube and I don't know what the material was, but it was light. The frame style was designed and used on this bike for heavy people. He and I had 65 miles in that day when the heat got to us and we retired. I saw the same guy on that bike in the 2000 ride and that is how I remember the frame. He said he had already logged 1300 miles in 4 months and he would complete the century. Unique. Corima makes CF wheels also similar to Spinenergys. May try and start with a frame and do a buildup as you may have some "special" needs in a wheelset that may not be available as a full bike. Also saw a guy in the CNC that was just NFL HUGE riding a yellow Cannondale that could have been a cross bike frame, had mountain bike type unsuspended fork and brakes, Road components and bars, Spox wheelset. I am 6'tall, this guy was in a low aero position for him and I was drafting him sitting up right. And he was fast and wide as a semi to be behind.
Most frames should do, but not most wheelsAlexR
Jul 11, 2001 8:48 AM
I would stay away from bikes that may have an appropriate frame, but come speced with low spoke count wheels (Trek, Klein, LeMond, etc.)

You may benefit form buying a reasonable frame and having your shop help you select the right component spec. They will probably steer you away from ultralight bar/stem combos and lightweight forks, and towards 36 spoke wheels, beefy forks, steel seat post, steel stem, etc.

You should be fine, but that doesn't mean that the lightest goodies are for you.

Weight's no problem, but insist on good fitcory
Jul 11, 2001 10:17 AM
I'm 6'4" and have been as high as 270 (coming down through 225 now, mostly thanks to my new Atlantis). If you want to lose weight, cycling's a good way to get the exercise you need to do it.
Some of the trendy racer-based bikes are a little fragile, but the only size-related problems I've had were breaking spokes on my Allez. Apparently that's one place Specialized cuts costs on that bike, because I've heard of other Clydesdales having the same trouble.
One thing to be careful of, though, is fit. A lot of shops don't have much experience fitting larger guys, and they'll try to sell you what's in stock. I fit a 64 cm road bike pretty well (by most size charts I should ride a 65, but they're really hard to find). Before I ordered the Atlantis, local dealers tried to convince me I could ride a 62 or even a 60.
62 is about as big as you'll find in stock in most shops. That may be big enough for you, but maybe not. A tall seatpost by itself won't make it right because it changes the relationship between the saddle and bars--you're not going to be comfortable reaching down four or five inches to the handlebars even if Lance DOES do it that way. I'd urge you to at least test a bike they say is "too big." Feels so good you can't stop.
Wheel Recs - re: 6'2, 260 too much for a road bike?BenK
Jul 11, 2001 10:27 AM
Yes- I think my biggest concern is BB flex and wheels. I read the reviews of the Specialized Allez (which I _was_ considering) and was a bit put off by the number of people mentioning popped spokes and wheel problems. Any recommendations on a stronger wheelset? Or is strength basically dependent on number of spokes? I was considering upgrading from Vector to Vector Comp because I've heard they are much stronger.
My brother is about your size ...bianchi boy
Jul 11, 2001 12:05 PM
He's 6'3" and 240 lbs. He rides a LeMond carbon fiber that they no longer sell, but it's the same as the Trek CFs. The frame works great for him, very stiff but comfortable, and light for a bike that big. He's had the most problems with wheels, broken spokes and flats. He replaced the stock wheels with Rolfs last winter, which are light and seem to have held up well, but has still broken a few spokes. The big problem with Rolfs is that they are not waterproof and will fill up if you ride in the rain or wash your bike. Not a good thing and a real design flaw. I wouldn't buy the wheels for that reason alone. What I would do is call some large mail-order outfit like Colorado Cyclist or Excel Sports and ask their technicians for recommendations on good wheel sets for large riders.