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Clydesdale looking for a new bike...(7 posts)

Clydesdale looking for a new bike...Nellie
Dec 14, 2001 5:08 PM
I am looking to make my first road bike purchase and am wondering if anyone has suggestions on things like...frame material, brand/model, components, etc. I am 6'3"/225 lbs. and will use this bike mostly to train on and when i can't ride my mountain bike due to weather (unless i fall in love with it like i did when i bought my first mountain bike). I'd like to stay somewhere in the $1,500 - $2,500 +/- range (depending on if i decide to go with what i "want" versus what I realistically "need" and other issues like - how good of a deal I can get, etc.). I doubt that i'll race much (if ever) and look to find a good combination between comfort and performance - at 225 lbs. i worry about having too much flex (I don't mind making a trade off for comfort, but don't want to ride a noodle) and wonder how much my size/weight limits my choices?

I have looked at Cannondales (R2000 & R3000) and liked them when i rode them, but don't have any comparison. Is aluminum is the right choice? Too stiff and uncomfortable? Or will it work because of my size? Any thoughts on steel or titanium?

Thanks for your input.
re: Clydesdale looking for a new bike...Akirasho
Dec 14, 2001 5:19 PM
Ultimately, it'll be your choice, but you're on the right track...

At that price range, you'll have plenty of options in every current production frame material ('cept maybe beryllium).

I'm a larger rider like yourself and appreciate the stiffness of the 'Dale frame... I've also got an Airborne Spectre which is just a tad more "flexy" but comfy on the road (Note: my 'Dale is running with Spinergy SPOX wheels, the Spectre with CXP30's... overall ride qualities are close). Your weight should not limit your choices (much). There are good steel frames that might suit your tastes and needs as well.

Good luck with your search and prepare your MTB for the new arrival by telling it you still love it and how much fun it'll be to have a little sis or bro around!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Dec 14, 2001 5:51 PM
a custom steel frame from Curtlo. Mtbrs seem to love the guy, and he specializes in bikes for big guys. A lot of AL bikes these days are on the light side, which means not too durable down the line. A custom builder will take your weight into consideration and build a bike that is right for you. Curtlo is very affordable, but there are plenty of others out there.

For stock frames, I'd also check into the Merckx MX Leader--very sturdy.

good luck!
From another ClydesdaleElefantino
Dec 14, 2001 5:56 PM
I'm 6-5, 210 (OK, so maybe I'm more of a giraffe) and I have three bikes:

• A Trek 5200 OCLV, 62 cm
• A Specialized S-Works M4, 62 cm
• A Giant OCR1, L

I love the Trek. It was my first bike after 13 years on steel, and it is wonderful. A great all-day ride. Never had a problem with it, either (unless you count the fact that I broke the headtube when I collided with an unseen tree branch on the road and broke my neck ... but Trek fixed and repainted the frame).

The Specialized is a kick in the rear. It's unbelievable on hills and in sprints; it seems to gear up a lot faster than the Trek. Haven't tried it yet on an all-day ride. (I tried one for about 25 miles in June and thought it was neat; I only recently purchased one and can't ride it until January, when I'm cleared for the road again.)

The Giant is the rain bike; it's got a carbon fork and seatpost that makes it OK to ride in all conditions. But it's probably going to go to my son because I can't justify three bikes and it's the odd man out.

I also tried LeMond's Zurich, made of 853 steel. I loved it, but for an all-day rider I much preferred the OCLV. It was the only steel bike I tried that didn't feel like a noodle. The others aren't worth mentioning.

And finally, I have ridden an Seven Odanata ti, a friend's, and if I had more money I'd buy one in a half-second. It would take the place of all three of my bikes. Come to think of it, there's this Merlin at the LBS, for about $3,700, and if I sell the Trek and the M4 ....

Aaaaarrrrrrggghh! Now see what you started?

Plenty in that price range. Seen Atlantis?cory
Dec 14, 2001 8:52 PM
There's a ton of stuff available in that price range. If you're not pretty serious about road riding, in fact (but how do you know yet?), I might even suggest spending LESS--you could still get a nice bike.
Depending on what you want to do, you might look at Rivendell's Atlantis ( I'm an inch taller than you and about your weight...LBS will probably fit you on a 62cm (they did me for years), but my 64cm Atlantis is so much more comfortable than my garage full of 62s that I urge you to try a bigger frame before you buy. Atlantis frame/fork with bottom bracket is $950. I built mine with a few parts I had, bought a crank, one wheel and some small parts, and I probably have $1400-$1500 in it. I love it every day.
re: Clydesdale looking for a new bike...bigcat
Dec 15, 2001 5:47 AM
In reality, you are not really that big. Unless you start looking at the super light under 17lbs bike you sould not have problem. Any well made frame that isn't crazy light like under 2.6lbs should be ok. I myself weight in at 340lbs and have a custom steel just because I am well outside what is consider normal for a cyclist. Most of the big brands bike will be fine. The one thing you should stay a way from is carbon steer tubes on forks. I have heard just to many bad stories (check this archieve and you will understand). As long as you look at companies like C-Dale, Trek, Spec., mid rang Colonago, Pinn., Merckx, Klein, Cervelo or any other reputable brand and do your reserach you should be fine. Make sure you talk to these companies and tell them your specs and how you ride and they will steer you in the right direction. They will not want to deal with the warranty issue so you can be sure the steer you in the right direction. I myself love my custom steel Marinoni and it rides great and i am sure I could get down to 19lbs but I wont yet. I hope this is useful.
Bikes for Clydes: you ain't gonna break em'.javagenki
Dec 15, 2001 2:33 PM
I'm a Clyde myself. Over the last ten years I've owned 2 C'dales, an EL/OS Tommasini, a Litespeed, and a couple of others not worth talking about now. I've had zero trouble with any of the frames, although the Litespeed flexes a bit when standing on climbs.
From previous conversations, I know some of the smaller guys are worried about we Clydes and the durability of our frames. I'd say that unless your going with an ultra, ultra light frame, don't worry too much about it. I'd be much more concerned about my wheels.
To give some perspective, I'm a 255lb ex-hammer thrower. My twice a week weight workout includes doing leg presses: several sets of 20 at 500+lbs. At the risk of sounding like a braggadocio, if i'm not breaking frames, I doubt you will either.
BTW, I love the way the C'dales feel when applying the hammer. If I were in your position, I'd be getting the Cannondale. Just my take.