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Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?(8 posts)

Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?RULY
May 4, 2002 7:06 AM
I wanted to know as it is the best frame for a person who weighs 220 pounds and 6'2" with this material.
These frames have limitation in weight.Any advise.
re: Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?atpjunkie
May 4, 2002 8:03 AM
any well made aluminum frame should be ok for your size. I'm 6'4" + & 230 and happen to like the ride of steel. If you get a bike with a carbon fork, I wouldn't suggest a carbon steerer unless the headset is 1.125". AME/True Temper buids a nice carbon/titanium fork as well. Most new bikes are all 1.125 so you may get away with an all carbon fork. I ride a Reynolds Ouzo comp and am quite pleased. Frames with "compact" geometry will be a little stiffer as well. Just pick any good mfg'r and you should be fine. Just don't let salesmen talk you into a bunch of ultralight crap as you will destroy it. Happy hunting.
re: Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?davet
May 4, 2002 8:31 AM
If you can bear the cost, Calfee builds carbon frames to suit just anyone at any weight: http://www.calfeedesign.com/
You might also ask your questions on the Calfee Owners Group forum: http://www.hydromedia.com/phorum/list.php?f=1
I'm sure there are some Calfee owners that are your "clydsdaleness" and could give you some insights. I'm 6'0" and 210 and ride a Calfee TetraPro, and feel the frame is plenty stiff in the BB for me.
re: Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?gtx
May 4, 2002 9:15 AM
I'd check into the latest Merckx AL offerings. Merckx frames, even the light ones, tend to be a tad overbuilt--in the past anyway. These haven't been out all that long, but they seem to be getting pretty popular--lots of reviews and happy owners on this board. Just do a search on Merckx.

http://www.cbike.com/merckx.htm

gvhbikes.com also stocks them:

http://www.gvhbikes.com/58%20C'dale/12-10-01/58%20Elite.jpg
In fact most bikes should be OK.elviento
May 4, 2002 11:36 AM
Unless the rider is all muscle and is very explosive, most frames on the market should be fine. ONly a handful of frames have a weight limit, such as Derosa Merak, etc. In a recent Cycle Sport (or is it Procycling?) ONCE's manager was riding a superlight TCR, and he is at least 240lbs from the photo. I know a 280-290lb guy who regularly rides a good old Trek OCLV and the bike has held up.
Aegis makes an "extra layup" frameJimP
May 4, 2002 4:11 PM
Aegis makes an "extra layup" frame for extra strength but I doubt you need it at your size/weight. I am 6'4" and usually weigh 185-190 and ride a 60cm Aegis "Race Lite" layup frame that is .3 lb lighter than the standard layup.
re: Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?DKF
May 5, 2002 8:13 PM
It depends on what characteristics your searching for. Your not that big. But, if you want a tight, stiff fork suitable for 60mph descents and 40mph sprints Reynolds Ouzo Pro is the only choice. For a little more comfort, excellent handling, with just a bit more flex go with Look HSC3 (I have one for sale coincidentaly). Do not even consider an all-carbon (carbon steerer) if your choice is limited to 1". Any brand would flex too much. Best of luck. I just noticed you requested info on frames, it's late and I'm a space cadet, but you will need a fork anyway. Seriously look at Cannondale for a frame. You can buy a frame only if you want more flexability.
re: Best Al/Carbon frame for heavys?atpjunkie
May 6, 2002 7:10 AM
or look into the ouzo comp as it has a alloy steerer.