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Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?(14 posts)

Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?Mauceri
Jul 16, 2002 6:01 PM
I want to purchase a carbon frame. Problem is, I've been told that most carbon frames are not meant for heavier riders...200 lb +. I am about 205...I am hoping to get down to 190 soon, but what frame do you guys suggest?

Trek, Fondriest, Look?

Litespeed Titanium (nm)GK
Jul 16, 2002 6:10 PM
Jul 16, 2002 6:39 PM
That wasn't me
Jul 16, 2002 11:00 PM
I was afraid you were in jail for shooting that kid in the back. "Only Mr. Lazywriter would have the balls to shoot someone in the back for touching his lightspeed"... Or so I thought.

You'll get your chance though.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?tarwheel
Jul 17, 2002 4:28 AM
Whoever told you carbon frames aren't meant for heavier riders didn't know what they are talking about. My brother weighs 230-240 and has ridden a LeMond carbon (same as Trek carbon) for at least 5 years/25,000 miles. The frame has held up great. He has had a few repairs made under warranty, but Trek covered the costs totally and even repainted his frame for free. The problems his frame had were not related to his weight. I wouldn't buy a Trek carbon because the geometry doesn't fit me, but they are great frames and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if they fit. For the money, they are hard to beat and the lifetime warranty is something Trek stands behind.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?MXL02
Jul 17, 2002 5:05 AM
If you are a Clydesdale, then I assume you are looking at Carbon for the ride, not for any weight advantages. In that case I would recommend you call Stella at Calfee cycles and get some recommendations. My guess is some type of beefed up monocoque design would be best, but I don't know if Calfee makes these. Give Stella a call.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?JimP
Jul 17, 2002 5:20 AM
Although your 200 lb weight isn't a lot for a normal cf frame, you might want to look at Aegis. They do make a frame for heavier riders.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?Zyzbot
Jul 17, 2002 5:59 AM
I ride an AEGIS Aro Svelte. I am 6'03" and 235 pounds. No problems at all.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?BikeViking
Jul 17, 2002 6:09 AM
I am 6' 3"/200lbs and I ride an '02 5200. Absolutely love it. Rides like a dream!

Only complaint would be a couple of the frame stickers are coming off. but I have already pinged Trek about it and should be hearing from them soon
Jul 17, 2002 6:16 AM
You can get one with custom tubes for your weight...other than that I imagine a C-40 would work OK as well.
Jul 17, 2002 6:35 AM
I thought there was a weight limit of about 180-190 on the C-40, and someone told me the actually make a beefier version for heavier riders. Do you know anything about that?
not that i know ofColnagoFE
Jul 17, 2002 7:45 AM
i've heard of a 210lb limit for it. a local shop said i'd have no problems with a C-40 at 195lbs. for what that's worth, but steered me away from the Calfee Dragonfly saying the Tetra Pro would be a better choice for a rider my size.
Love my Kestrelwolfereeno
Jul 17, 2002 6:48 AM
Can't see any reason why one wouldn't work for a larger rider. I'm 165 and it seems strong as hell. I prefer the idea of the 1 piece kestrels - models such as the Talon are two pieces. They have a very good frame replacement policy.

BTW, I got a look at the Colnago Carbonisimo the other day. What a beauty - it goes for over 4 grand, frame only. It actually looks tremendously overbuilt however I imagine that there's a lot of foam and air inside so that it's really feather light.
re: Best carbon frame for 200 lb + rider?Aegis_guy
Jul 18, 2002 2:04 PM
Not surprising given my nick but I would agree with some others that you should consider Aegis. I am in the same situation as yourself. I am at about 205 but know I will drop weight quickly. I just built up an Aegis Aro Svelte and could not be happier. I settled on Aegis because they advertised they are not weight weenies, they build frames to last and are,therefore, heavier (3.5lbs??). Check out their site or give them a call. Very nice people.