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Big GuyCBowser
Apr 17, 2003 4:17 PM
I was looking to buy my first road bike and I am 6'3", 265 pounds. I was curious if anyone had any knowledge of the carbon fiber frames and their recommended rider weight. I was looking at the Scattante 2003 CFR Carbon Road Bike, Trek 2300 aluminum, or the Trek 5200 carbon.
re: Big GuySIZE16
Apr 17, 2003 5:01 PM
I am about your size, 6'6" 240 and have a Trek 2300 and am completely happy with it ,,, the only thing i would recommend especially at our size is to check into getting a sturdier rear rim ,,, i am having a mavic cxp 33 36h rim being built now ,,, did some research and this is the best rime for the buck and solid ,,, the 2300 comes with bontrager race lite and although a solid wheel have had some problems with keeping in true and have busted 2 nips ,,, as far as the carbon fiber ... my 2 cents worth is that these are not really bikes made for us ,,, you are better off with a solid aluminum or better yet a steal frame ,,, anything lite or ultra lite forget it stay away from it ,,,
re: Big GuyTurtle Boy
Apr 17, 2003 10:30 PM
At 6' 2" and 220 I was directed by a few people to a steel frame - I really like my Lemond. I also like the idea that this frame will last a long time
re: Big GuyZogpound
Apr 18, 2003 7:26 AM
I'm 6'4" and about 250, I stick with steel and aluminum. I've never experienced the wheel problems mentioned previously.
re: Big Guychipnseal
Apr 18, 2003 9:45 AM
I'm 6'3", 220 or so, have a 36" inseam and ride a 2002 Trek 2300 in the 63cm size. (the biggest) I shortened the stem to a 100mm from the standard 120mm and the bike fits well. Trek has the longish (I guess) top tubes with this one measuring 59.8cm c-c.

I actually built up a pair of CXP-33's, 3x, on 105 hubs for most of the riding I do. The Bontrager Race Lites are still true and I had no problems but they did seem on the light side for day to day use. I think I have maybe 4k miles on them with no problems so who knows? However, the 33's are bomb proof and just the ticket for some of the crummy farm roads here in Indiana.

I bought the 2300 on closeout mid summer last year for $1500 and feel good about it. Some riders told me that the 2300 frame was "way stiff" but I find it just right. Maybe if I were 160 or so it would feel stiff.

I also looked at the 5200. I like to ride different bikes and tend to shy away from used carbon bikes so I selected the 2300 over the 5200 based on future resale value. (I know, there are xxx number of 5200's out there. Just a quirk of mine!)

I really like the 2300 and would suggest riding one. It might be hard for you to find a 63cm in stock though. BTW, have you considered a Zurich? The 59 or 61cm frame would be great and you could probably find a good deal on one.

Good luck!
Chipnseal...."I'm not fast, just persistent..."
second on the 2300innergel
Apr 21, 2003 8:29 AM
I'm 6'5" and 220 +/- 10lbs. My 63cm 2300 is a 2001 with Rolf Vector Pro's, Easton EC70 post, and TTT Forgie XL bar & stem. No problems at all with stiffness, the wheels, or responsiveness. I was not happy with the post and bars, hence the upgrades. I find the aluminum a tad bit harsh at times.

The 2300 is fairly ubiquitous, so you should be able to resell it for decent value if you find you do not like it. My guess is that you will, though.

If you want to spend a BUNCH of cash, you can get a custom built frame from Seven, Merlin, or Independant Fabrications. They all have a very extensive fitting system that will tailor a frame to your exact specs and riding preferences for essentially the same price as their stock bikes. I think Seven has stock frames up to 67cm!! For me, I drool over a Seven Alaris, but convincing the wife that $4500 for a new bike when the other one is less than 2 years old is a very hard sell.
re: Big Guypitt83
Apr 19, 2003 3:53 PM
Welcome to the Cyldesdale road team! I'm in at 6'4" and 230 +/- 15lbs depending on time of the year. I was riding a Specialized Allez and liked it; the CXP31 are not bomb proof! I hit a simple stick and flatted the rim. The OpenPro was OK, but I broke lots of spokes until a professional re-build by hand. I have been riding Velocity on Ultegra hubs and those truly are bomb proof (Colorado cyclist). I just made the switch to Carbon and love that. No flex like some fear with carbon, but this is LOOK, not conventional OCLV layering. Same price and the 5200, but you have to build it up.