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Big rider needs advice on frames(7 posts)

Big rider needs advice on framesjptaylorsg
Apr 24, 2003 2:13 PM
I'm 6'4" and 220 lbs. Right now, I ride a compact aluminum Giant OCR1. I want to get into riding centuries by next year, and the aluminum is pretty punishing. I'd like to upgrade. For a rider my size, are composite or titanium a good option? Which would be better? Should I settle on a hybrid? Does anyone make a steel/composite hybrid? I do love climbing, so I don't want a lot of flex if I can avoid it. I'd appreciate any help.
punishing aluminum?!alansutton
Apr 24, 2003 2:56 PM
I doubt it's your frame doing the punishment. At 220lbs on such a light frame, it might be the other way around! Try a quality set of high TPI 28-30mm tyres and run them around ~7bar. I think you'll find the ride you are looking for.
Colnago MXL for oneColnagoFE
Apr 24, 2003 2:59 PM
If it fits you, you'd like it. I am 6'2" and down to 190ish now but have been up around 205 and my MXL is pretty stiff for heavier riders but the steel frame doesn't beat you up. The geometry is ideal for centuries IMO. It is a bit heavier than AL frame, but at 220 and riding a large size frame you don't want lightweight stuff anyway. Other choices might be the steel Merckxs or a custom. Carbon fiber might be a good choice also if you have the $.
re: Big rider needs advice on framesgeeker
Apr 24, 2003 4:06 PM
"aluminum is pretty punishing."

As other posters have mentioned, material doesn't have that much to do with it. A lot of big guys actually like oversized aluminum, because of the lateral stiffness.

A "sport touring" geometry, with longer chainstays and wheelbase, might be more comfortable for long distance riding. Many mfrs make these, some examples are Gunnar Sport, Heron Road, Rivendell, IF Club Racer, etc.
Apr 24, 2003 4:12 PM
"the aluminum is pretty punishing"

It's all about the frame design, not the material.

"For a rider my size, are composite or titanium a good option?"

If it fits, then it is a good option.

"Which would be better?"

You need to look into frame design first, and how it relates to the type of ride you want. For example, a traditional steel frame with skinny tubes will feel very different than a large diameter tubed steel frame despite the fact that they are both steel.

"Should I settle on a hybrid?"

There is no reason why should have to.

"...I don't want a lot of flex if I can avoid it."

What kind of flex are you talking about here? Bottom bracket flex?

If it were me I'd have you looking at Cannondales. Stiff and light and plenty strong at your size. Never met a big guy who didn't like a "stiffer" bike. Although that term "stiff" is very subjective.

Best advice?

Get fitted, and test ride everything you can get your grubby mits on.


A. (Alan's suggestion above regarding tires is also spot on. They have much to do with the comfort of the ride.)
Apr 24, 2003 4:48 PM
A lot of excellent ideas that, so far, I hadn't considered. Thanks to all
See my post above in response to Magnumgregario
Apr 25, 2003 4:10 AM
I have a large steel frame for sale. Perfect condition. Let me know if interested.