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Would I crush this?(12 posts)

Would I crush this?magnum
Apr 29, 2003 12:02 PM
.... at around 300lbs 6'4''

as you all know I've been browsing for a new bike - i came across this deal.... 2002 CERVELO SOLOIST for 1800 (complete bike)

Or should I stick to a Cdale (cadd probably r1000 or r800 with some beefy wheels)

I don't know but..alansutton
Apr 29, 2003 12:14 PM
I'm not sure anyone would know how long that frame would last under you. You should consider a quality steel frame, particularly ones constructed with oversized diameter tubing. Consider a custom. Getting a good fit should be priority. You will also need 36 hole 3x wheels and some 28mm tyres and run ~800kPa (8bar) them.
maybe not, but I'd stick with the Dale personally (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 29, 2003 12:17 PM
maybe not, but I'd stick with the Dale personally (nm)magnum
Apr 29, 2003 12:49 PM
Thanks - going to the LBS next week

probably going with an R800 or R1000 and talk about some "clydesdale" wheels i'm sure the shimano setup will be just fine for now .... i'll upgrade as things wear out. good idea?

maybe not, but I'd stick with the Dale personally (nm)jptaylorsg
Apr 29, 2003 1:07 PM
It sounds like you're on the right track. When you go to the shop, ask about the wheels. I speak from experience as a large rider (220 lbs.) on an aluminum bike. The wheels are more likely to be a problem than the frame. After repeated broken spokes on my Mavic/105 rear wheel, I switched to a Velocity deep V with heavier gauge spokes and have found them great. I can't complain about the xtra weight, considering how much I bring to the table, and I could feel the extra wheel strength while climbing.
Great Wheel Choicepitt83
Apr 29, 2003 3:40 PM
I go 230 +/- 10 and have Velocity wheels. Great choice. Open Pro and CXP were too flimsy. CO cyclist will build on any hub.
Stick with me. I won't let you down. Regards, 'The Dale' (nm)Dale Brigham
Apr 29, 2003 1:35 PM
It's also Dale Earnhardt's Birthday. Coincidence? (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 29, 2003 1:42 PM
he will be missed (nm)magnum
Apr 29, 2003 1:47 PM
You got that right.... (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 29, 2003 1:51 PM
give Cervelo a callBergMann
Apr 29, 2003 5:22 PM
You can ask Cervelo if they have weight guidelines for a given frame.
After warrantying dozens of _snapped_ aluminum C-dales as a shop employee in the early 90s, I can't say C-dale is the first place I'd send someone for durability.

My 2 cents:
Maybe C-dale has gotten better, but if I were you and were buying a frame I wanted to last more than a season or two, I'd heed that other poster's advice and get a beefy steel or Ti frame. Many of the more affordable Ti frames differ mostly from more expensive models by using less butting in the tubesets. I had an old straight-gague Litespeed that was absolutely rock-solid, even when I loaned it out to my 200lb+ riding buddies.

12 years later, it is still going strong under a rider who weighs 20lbs more than I do (I'm 170).
C'dales from the early 90's are nothing like current frames...Matno
Apr 29, 2003 8:11 PM
Plus, C'dale's warranty is hard to beat. It may not be the perfect frame for you (or it may be perfect I don't know), but with a warranty like that, it's hard to go wrong...