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Went to the Local Bike Shop - Got a Question!(7 posts)

Went to the Local Bike Shop - Got a Question!magnum
May 8, 2003 12:17 PM
I'm 6'4'' 290lbs

Went to my local Bike shop and came back impressed with 2 rigs. Cannondale R800 (mixed 105 and something else) for 1400 and Giant TCR 2 (with complete 105) I like both bikes visually - maybe the TCR just a little more than the white and silver r800 but both are lovely. I haven't ridden each - i was just there doind some prep shopping.

I think I've narrowed it down to these two models. Any of you have any input on either or? Pros / Cons. What to get or not and why? Which one will hold up better at my size and weight?

Thanks for the Help everyone - you all have helped me so much!
wheels?....Bruno S
May 8, 2003 12:55 PM
for your size and weight you must pay attention to the types of wheels both bikes come with. I would recommend 14 gage - 32 spoke wheels front and back. Current trend is to reduce the number of spokes.
re: Went to the Local Bike Shop - Got a Question!gtx
May 8, 2003 1:50 PM
I kind of doubt you'll get a good fit on the Large TCR at 6' 4." And at your weight the TCR might be a tad light, and I'm not sure I'd trust the carbon fork. But that's me. I don't know anything about the C-dale, but I'm assuming it comes in more than three sizes. I'd still recommend custom steel frame/fork and hand built 36 spoke wheels on beefy rims. Or maybe the new Rivendell Romulus?

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/romulus/
re: Went to the Local Bike Shop - Got a Question!magnum
May 8, 2003 2:08 PM
They TCR comes in 4 sizes according to their website. I straddled a 58cm Cannondale and it was pretty close in standover height if not prefect.

i dunno - i'm just looking for some advice.

Thanks
re: Went to the Local Bike Shop - Got a Question!gtx
May 8, 2003 2:18 PM
Just checked and you're right, they have an XL. So yeah, test ride it, see what you think. Don't know about the long term durability at your weight, but those bikes offer a lot of bang for the buck.
I know some big guysfracisco
May 8, 2003 3:17 PM
I know some big guys that ride Cannondale CAAD4's and CAAD5's. Okay, they might not be 290 (more like 240 - 250). I think that the Cannondale will be fine, but would agree about the wheel selection. It would behoove you to trade out the stock wheels for some 36 hole wheels.
steel frame etcSIZE16
May 8, 2003 3:31 PM
In My experience (6'6" 235 ) a solid set of rims with 36 spoke rear 32 spoke front is a minimum. Steel frame would be best aluminum should be ok ,,, weight of your rig ie: sub 20 lb is not much of a concern at your size. Anything listed as "light" or "ultra light" stay away this is not your category. Carbon fork as previously mentioned would be a concern of mine but may be ok i have never had a problem. By all means try to get a fitting for your bike your lbs should help.