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Maximum mfgr listed rider weight for bike question...(3 posts)

Maximum mfgr listed rider weight for bike question...BrianNYC
Jul 31, 2003 5:50 AM
Certain bikes, particularly those made with Deda U2 but also other brews of alunminum, list maximum rider weight that the frame will support - e.g. Competative Cyclists website states a Merak has a 195 lb. weight limit and Casati's U2 frame has, I believe, a 175 lb. limit. Does this mean that if I am or close to the recommended limit I would be ok or would rather be pressing my luck and hitting a pothole might be a very ugly experience for me and the bike.

Is there a general rule about this? Experiences?

Thanks in advance
personally I'd never buy a bike with a weight limitColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 6:02 AM
I'm sure the manufacturers are conservative with those weight limits, but any bike (or component, or wheelset) with a weight limit is not gonna last as long. Super light bikes might be good for flyweight racers or those who buy a new bike every couple years, but I wouldn't consider them a long term investment. Light frames are also likely to be a noodle if you are near that weight limit.
Thanks. Good thoughts...BrianNYC
Jul 31, 2003 1:10 PM
I will continue to lust after the Casati in my heart tho