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Old 06-19-2013, 03:29 PM   #16
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I started two years ago at 318 lbs. I bought a brand new Specialized Hardrock Disc 29. It is still my only bike, but now I weigh about 212. Anyhow, nothing has broken yet, and I hammer on the thing. I just recently replaced the stock pedals with an alloy platform type. Trails, jumps (within reason), ledges, moguls; you name it. The thing has been a tank. No regrets at all.
I've checked those out and like them. Thanks for the info!
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:30 PM   #17
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I respectfully suggest that your price point needs to increase due to rider weight. Wheels will be your first problem. You need doublewall rims at least 25mm wide with DT Swiss branded spokes. Suspension is great but if you get it- bypass the suntour and rst brands and go straight to a Fox or Rockshox with a minimum 32mm stantion diameter. A crankset with replaceable chain rings will come in handy and look for a name brand rear hub that you can order replacement freehub bodies for in the future. A lot of bikes below 2k will have Avid brakes- avoid them or be prepared to replace in short order. Good luck- bikes are a great compliment to moto.
Noted. Thanks. I was suspecting I might have to go higher price-wise...
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #18
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If urban/pavement, mild off-roading suggests leisurely riding for exercise any entry level 29er is going to be just fine at 300#.

Even if you start pushing it a little and start riding more aggressive terrain, I would just suggest replacing as needed (if needed).

In the GTA, I suggest checking out the Jamis distributor that has a retail shop. You can pick up some really good deals.


http://www.rbinc-sports.com/

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http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1080862/

Beyond that, I'm not overly familiar with the entry level price points, but I think you are looking more in the $1000 range for a new, brand name entry level 29er.

Beyond that, any of the major manufacturers (AKA any brand carried in a reputable shop) will have a descent entry level bike. Cannondale, giant, specialized, trek, kona, etc (and there are many other names)... Just check out shops and see who has some old stock lying around, probably the best bet on a deal.

In terms of good shops in the GTA, there are many. Dukes, Cycle Solutions are two, that while I've never had any major dealings with, many friends are very happy with.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:44 PM   #19
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Any rigid 29er suggestions?
Any real reason for a 29er? I think that's what's gonna drive your price range up. I got into 'em because I found myself riding much rougher terrain than I was 2 years ago and wanted something to roll over obstacles more easily.

I still have a 26er that I use for bike path duty and light trail riding...don't wanna wear the 29er tires on the pavement. I've seen some absolutely smokin' deals on 26" bikes lately too. I guess since 29 is becoming more prevalent, the demand for 26" is going down? Turning radius may be a compromise with many 29ers as well. My 26er handles more quickly and takes tighter turns than the 29ers - especially the SB. The wheelbase is so long on the SB that I can't make many of the switchbacks I could with the 26er. Tire selection for 26" is much better too.
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Any real reason for a 29er? I think that's what's gonna drive your price range up. I got into 'em because I found myself riding much rougher terrain than I was 2 years ago and wanted something to roll over obstacles more easily.

I still have a 26er that I use for bike path duty and light trail riding...don't wanna wear the 29er tires on the pavement. I've seen some absolutely smokin' deals on 26" bikes lately too. I guess since 29 is becoming more prevalent, the demand for 26" is going down? Turning radius may be a compromise with many 29ers as well. My 26er handles more quickly and takes tighter turns than the 29ers - especially the SB. The wheelbase is so long on the SB that I can't make many of the switchbacks I could with the 26er. Tire selection for 26" is much better too.
29er isn't absolutely necessary but I was interested in something different.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #21
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Go to your local bike shops and see if they have any 2012 models left. I just picked up a Trek Cobia a couple weeks ago for the upper end of your price range.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #22
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Go to your local bike shops and see if they have any 2012 models left. I just picked up a Trek Cobia a couple weeks ago for the upper end of your price range.
That's my next step. The next week or two are going to be hectic but as soon as I can get the time I'll go to some local shops..
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #23
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I'm 300 and was around 280 when in "good shape".

Everything will cost more for you. On my 26" Santa Cruz Chameleon I ran 36-spoke Sun Rhino Lites in the rear, 32-spoke from. (in the background, first pic)

Aluminum hardtails are your frame of choice.

Thomson seat posts are the strongest, lightest available.

As far as a 29er, I picked up this 600$ SE Cruiser for light duty.


I'm pretty sure the components would not hold up to much more than mild dirt roads/street.

For a 29er I would have built a set of 36-spoke Sun rims (or similar, mine were built 15 years ago) most companies make a double-walled rim.

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:54 PM   #24
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As a Clydesdale with tree trunk thighs and a bomber mentality, I agree you should ignore most of the 'you'll crush any wheel' hysteria. I'm 280 lbs and have brought my all mountain bike (giant reign) up chairlifts with a Moto helmet and pressure suit. Hav never pancaked a wheel - that goes for my specialized rockhopper as well. Ride them out of true? Sure! But never pancaked or had to upgrade wheels. I'd follow the advice others have offered; buy something you love and ride the shit out of it; try to avoid the big/square edge hits if you can but enjoy it regardless. The end.

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #25
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Any rigid 29er suggestions?
See if there's any GT Peace 9'rs in your area. Back in New Orleans one of the LBS had one for $800 but that's on the high side for that bike. Probably one of the few 29'rs in your price range. (The KHS 650b was right at $900 new for a model year old last year!)
(not gonna work for you as they only have S, but give you an idea of the bike build)
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e9er_multi.htm

I think the wheel situation has a lot to do with how you ride. I've bent 26" XC wheels at 225#-240# BUT that's only when leaving the ground and usually landing to flat. I still think 29'r wheels will bend more easily than 26'r wheels at the same given rider weight. "Trail" is used loosely too, if you're looking at dirt paths then you probably won't have to worry too much about bending a wheel.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:27 PM   #26
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29er isn't absolutely necessary but I was interested in something different.
You want different, go for a 36-incher, if'n you're tall enough.

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Kona Mahuna's are pretty burly. I sold one last year to my cousin who is 6'5" and 270#, he has had no issues other than a couple flat tires from riding in New Mexico.

Any bike you buy in the price range you are looking at will be fine. The higher end bikes will have weaker wheels as they try to make them too light for your weight.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #28
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...and I forgot...can anyone recommend a good bike shop in the GTA or surrounding area?
I'm just curious. Where's "the GTA"? Where's "The Rock"?
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I'm just curious. Where's "the GTA"? Where's "The Rock"?

GTA - Greater Toronto Area

The Rock - Newfoundland
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:28 AM   #30
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As far as the 29er versus 26er.....


There really isn't any major difference for someone riding around casually. And arguably no difference for people that aren't, just a matter of catering to your weakness/strengths and the terrain you ride.

Price point for a 26er is lower, especially used as the demand for a hardtail is very low right now and there is significant supply with many people (especially around the GTA) converting to 29er. Similarly old stock in a shop is likely high priority to have removed as few, if any people are buying new HT 26ers (around here).

I won't predict where the trend is going, if 650b (27.5) will become the new standard, but 29er currently is, though 26er will never die. That makes things like selling if you need a little easier.

Personally for tooling around on varied surfaces, I think the 29er is nicer (though again you probably won't notice a huge difference if casually riding). The big wheels do roll better, especially once up to speed, carrying better momentum.

But whatever, if you are just looking for a bike to ride, get some exercise, I say get the best deal you can (26/29/650b unlikely) and ride the snot out of it. If you end up really getting into it, where you feel different equipment will make a difference, you'll be upgrading anyway.
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