Bikes for heavy riders – what are you riding?

Posted by SuperClydesdale on May 30, 2010 under Clydesdale Survey, Surveys | 16 Comments to Read

With all of the Clydesdale riders that I get on this site (I am now up to several thousand unique visitors per month),  I want to create a database of what us big guys ride, and whether we’d recommend it to other clydesdale riders.  I am starting off with the key components for heavy riders:  framesets, wheelsets, and cranksets (apparently, all the “sets”).

I have created a simple survey to allow readers of this site to tell me about themselves, and the primary road bike that they ride.

I am constantly being asked “what is the best wheelset for a heavy rider?” or “what type of frame should I get?”  There are so many manufacturers that it’s difficult to make a singular recommendation, although readers of this site will notice my recommendations based on my personal experience, both things the avoid as well as those that I’ve had good experiences with.

Announcing the official Superclydesdale.com Big & Tall Bike Survey:

  • crispycritter said,

    I ride a 2011 Specialized Tricross, with Triple front rings. using a 37×700 Panacella Tour tire.
    Bike has held up well last year

  • crispycritter said,

    I ride a 2011 Specialized Tricross, with Triple front rings. using a 37×700 Panacella Tour tire.
    Bike has held up well last year

  • DraftDriver said,

    I hope more people take the survey. It would be great to read what others are riding and recommend…

    JK

  • DraftDriver said,

    I hope more people take the survey. It would be great to read what others are riding and recommend…

    JK

  • Swedge said,

    for MTB i can recommend the GF Rumble-fish II its built like a tank. I broke a GF super caliber 29ER, it also felt waaaaay flexy…. i am 6’3″ 245.. for the road i use a Tricross comp double, however the Pave’ wheels are ONLY rated for 240lbs max!!! i broke the rear hub spoke flange in 3 places, dont know when i did, just noticed it on my last club ride!!! currently using Easton EA 50 aero wheels and they are doing fine. thing is the Pave’ wheels are supposed to be cyclocross wheels so you would figure they would be strong, but nooooo and i have only been using it as a club and commuter bike. i have 29ers for the off road stuff!!

  • Swedge said,

    for MTB i can recommend the GF Rumble-fish II its built like a tank. I broke a GF super caliber 29ER, it also felt waaaaay flexy…. i am 6’3″ 245.. for the road i use a Tricross comp double, however the Pave’ wheels are ONLY rated for 240lbs max!!! i broke the rear hub spoke flange in 3 places, dont know when i did, just noticed it on my last club ride!!! currently using Easton EA 50 aero wheels and they are doing fine. thing is the Pave’ wheels are supposed to be cyclocross wheels so you would figure they would be strong, but nooooo and i have only been using it as a club and commuter bike. i have 29ers for the off road stuff!!

  • fathlete said,

    I ride a 2010 Fuji Absolute 2.0 Flat Bar Road bike with Vuelta XRP Pro S Cyclocross 700c Disc brake wheels. Conti Ultra Race 700x25c fr/rr. Clipless pedals and shoes with Carbon Fiber soles. I’m 6’2″, 265lbs down from 305lbs when I started cycling this year. I’ve put over 1800 miles on the frame with no issues, and just over 1000 miles on the wheels and tires. I’ve only had to true the rear wheel once due to a minor crash during a metric century. I ride hard, and usually can pace between 19-21 on flat, 15-18 rolling. I surprise a lot of smaller and fitter looking riders on road bikes, by keeping up with them or passing them. There ARE people I can’t keep up with or pass, so I’m not the fastest but I’m definitely not slow. I say all of this to make a point about my frame and wheels. They have held up to my punishment this year, Charity rides, Metric Centuries, commuting, and training rides.

  • fathlete said,

    I ride a 2010 Fuji Absolute 2.0 Flat Bar Road bike with Vuelta XRP Pro S Cyclocross 700c Disc brake wheels. Conti Ultra Race 700x25c fr/rr. Clipless pedals and shoes with Carbon Fiber soles. I’m 6’2″, 265lbs down from 305lbs when I started cycling this year. I’ve put over 1800 miles on the frame with no issues, and just over 1000 miles on the wheels and tires. I’ve only had to true the rear wheel once due to a minor crash during a metric century. I ride hard, and usually can pace between 19-21 on flat, 15-18 rolling. I surprise a lot of smaller and fitter looking riders on road bikes, by keeping up with them or passing them. There ARE people I can’t keep up with or pass, so I’m not the fastest but I’m definitely not slow. I say all of this to make a point about my frame and wheels. They have held up to my punishment this year, Charity rides, Metric Centuries, commuting, and training rides.

  • mgringle said,

    I currently have a 1986 Schwinn Voyaguer that is pretty heavy but bullet proof. Looking for a new bike now and was thinking Lynskey.

  • mgringle said,

    I currently have a 1986 Schwinn Voyaguer that is pretty heavy but bullet proof. Looking for a new bike now and was thinking Lynskey.

  • bigsenior said,

    I got fed up with ‘off the shelf’ mini bikes so had a local bike manufactorer build me my steely
    Its an Argos Racing cycles (here in Bristol uk)
    It’s a lovely ride even though everyone thinks it’s a five bar gate.
    Can I post pictures?

  • bigsenior said,

    I got fed up with ‘off the shelf’ mini bikes so had a local bike manufactorer build me my steely
    Its an Argos Racing cycles (here in Bristol uk)
    It’s a lovely ride even though everyone thinks it’s a five bar gate.
    Can I post pictures?

  • jjatfd said,

    I’ve been riding a GF 293 since 04 and I love it. Broke the frame once and Fisher replaced it under their lifetime warrantee. I’m 6’3″ X 245lb. Been through 3 cassette/chain combos and 2 BBs in about 2500 miles. I learned to just switch out the cassette at the same time I replace the chain. All the other components have held up pretty good. I try to clean and lube the chain every 3rd ride.
    Just bought a 2006 Giant OCR C3 off eBay to use at the RAGBRAI. I’ll let you know how that goes.

  • jjatfd said,

    I’ve been riding a GF 293 since 04 and I love it. Broke the frame once and Fisher replaced it under their lifetime warrantee. I’m 6’3″ X 245lb. Been through 3 cassette/chain combos and 2 BBs in about 2500 miles. I learned to just switch out the cassette at the same time I replace the chain. All the other components have held up pretty good. I try to clean and lube the chain every 3rd ride.
    Just bought a 2006 Giant OCR C3 off eBay to use at the RAGBRAI. I’ll let you know how that goes.

  • lridearch said,

    Well, I wanted to take the bike/person survey, but I see it is biased against fixed-gear riders :) maybe i can fill in the blanks. To clarify, I ride a fixed gear ROAD BIKE with brakes, not some hipster dumpster demon. I’m 32, 6′-1, 290, and I ride a 2008 leader 721tr frame, built with my choice of components. sugino cranks, surly cog, ritchie bars, stem, Brooks pro, etc. important parts are the wheels: mavic ellipse in the rear, campy khamsin G3 in front. both are very strong wheels that have not so much as even twitched from true in about 2200 miles, and I crank HARD (49/14) and ride fast. I actually have a problem keeping up with the whippets in the downhill, as my gearing simply runs out. I gorilla up the climbs because I have no choice, but its still fun the pass the little guys. I want a steel frame next, the Aluminum is just too harsh on the butt.

  • lridearch said,

    Well, I wanted to take the bike/person survey, but I see it is biased against fixed-gear riders :) maybe i can fill in the blanks. To clarify, I ride a fixed gear ROAD BIKE with brakes, not some hipster dumpster demon. I’m 32, 6′-1, 290, and I ride a 2008 leader 721tr frame, built with my choice of components. sugino cranks, surly cog, ritchie bars, stem, Brooks pro, etc. important parts are the wheels: mavic ellipse in the rear, campy khamsin G3 in front. both are very strong wheels that have not so much as even twitched from true in about 2200 miles, and I crank HARD (49/14) and ride fast. I actually have a problem keeping up with the whippets in the downhill, as my gearing simply runs out. I gorilla up the climbs because I have no choice, but its still fun the pass the little guys. I want a steel frame next, the Aluminum is just too harsh on the butt.

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