Bike's n Fork's for the heavier rider?

Discuss the eternal "Which fork/bike/tyres should I buy?" questions.
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Bike's n Fork's for the heavier rider?

Postby mudsurfer » Sun Jun 03, 2007 18:23 pm

Why is it that bikes and fork are tested by people of 11 stone or less?
Its a very different story when the jockey is 14 stone upwards, and carrying some muscle.
Take my Scott Genius, great bike if your a cat walk model's weight.
But with the rear shock topping out at supporting 95kg(my winter weight) and the front forks bending and bottoming, it spent most of it's life being repaired under warranty.
My friend is 16 stone and is on his 3rd Scott Ranson frame.(Fantastic all round bike with good well used warranty.)
Why don't they use some big boy's n girl's to test the
performance and durability of bike's and components?

I am in the market for a new bike and have been told that Rock Shox PIKES would be the fork to go for (but which one?) and that an Orange Five will not only perform but survive.

Can someone shed a little light please?

Regards Mudsurfer


Steve Nolan

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Postby majorbloodnock » Sun Jun 03, 2007 18:37 pm

Welcome to the forum, Steve

I guess it all depends on your budget and riding style (not just genre, but how lightly you ride whatever is your chosen "discipline"). You're actually lighter than me, but I've been riding my current bike for just short of a couple of years with no rider-weight-related problems at all. The forks (Fox Floats) are older still, but haven't even required pumping up, other than to replace the air lost from checking the pressure.

My experience generally has been that most bikes, excepting the anorexic featherweight race machines, are fine for most riders, and that 16 stone, whilst on the heavy side, is not unreasonable. However, I tend to be fairly light on the bike and components, and I'm fully aware that some riders - even those down at 11 or 12 stone - put their bikes through far more stress.

I must admit, though, that I doubt you'd be disappointed with an Orange 5, since it's a good fun bike to ride. Nonetheless, if you could give an idea of upper budget limit, I'm sure we can help you spend your hard-earned by providing some alternative suggestions.

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