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My Bike Rant and Suggestion Plea

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Blieb, Jun 12, 2008.

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What should I do!?

  1. Keep Epic. Don't give up.

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  2. Get hardtail

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  3. Get full suspension

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  4. Jump off a bridge

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  1. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    Ok everyone ... been a long ass time since I've been here ... I don't have cliffs available .... but I will use paragraphs!

    I have a 2004 Epic. Got it new ... and I beat up on bikes.
    I've cracked the frame on the rear chainstay twice. This is when I was weighing in around 225.

    The bike has had all kinds of problems, creaking, I can feel movement in my right leg on the downstroke. I've spent a fortune replacing parts and the LBS this past year ... barely ride the damn thing, it's no fun in the present condition ... the LBS is now saying that maybe it's time to give up and move on to a new bike. WTF. He's giving up because of a creak!? After taking all my $$$ ... :banghead:

    So part of me just wants to take the bike to another shop to see what they say. I understand pivots can get worn and creak, I'm just not confident with them throwing in the towel without a better investigation.

    There's been talk about shifting to a single pivot full suspension. I'm weighing in at about 250 right now, and I'd have to kill myself if I get something with pedal bob.

    Some people are trying to talk me into a hard tail, but I remember a few years back, they said I needed a soft-tail like the Epic to just absorb enough of the rear wheel trauma so I wouldn't be eating parts like I had been on my old hard tail.

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    What do you guys think? Keep trying with the Epic? Maybe try another shop?

    Or succumb to the new bike tease? Any suggestions for someone who weighs in hefty but likes to toss the bike around and is addicted to speed?

    Hard tail? Soft?
     

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  2. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Lose some weight.
     
  3. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    You need a burlier bike.
     
  4. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    Sounds like the Epic is just not for you. Find a bike that can handle your weight. If it's not fun to ride, then find something that is fun.

    And lose some weight.
     
  5. Silver

    Silver find me a tampon

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    A guy your size should be on something like a Heckler or Bullit.

    You're trying to fit 20 pounds of crap into a 10 pound bag.
     
  6. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Get a bike more suited for your weight. I weigh 225, my XC bike weighs nearly 30# and there is not a drop of lightweight or carbon on it. Why? I'm heavy.
    If you're 6'6", you're not getting a Lotus. If you're 250# you're not getting a lighweight race bike. Deal with it.
     
  7. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    LMAO! :busted:

    maybe it's all muscle? LOL
     
  8. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    Lovely. Don't remember everyone here being so caustic.
     
  9. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Get a steel hardtail. At 225, it will flex enough to take the edge off.
     
  10. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    It's called being honest.:bonk:
     
  11. Silver

    Silver find me a tampon

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    You don't come here often, do you?

    (You do notice the advice is pretty much unanimous?)
     
  12. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    Come on out of that hallway, and get a bike that is better suited for you.



    250 + Epic = Epic fail
     
  13. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    Nope. I stopped coming here when the little children and sh!t talkers started ruling the roost.

    I appreciate the few helpful comments.
     
  14. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    Oh lord!:popcorn:
     
  15. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    Get a stairmaster
     
  16. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    Mine was somewhere in between, did you only appreciate half of it? :biggrin:
     
  17. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Get a stronger frame.

    Learn to ride smoother.

    Lose some weight.


    The first two will help you achieve the third.

    It's a cycle...................get it ?
     
  18. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    IAB is how I got to this site. Thanks for the help. :clapping:
     
  19. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Giant Reign 0. Rumored to come in around 30 pounds. Should be plenty burly.

    At your weight I'd simply suggest you don't let pedal bob bother you. :D
     
  20. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    I can only see half of all these posts ... I got hungry once and ate off 1/2 of my monitor.
     
  21. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    A lot of people have done the same. I think RM has gone downhill lately... my ignore list is gettign longer and longer.

    But as caustic as some of the comments are they are right. Basically you do need a burlier bike and parts to handle your weight and aggressive riding style. Of course if you are over weight the best thing you can do is to slim down. If you're riding a lot then you're halfway there. Start eating a healthy diet, and maybe be more aware of the amount of calories you're taking in vs. how much activity you are doing.

    And don't forget that this is The Lounge. It exists so that we can be caustic asshats without ruining the rest of the forums.

    Now go lose some weight fatty! :cheers:
     
  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    So around 5 years ago? :rofl:
     
  23. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    and......?

    c'mon - it was funny! We've all taken our share of crap. Get over yourself. It's the Internet.
     
  24. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    Apparently only skinny perfect people are allowed on RM now. You guys make this place so fun!
     
  25. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    mod edit: final warning. I would rather not ban a longtime member.
     
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  26. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    We belong to "The Beautiful Peoples Club". We call you guys "Normies".
     
  27. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You might have gotten away with that if you hadn't posted that pic of your daughter on your fat self. ;)
     
  28. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    DAMN!! Foiled again, and by my own self.

    But actually it's a Family Guy quote.
     
  29. Silver

    Silver find me a tampon

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    I'm actually a little porky right now.

    Scale said I poked over 150 this morning...
     
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    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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  31. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    Thanks! Yeah, I'm basically seeking suggestions for a stronger frame+wheel combo ... maybe there's another fat ass or two around here that can point me in the right direction.

    I'm pushin' a lot more than I'm comfortable with right now ... but when I was in phenomenal shape I still tipped the scales at 215-220 ... just my type of build ... so losing a few will still keep me out of the 'tiny wanker' category.

     
  32. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    My man ballast excludes me from the "skinny perfect people" club.

    I posted advise that I try to follow myself.
     
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    r464 Turbo Monkey

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  34. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I'm not sure the "fat wanker" category is really any better. :think: :rofl:
     
  35. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    I think single pivot bikes have some advantages. While it is not going to be the best pedaling design, particularly in the granny gear, I think for durability and service, it is the best design.

    The Epic has tiny stays and pivots, and it is not the best bike for the lightweights. A bike like the Cannondale Rush or even the Superlight has beefier pivots and a big swingarm.
     
  36. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    Ham on whole wheat! Or Rye!

    +1
     
  37. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    that original post had some really nice and unwarranted language.

    So you show up after 3 years and start throwing obscenities? :clapping:

    real nice.

    welcome back!

    :plthumbsdown:
     
  38. Blieb

    Blieb Chimp

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    Thankfully I never go into granny gear :)

    The LBS is leaning toward the rush for full susp ... but I think it's just the flavor of the year, they don't really ride anymore so have no real world experience. "Tinker rides it" ... ok great.

    I have a buddy who weighs in around 165 and hates his Epic, says it's always making noise. His is 2008 though and I've had and enjoyed mine since 2004 ...
     
  39. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    And for the record,
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  40. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    I'd call that a pretty chickensh!t move that when a bunch of people are giving him a hard time, he decides to take a swing at the girl.