Feel your pain mate!
Not quite as tall and heavy, 6'2 and 105kg,and I'm onto my 4th Anthem 29er, so it's getting replaced ASAP!
In hindsight should've picked something a bit "heavier", but was assured that it was more than strong enough for me! Wrong!
Can you give a heads up on what I should try to avoid?
Thats what I'm tossing up now, thinking of a Tallboy but carbon or aluminium?The last two frames I have cracked I sent emails to the owners/designers of the companies and I was very specific, both said I should have no issues...but both were fairly new designs when I bought them...untested...oops...what can I say I love new stuff...haha...
When I shop for bikes and parts I try to look at the design and see anything I think may be a weakness, there usually is a nice light but not too light option out there that I usually go with. But as you can tell, my frame choosing skills have not been so good...lol...
I am wondering if the new carbon frames will be better than aluminum has for big guys...I guess time will tell.
Open letters are lame.I recently broke my 6th full suspension frame...so I wrote a challenge to the industry...I hope someone takes note...
Singletrack Geek: A SG Challenge to Mountain Bike Manufacturers
The letter makes you sound like a whiner. You broke a Banshee and a Transition? Really?I have broken bikes from Both BC and WA bike companies....both manufacturers have treated me well, but the fact is I still broke their bikes. I was up front and asked both companies (I asked the owners/designers) if I would experience any issues...they both said no. So I did vote with my wallet and I am still waiting for frames to get warrantied...so how is this my fault exactly?
This letter was to lite a fire under peoples asses...to get them fired up about this issue as well, I do not feel that we need to be riding a bike that is not intended for the type of riding that we do just because we are tall or bigger than most riders. If we the consumer do not tell the manufacturers that we are tired of this, how are they to know?
So you think this problem within the bike industry (that no one has made a trail bike bike you can't break) is because no one has told them that there are big/tall people? So you're telling them now, to rectify this?Hah...thanks.
Not really asking them to cater to me specifically but the HUGE amount of taller/bigger riders out there who have to deal with bikes that are not suited to their style or terrain just because they are taller or bigger than the average person. This is not going to go away either...people are getting bigger...my son is almost taller than me and he is not showing any signs of slowing down either...and he said he is not very tall compared to others in his grade....so the industry will change, lets just hope it's sooner rather than later.
Indignant, lol...yup that's me (if they made a emoticon of my eyes rolling to the back of my head...I would put it here). I love the internet...people name calling because it makes them feel superior. Good Job. FYI You can make a point without resorting to name calling, heck you may even get respect out of the deal, but once you sink to that level...well...that's gone.Your blog/rant reminds me of those Ford Raptor owners that trashed their trucks, many links on the topic, but here's one: Are Ford Raptor frames too weak for off-roading?
Basically, went out, hammered them, broke them, then blamed Ford for not making a strong enough product to handle the abuse the trucks suffered at their hands.
In the end, Ford came out and corrected them for being morons, more or less: SVT boss goes on record about Ford Raptor frame damage claims [w/video]
I read your blog, you're what 250lb? I think the problem is that you're acting indignant like look at all these busted ass bike frames for someone who doesn't go big beyond XC riding. Dude, if you have snapped 6 major manufacturer frames at your weight, doing nothing but XC, you've got to seriously take a look at your riding style. Full suspension no less, sounds like you probably aren't setting your shock/sag right, and you're bottoming them out, I mean how else could you be snapping the frames?
The thing is... it's not about the bike.
Thanks man, I hope I do as well.Back when I was 270lbs I snapped spokes, I bent wheels, bent seat posts, broke/bent seat rails, chains, and even crank arms. Never did I break a frame. Tweaked a few rear triangles on lower end FS frames but never actually broke a frame. My brother is 280 and he has the same problems I did but like me has never broke a frame. Even doing a little 'urban assault' (basically city free riding) I never broke a frame. Perhaps a better thing for the OP to look at is getting some trials videos and learn to be a little more smooth? Also, one thing that helped me a LOT when I was heavier (today I'm at 215) was sending my suspension to Push. The stresses on the frame from over inflated shocks is enormous. Push can help remedy that and a 'push' is a lot cheaper and easier than acquiring a new frame.
Good luck and I hope you find something out there that will work for you.
Indignant. I do not think that word means what you think it means. That's not an insult, it is a description of your tone. :thumbsup:Indignant, lol...yup that's me (if they made a emoticon of my eyes rolling to the back of my head...I would put it here). I love the internet...people name calling because it makes them feel superior. Good Job. FYI You can make a point without resorting to name calling, heck you may even get respect out of the deal, but once you sink to that level...well...that's gone.
No where did I say I ride XC. I ride the friggin things hard and love doing it, I brake too much and go slower than most in my group...just when they are going off the stunts, I happily ride around them.
My sag and shock setup are correct, I like to make sure my bike is running in top condition. If you would like the number of my mechanic, please ask I will be happy to put you in contact with him so he can let you know what kind of bike geek I am and how I maintain my stuff. Because I have broken a few frames, I take care to make sure my shocks are set up properly...who wants to ride a bike that is set up improperly anyway?
This is not all about me, this is about getting people on bikes that they can ride with confidence, not having to worry that they are going to break something out in the bush, or getting hurt when it does break...this is about the industry realizing that we are not all under 6" and to put some more thought into the XL bikes that they sell...don't just supersize a frame that may work great for a little dude, but put some thought into the extra forces that the longer tubes will be under because of the larger size of the frame. I am not the only person over 6" that rides bikes....this is a larger issue.