Good question. Do you tend to break things? Is there a long line of taco'd rims and sheared derailleur hangers in your past? At your size and riding style, I'd say you're pushing the envelope with any lightweight racing bike, but from what little I know, scandium tubing has a great reputation for combining lightweight, durability, and great ride quality. And of course, Kona has a reputation for building durable bikes. So what does it all mean? I know a guy that's 130 dripping wet, but somehow manages to beat the snot out of his bikes - breaking stuff on a weekly basis. I, on the other hand, am pushing 200, ride just as aggressively, and rarely even get a flat. If you're hard on equipment and would rather have a pointy stick shoved in your eye than ease off on your riding style, then you should probably look at a different bike. But if you tend to go easy on equipment then I'd think the King would handle your weight and aggressive riding with no problems.
hakeem said:Does anyone know if 'The King' can handle a slightly larger person with a fairly aggressive XC riding style? I'm about 5'11" 190#'s and I feel like I have a pretty heavy riding technique.
That said, I don't plan on taking any drops greater than 3' or 4' feet. I definitely don't 'need' the racing bike, but I would like something that will help me keep up with some of my racing buddies going up the hills. I've thought about the 'King Kikapu' but don't know how much the extra weight will hinder me on the ascents?
Thanks in advance!