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Well, I can tell ya, I'm about 200, and I was riding an Inbred 29. There was quite a bit of flex, espcially at the BB, it would sway back and forth when I was out of the saddle.

I just got a Monocog 29, much stiffer frame overall, I don't notice the flex at all, but it definately rides like steel. And it's burly enough I don't think you'd have any problems with durability. And for the price, ya can't beat it.
 

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Karate Monkey...

I've topped out at 286 and am down to 265-270 now and my monkey is the stiffest (in a Clyde approved sort of way) frame (29er) I've tried. There's a few more Alpha-Cydes on this forum that run the KM, all seem to like/love it.
 

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The redline Monocog is an interesting suggestion. I was trying to reply with a KM answer but my Firefox got hung up. Didn't condider the Monocog, perhaps as mine is still in somewhere above the Altantic. Form reports they're ~3kg frames, out of studry steel. Simple construction, from a BMX specialist, seems like a good option. Comes as a complete bike for $470 or $250 frameset. The parts may be less superclyde-proof, but could be sold or used to make another rider happy.
When I get the chance (financially), I'll build a Monocog a couple sizes too small, with a suspension fork too big, and void the heck out of the warranty of the frame. Should be an awesome "play" bike.
The KM has an outstanding track record. You don't state your height, but the XL will fit up to around 6'6"-6'7" maximum. It's a tall (60cm) frame, with an intermediate top tube for an XL in these modern days.
 

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go with walt!

I am picking up my bike from waltworks tomarrow (leaving LV tonite!) I am 6'8" and 350+. Walt built me a frame for my size. Granted the frame alone is 8 lbs, but he said it'll hold up. Plan on testing it late Monday/Tuesday. Walt is great to work with, and if you have the patience, he is the way to go! :thumbsup:
 

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I would go custom. Any good custom builder will be able to build you a durable and perfectly fitted frame for your size and it'll be a hell of a lot better than an off-the-shelf offering. You pay a bit more, but having a bike that actually fits is probably one of the best things you can do for your riding. 2 good builders in my signature, if you want to look them up.
 

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I weigh in at 275lbs, and have been riding a Redline Monocog 29'er for a couple months and am very happy so far.
If you have the $$, and know what you like in a bike, custom would be ideal.
 

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I pointed out WW as an option because I know he knows how to build for big boys. I'm a clyde, when I purchased my ww I was 275 all up in my riding gear with a full camelbak on. I'm a bit less now, although still a clyde. My downtube on my WW is 38mm. 31.8mm top tube. I think the downtube on the KM is 31.8 and on the monocog it's even smaller. If a custom builder felt it necessary to put a large downtube on my bike for my size, to me, that says the mass produced steel frames aren't built stoutly enough for clydes. This doesn't mean they won't hold up because now I know everyone is going to post and say oh yeah? My cousin got one of the first KM's and the tubes are the size of pencils and he rode it off a cliff into the grand canyon and it's fine. Yeah yeah, whatever. Thinner frames feel whippy to me and maybe that's why.
 
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