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Old 05-20-18, 04:42 PM
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Older Carbon

I am 210lbs--supposed to be moving down to 190. I am a fan of vintage bikes--80s and 90s. I had been looking for a steel frame, but I came across a carbon Trek that really catches my eye. With my weight, it is not about speed or trimming grams--it is posing in style.

Should I steer clear of carbon because of my weight?
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Old 05-20-18, 05:46 PM
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Buy it, ride it.

I am 360 and ride a 2013 Orbea Orca (full carbon).
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Old 05-20-18, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dagray View Post
Buy it, ride it.

I am 360 and ride a 2013 Orbea Orca (full carbon).
Thanks!
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Old 05-22-18, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by davzimmermann View Post
I am 210lbs--supposed to be moving down to 190. I am a fan of vintage bikes--80s and 90s. I had been looking for a steel frame, but I came across a carbon Trek that really catches my eye. With my weight, it is not about speed or trimming grams--it is posing in style.

Should I steer clear of carbon because of my weight?
Just have it checked by a reputable shop; carbon bikes may get damaged but not show that damage. Other than that 210 lbs is nothing for a carbon bike.
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He's just going to pose with it anyway.

New carbon is superior to old carbon in nearly every way in terms of weight and performance but if you want a bike because of a specific look - go for it!

I remember walking into a bike shop in the 90s when I was bike shopping with a friend and the sale guy had a carbon tube from a specialized allez (I think they were lugged carbon back then) and to demonstrate, he WHACKED the top of his desk with that carbon tube.... a couple times. No change in the tube. They probably made them thicker back then too but it was sturdy as all heck, for desk whacking at least.
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Old 12-15-19, 09:35 PM
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Old carbon just looks so good
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Old 12-16-19, 03:29 PM
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1993 Carbon still going strong.

Her twin sister also still goning strong.
I'm weighing in at 224 and have been as heavy as 248.
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Old 12-20-19, 08:32 AM
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Look over the frame and check for cracks. If there are none buy it. I'm 275ish and ride a 2008 Tarmac. Zero issues. I do check for cracks and stuff pretty regularly just out of habit but I have not had a problem.
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Old 12-20-19, 08:51 AM
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I am 290lbs and ride an older no name Chinese full carbon. I have zero issues with it.....in fact the opposite - I love it!
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Old 12-29-19, 10:23 AM
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Late to the party, but ditto on the inspection. In the long LONG ago I was a pole vaulter and while the poles were fiberglass we always inspected and protected them. One little nick at a stress point (the whole pole was a stress point) and BANG! they'd snap under load. Carbon is great when it's well maintained, but you can't just drop it in a pile like steel or titanium.

That said any frame could be subject to damage and failure. It's one of the best reasons to hand wash your bike on a regular basis. Not only do you get them clean and ready to pose with, it's also inspection time.
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Old 12-30-19, 09:42 AM
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Youll be fine -- the old OCLV frames are lugged internally I believe and are pretty strong
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just 1 method/

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