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Anyone with experience riding a Specialized Hardrock over the 300lb weight capacity?

Old 09-15-23, 03:25 PM
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Anyone with experience riding a Specialized Hardrock over the 300lb weight capacity?

So I'm 6'4", 403lbs, over the last 8 months I've managed to drop almost 50 lbs by changing my eating habits. I have a 2012 Specialized Hardrock SE that I got new, rode for a while and then stopped, we had kids, life got busy, I got lazy etc.

My brother and dad are getting into riding and I want to join them. From what I can find online the weight capacity of my bike maxes out at 300lbs. I understand riding it at my weight would be at my own risk.

Does anyone here have any anecdotal experience with how my bike would be expected to hold up under my weight? I would be riding on road and mild trails until I drop more weight and get stronger, I'm just afraid of a catastrophic failure of the bike occurring and any major injury that could result.

From all the searching I've done on this question it appears opinions range all over from "it will be fine" to basically it's a death trap. I'm really hoping I can find someone who's actually done this that can weigh in, no pun intended.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 09-15-23, 04:23 PM
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Anecdotally you will be totally fine. If you think about it, a Hardrock is rated to mountain bike at 300 lbs, which means it's rated for all the heavy impacts that mountain biking brings for a 300 lb rider. You're talking about doing roads and mild trails. You'll have no issues.

You'll see lots of opinions on this about how your bike will spontaneously explode if you don't have 36 spokes and if it doesn't have 32mm tires and it's not made of steel and...well, you get the point. I'm riding a Scott CR1 Pro road bike. The bike is rated for 110 kg or 242 lbs. I'm riding it at 310 lbs on 23mm tires with 17 spoke wheels. I've done hundreds of miles on this (including one century) and have not had a single issue. It's anecdotal, but that's pretty much all you'll get.

Go out and ride!
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Old 09-15-23, 05:20 PM
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Since you have it, I'd say ride it. You may break spokes on the rear wheel but that's unlikely to be catastrophic. I'd suggest not jumping off stuff.
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Thank you both for your input!
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Should be okay, mostly. The rear wheel's gonna be the weak link, but that'll be the case with any bike. Like others have said, refrain from taking it off any sweet jumps.
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Wondering how the Hardrock worked out. That was my ride for 30 years until it was stolen.
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