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Is There Weight Limit for Trek Bikes?

08 Jun 2014 23:09

Hi Everyone,

I bought an x Caliber 29ers bike yesterday to use it for exercising and loosing weight based on the recommendation of the sales person at the shop. I am around 380 lb (172 KG) and would like to know if the bike can handle my weight?! I am mainly concerned about the wheels spokes to get damaged as another sales person from different shop has told me that all Terk bikes can not handle anything more than 264 lb (120 KG) where the spokes will defiantly get damaged.

Who is saying the correct statement?

I paid a lot for this bike and considered it as an investment to help me loose weight and be on shape and I don't want to loose this investment. I have seen people bigger than me using Terk bikes and they lost at least half of their weight with it and that what motivated me.

P.S. I am going to use on road only with care.
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09 Jun 2014 01:08

mazen97 wrote:Hi Everyone,

I bought an x Caliber 29ers bike yesterday to use it for exercising and loosing weight based on the recommendation of the sales person at the shop. I am around 380 lb (172 KG) and would like to know if the bike can handle my weight?! I am mainly concerned about the wheels spokes to get damaged as another sales person from different shop has told me that all Terk bikes can not handle anything more than 264 lb (120 KG) where the spokes will defiantly get damaged.

Who is saying the correct statement?

I paid a lot for this bike and considered it as an investment to help me loose weight and be on shape and I don't want to loose this investment. I have seen people bigger than me using Terk bikes and they lost at least half of their weight with it and that what motivated me.

P.S. I am going to use on road only with care.

I found on the TREK website by clicking on Q&A
that the maximum rider weight for their mountain
bikes is 136kg/300lbs.

It makes me very sad that a bike store would
sell you an unsuitable machine. I'm no expert,
but I would suggest a bike without suspension.
Hopefully some more knowledgeable riders
can give you some more complete advice.

I wish you the best of luck in getting a suitable
bike and then enjoying it to the fullest, my friend.
Team GB 2016: victoRIOus, happy and gloRIOus
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09 Jun 2014 03:03

Mazen, you should definitely consider returning that bike if oldcrank's information is correct! You don't want to be constantly taking your new ride into the shop for repairs as you begin your journey toward fitness, and I'm confident that there's a good bike out there that you can navigate with fewer concerns than that Trek. Good luck!
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09 Jun 2014 23:53

Have you considered some other form of weight loss to begin with? Diet and walking will have a big impact to begin with.

Chances are the bike will be fine, the maximum weight for their mountain bikes must take into account the intended use for the bike and if you are riding it on flat roads it'll be under a lot less stress than it would be if you were sending it down a trail.
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11 Jun 2014 13:12

King Boonen wrote:Chances are the bike will be fine, the maximum weight for their mountain bikes must take into account the intended use for the bike and if you are riding it on flat roads it'll be under a lot less stress than it would be if you were sending it down a trail.


From a practical point of view, I agree; the bike will probably handle the weight just fine if you're going to use it on a flat surface. However, you might also want to consider the legal consequences: Using a bike outside of its set weight limit might void the warranty.
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08 Nov 2014 09:06

Fightting Guys!!, I belive you'll be lose weight :)
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20 Nov 2014 10:47

How far distance will you ride per day for diet?? :)
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11 Jul 2015 23:15

It should be fine with beefing up the Tires (widest that'll fit the frame) & avoiding Jumps, Rock drops & any move seen in a Mountain Dew commercial.
PS Check occasionally foe cracking at weld points on the frame, if you notice any take it back to the shop & trek will send you a brand new shiny frame.
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31 Jul 2015 06:17

Generally the max limited weight is about 120kg,so i suggest you should choose wider 29er rims,35mm above
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31 Jul 2015 12:30

I fixed the title. Please let me know if I assumed wrong, and there really is a 'Terk' bikes. If so, I'll change it back.
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25 Aug 2015 14:07

Sorry to hear the bike shop didnt do the best thing for you. However if you're gentle with the bike, don't hammer it off road, avoid bunny hops and manage to stick to a good eating plan both the bike and your own long term health will last. Good luck Mazen!
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