Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Wheels?
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I have learned alot since getting my bike, one is that I really should have heavier wheels. These are the wheels I have now http://www.bontrager.com/Mountain/Wheelworks/Wheels/5756.php
Will these hold up to light riding until I get some stronger ones in. I really hate to stop riding after just getting started. I am just starting out so going easy 2-5 miles a day.
07-09-07, 09:57 PM
Having a second set of wheels is nice insurance if something happens to the others.
I would thinks these would be fine as long as your not jumping off stuff.
I agree, and had I read all this information before would have had wheels swaped before purchasing. Would you suggest these http://www.bontrager.com/Mountain/Wheelworks/Wheels/5800.php
Or these. http://www.bontrager.com/Mountain/Wheelworks/Wheels/21258.php
I am not close to jumping, I am just getting back in the saddle. Age and weight have a way of humbling you as to what you could once do.
I will be jumping once again, but not for a while.
For the price of those, you might look at getting some hand built. Will probably run the same money or a little less. I'm pretty much a 700C wheel guy, but what is your riding style, are you looking to pound the earth into submission, or just some trail riding?? The Earls might be over kill.
I will be basicly doing some road, path and trail riding for some time before I start hitting the serious MTB trails. In reality with our weather will be next spring before I am doing any serious riding. I am more out of shape then I thought.
My fear is that while excercise riding on the road I have a wheel colapse, would be humiliating to say the least.
07-10-07, 06:24 AM
The Shop I work at sells a lot of Bontrager Wheelsets, both on bikes and the aftermarket ones. We have had VERY good luck with these wheels and strength has not been an issue. There are some newer alloys that many Wheels are being made with now that allow the same strength in a wheelset with a lower Spoke Count. As a Tandem rider for many years, I always wanted 48 count wheel sets with the best hub I could afford which for the most part were the Shimano XT's. Even at 275 lbs (260 now) I never thought I would try riding anything with less than 36 spokes. My wheelset on my Clyde bike has 24 Aero Blade spokes with disc brake hubs and these things are stout and are dead true even after 500 miles so far. I am trying to get my Bunny Hop down again so I can clear some obstacles on the mild trails that I do ride. This bike also pulls a trailer with my Grandson in it and I'e had no complaints there either.
The best thing to do is to talk with your shop and get them to understand your concerns about the wheelset you think you need. While a hand-built set is always nice, some of the off the rack stuff will do you as well and can be had ASAP.
07-10-07, 06:37 AM
I'm amazed how strong the Bontrager wheels are. I have a set on my Lemond and have had zero problems with them. That said, I still like the "more spokes the better" theory of wheel building for Clydes.
I am glad to hear they are a strong wheel, may ride these a few weeks and check them and then make my decision. As sore as my bum is dont see me doing much horsing around for a while.
07-10-07, 08:22 AM
I was hesitant about a similar set of wheels on another Trek, and a Gary Fisher. A person who works for Trek assured me that they are plenty strong, and would probably not even have a problem with my gigantizoid bottom. While I certainly think they would, the fact that they are THAT confident in their wheelset(s) says something to me.
Someone else hinted toward it, and I'll endorse it - it's never a bad idea to have a backup set of wheels around. I'd suggest talking to the shop and looking into having another set built up for you. The Sun RhynoLite is a popular 26 (and 700c) wheel. If it is handbuilt and laced up to a Deore XT hub, you won't gain a whole lot (but definitely you will gain some) of weight in your wheels. You could do 32h or 36h, I'd do 36h just to have a "tough" set of wheels around - you already have "light and supa-fast" covered with the stockers :).
Just as a comparison, I'm 360-ish and ride a Trek FX with a handbuilt 700c 32 spoke RhynoLite laced up to a Deore hub in the rear. I've busted one spoke in about 600 miles on it, whereas I had constant troubles with the stock rear wheel (also 32h). They are *tough*.
07-10-07, 10:03 AM
If you want indestructable wheels and don't ever want to worry about broken spokes again, try the Aerospokes (www.aerospoke.com). They are expensive but comparable to a good tandem spoke wheel ($270-$350 per wheel). I've had some "noise" problems (see my post 7-8-2007), but these are very heavy duty, and still amazingly light, wheels.
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