Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Spoke Buster Needs Wheel Advice
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I use a Scattante CFR with an Ultegra triple as a makeshift touring-type bike. The wheels run 20 bladed spokes that are laced 1x. I weigh about 240 and have recently been breaking rear wheel spokes (was gently pedaling a downhill when the last one broke). I don't want to be stranded out in the middle of Western Nevada by a spoke failure so I'm thinking about a stronger wheelset.
A couple online suppliers offer the Mavic Open Pro rims on either 6600 or 6700 Ultegra hubs for around $300. They are laced with 32 double-tapered 14/15 gauge DT spokes, 2x I believe. That sounds like a much sturdier wheel than what I'm presently running.
Do you all think that wheelset would be good for my application? Any better ideas I should consider?
Thanks for your guidance.
04-19-12, 03:33 AM
Mavic Open pros are not what they use to be.. If you are going to be touring, you need to look at 32 or 36 hole Velocity Deep V - you can still run 28c tires with no issues. If you need wider tires you will need a wider rim.
04-19-12, 03:42 AM
And, welcome to Bike Forums.
If you could be so bothered, just use the search function within this Clydesdale forum and type in "wheels". There are no end of on going discussions about what does and does not work for a variety of Clydes.
Historically speaking 32h or 36h Mavic Open Pros have been a go to performance solution for heavier performance riders seeking a single wheelset to do everything from training to events.
There are lots of other options.
When you say "makeshift touring", are you adding additional, unsuspended, weight to the frame?
I've had good luck with a set of 36h Open Pros that lasted for approx. 20k miles. But, I rode them on mostly smooth roads and fair weather. I've since built the same rear wheel with a Velocity Deep V. So far that wheel is functioning well and feels reasonably stiff.
Depending upon your use and expectations you could use anything from those Open Pros to some of the 23 or 24mm wide trekking rims.
Give the search function a try. You'll see tons of opinions and then be better able to judge what you think may work for you.
Oops, should have thought about checking for prior discussions! Sorry about that. I'll give that history a careful look.
I may hang some panniers on the bike but I would not be carrying much weight. If I ever decide to haul significant weight, I might consider a trailer.
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