Don't Believe the Hype
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
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make sure you talk to other 210 (or around) pounders before you decide or even try a pair of wheels. those who really know.....know that a rider 20 to 30 pounds lighter can in no way relate experiences with wheelsets and be accurate.
i ride with a guy who is 210-215 and he breaks spokes all the time. several spokes with CXP-21's (on different occasions) and even breaks 'em on mountain bikes. it wasn't till he stepped up to the elites that he no longer had a problem.
i'm not saying that there aren't other wheelsets out there that are equally as good as elites, that would be narrow minded, but the combination of the elites reliability, warranty, hub quality, spoke count make it a great wheelset for a 210+ lb rider like yourself.
and i'm yet to find a bike or a wheelset ride down the road by themselves. meaning, a 210lb rider with a 20 lb bike instead of a 19 lb bike weighs 230pounds instead of 229pounds (less than a 1/2% weight savings) when you try and spend money soley on shaving a 1/2 pound here or there.
and lastly, i ride at 180 pounds. my buddy weighs 155 and likes to ride near 130+ psi in his tires, while i find that anything over 120 is too jarring for me. my 210 pound buddy rides closer to 110-115 psi (same tires) and feels comfortable there. we are each 25 pounds away from each other and ride, ride quality and characteristics are VERY DIFFERENT with differing rider weights.
ask other riders who are your build to share their wheelset experiences with you.....and don't ask the 160 pounder...or even the 180 pounder. there is a big difference.
to answer your question, i think that a light(est) AND durable wheelset might be a tough thing. i'd go durability first, and if you worked in a shop then i can see why you are thinking about the elites. not the lightest wheels, but handling wise (aero but not aero in crosswinds if you know what i mean)
i'd go durability first then lightness (it depends where the weight is concentrated on the set as well)...unless you are sponsored and get a new set with every season....