I was wondering if anyone knew how much weight mountain bike wheels can carry individually?
See, I have been digging around, and apparently my cheap 26" mountain bike has a solid axle (it doesn't have the wheel release lever thing). What I want to do is put pegs on my back wheel, and ride around with my friends standing on the pegs. I myself am 150lbs, the bike is probably 40-50lbs, and the friends range from 150-200lbs. However, since they'd be standing on the pegs, the back wheel would get close to 150-200 (their weight) + 100 (bike & me divided by 2) pounds. Add in the the pot holes/bumps etc, and the wheel has to be able to handle about 400-450lbs (though ideally 500lbs) by itself without collapsing.
So, does anyone know of wheels that might be able to handle this much weight? I looked around and was surprised to find that companies don't publish the weight ratings! Does anyone know of an equivalent metric or a chart that compares these things?