30 YR Wrench
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Oxford, OH
Bikes: Waterford R-33, Madone 6.5, Trek 520
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
220-230 lbs. I ride 4k to 7k yearly and NOPE! That stuff just doesn't hold. I have 30 mm with 24 spokes and it aint strong enough. I've tried 24 spoke Bontrager Race and Select and they are garbage for a big guy...A big guy that rides.
I built 28 Velocity Deep V that is great and a Mavic cxp 33 32 hole that is great. Have thousand on them and still good.
The Bont's 24 and cxp 30 24 spokes just don't do it if you're gonna do lots of riding. Can't get more than one year out of those fancy spoke wheels!
As a wheelbuilder who offers a lifetime warranty against spoke breakage and truing, I am often sought out by big guys who are tired of dealing with wheel issues. You are right about the CXP-33 and Deep V. Great rims when built with butted spokes, and depending on the hubs, spoke head washers. I also tie & solder. Yeah, yeah...some say it's worthless, but I have quite a few pairs out there that stay nice and straight, so it works for me.
I'd also conditionally agree with the strike against low-spoke-count wheels with one caveat. Bontrager's carbon rims are unbelievably strong and rigid. Far more so than the CXP-33 or even the ultra rigid Deep V. I have several 250+lb cyclists on them who love them and have had no problems. Keith told me the Race XXX Lite wheels are actually the strongest they make. That's what engineering and no-compromise materials will get you.....of course, we're talking about spending in the neighborhood of $2000 for wheels, so they better be awesome, right?
To koine2002, front wheels are stronger than rear due to their being symmetrical. With careful riding, I would think the wheel in question may work for a while, but I'd probably replace them both with something stronger whenever possible.