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    Carbon Wheels

    At 235 pounds (and not going much lower), I may have more money than sense, 'cause I want a set of aerodynamic carbon wheels. Has anyone actually ridden some, incident-free, that they can recommend?

    There appear to be options: ZIPP makes "Clydesdale" 404s-909s; HED's FAQ section suggests that it's Jets can be used for cyclocross and are a "10/10" on the durability scale, and they also come in an "EX" big-guy version.

    If I can get a few "I weigh as much as you and my XXX wheels have held up with no problems," it will help me make the leap. Or, I'll just buy some that I randomly choose and y'all can enjoy my post in a few months entitled "tacoed my carbon wheel in a time trial."

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    Quote Originally Posted by eriksbliss
    At 235 pounds (and not going much lower), I may have more money than sense, 'cause I want a set of aerodynamic carbon wheels. Has anyone actually ridden some, incident-free, that they can recommend?

    There appear to be options: ZIPP makes "Clydesdale" 404s-909s; HED's FAQ section suggests that it's Jets can be used for cyclocross and are a "10/10" on the durability scale, and they also come in an "EX" big-guy version.

    If I can get a few "I weigh as much as you and my XXX wheels have held up with no problems," it will help me make the leap. Or, I'll just buy some that I randomly choose and y'all can enjoy my post in a few months entitled "tacoed my carbon wheel in a time trial."
    When I was 220, I raced tri's on an Aerospoke rear wheel without problems. The drawback to those is that they're heavy and costly, and if you're hammering away in a TT you might think them a little too laterally flexy under heavy load.
    As for taco-ing a CF wheel... Would that happen, or would it just splinter?
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