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    Shimano R550 wheels

    Anyone ever use the Shimano R550? If so, how did they hold up for you? They look a little flimsy but who knows.


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    I have avoided them. If you google around for comments on these wheels for heavy riders, you will find a few which have been lucky but the majority of people clearly recommends tradtional 36 spoke wheels for clydes. I simply would not feel safe on them (at 250 pounds).

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    Another good set that is bomb proof but have the look of more expensive wheels is the Mavic Aksiums. I put 1500 miles on a set last year and they never needed truing. Twenty front, tenty-four back with bladed spokes. They look good, and will take just about anything you can dish out.

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    The wheels were going on my brother's Trek 1200. He was looking for an upgrade over the current Bontrager wheels. Seeing as I ride Campy and weigh a lot less, my recomendation isn't too valuable. Nashbar has some Ultegra/Mavic CXP 22 wheels 32 hole for sale. Could these accomadate a 230 lb rider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    The wheels were going on my brother's Trek 1200. He was looking for an upgrade over the current Bontrager wheels. Seeing as I ride Campy and weigh a lot less, my recomendation isn't too valuable. Nashbar has some Ultegra/Mavic CXP 22 wheels 32 hole for sale. Could these accomadate a 230 lb rider?

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    I don't see any issues at 230 pounds.....
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    I have R561 Wheels which are about the same wheel. 1600 miles and no problems at 275.

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    I use R550's and don't have any problems with them. I'm 220lbs and have about 500 miles on them.

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    I had 550's, they were fine for about 3000 miles and then started going out of true quite regularly. I had then rebuilt but destroyed the front one in an accident. I upgraded to ultegra wheels and find them to be great. I would not recommend 550's for the rider with the fuller figure.

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    My R550s snapped a spoke in the rear after about 1500km, i was around 240lbs then. Had the wheel trued but haven't used them much since. Happened on a perfectly flat road too.

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