Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: Puch Marco Polo, Saint Tropez, Masi Gran Criterium
I went to the link and saw the same warning. Weird. Both those sets of wheels look like they would be fine for a Clyde. I guess I can understand why they wouldn't stand beside them and warrant them for loaded touring. I looks like a legal liability thing, where they aren't going to warrant the wheels for any rider over 215 pounds. It could be that at the low price they're selling them at, the spokes aren't fully tensioned, stress relieved and re-trued. I can't imagine that they wouldn't hold up for you, but be prepared to pay the LBS for at least one trip back for the customary tension/stress relieve/re-true that any handbuilt wheelset either needs right away (or could benefit from anyway even if nothing appears out of line.
One observation: These are 135 space HYBRID wheels. Are you running a 135 mm hybrid frame? If its a standard road frame, you'll need to see if you can make theses wheels fit. If you haven't bought the wheels yet and your frame is 130 spaced, there are tons and tons of prebuilt wheels out there on ebay or bicycle mail order houses across the country.
I've seen Clyde wheel threads where there is an almost universal consensus that Ultegra 6500/6600 hubs with Mavic Open Pro rims (in 36 hole to be safe) laced 3 cross to DT Swiss butted stainless spokes are known to be very reliable. You could buy some new for under 200$ pre-built, or even find some used ones on ebay that would work good for even less. Just a thought.
I would be curious to know what your frame spacing is though.