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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-13-07, 01:29 PM   #1
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Alex Z1000 rims - blessed by God

At first I thought the ultra-low-grade Alex Z-1000/generic spoke wheels that came on my Crossroads were not going to hold up very well...After having them for a year, they're probably the most reliable wheels anyone could ask for.

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I'm well over 200 lbs
Wheels regularly hop curbs, hit pot holes, and the front comes down from wheelies many times each ride
Wheels ridden at least once a week for past year and a half, also during rainy season
One rear spoke was broken (from abuse) and professionally replaced
Abused- I nearly never clean them, never true them until they're completely out of whack (which almost never happens), and sometimes whack the spokes on solid objects

Final proof: someone "doored" me with a car door recently, I avoided it but forgot the front alex rim I had tied to my bag which caught the door and pulled the door the wrong way! After getting home, I thought the rim, spokes or both were destroyed. Not only was nothing broken or dented, but the wheel was still true. You can't ask for a more solid wheel. Put a cloth rim strip in it and it'll work without complaints.
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Old 09-26-09, 04:11 PM   #2
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Agreed

I completely agree! Who needs $1500 hand-made rims when these less-expensive rims work just as well, if not better? I have a set of these wheels on my Specialized Hardrock XC and love them. After two and a half years of riding violently off-road, they are still true and have not had any structural damage.

If I ever upgrade to more expensive mountain bike, I'm definetely putting these on! They're the best stock wheels I've ever seen!
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Old 09-26-09, 05:04 PM   #3
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I completely agree! Who needs $1500 hand-made rims when these less-expensive rims work just as well, if not better?
Me. Nothing wrong with a good set of beater wheels though.
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