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    Shimano WH-R500 good for 100KG+ rider

    Hi I recently purchased a 2006 Marin Argenta. It's a great bike Alum+Carbon fork and seat stays with Tiagra/105 componets. It has Shimano WH-R500 wheels, has anyone had experience with these wheels and their durability, i'm fairly heavy at present at 105KG/230LBs are these wheels going to handle my weight long term. I use the bike for commuting 100km per week.

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    the actual el guapo atomship47's Avatar
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    i can only give you 2nd and 3rd hand advice....

    i weigh 220. the roadie i just bought came with the wh500 wheelsets stock. frankly, i was hard pressed to find any positive reviews of them online (epinions.com, roadbikereview.com, etc.). i expressed my concern to the tech/salesperson (who, thru the process i've come to think very highly of). he said he's never had a single complaint about the wheelset and actually thought i'd be better off with this set because of the spoke count. i ended up paying an additional $100 to trade them in for complete 105 rims/hubs.
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    I just read somewhere the other day that the wh550, a little better wheel I guess, is rated for a 176# rider. I had been looking for this info because the Cannondales I have been looking at use these wheels.

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    Thanks for the advice guys, looks like my rims might not be up to it long term. Maybe i'll lose 60lb and i'll be OK

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    yea I put a pretty sweet ding in mine today at lunch after I nailed a pothole since I was following a car too closely. Burst both tires, too....

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