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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 06-23-07, 04:51 PM   #1
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Best wheels for a heavy rider

I have an 04 GIANT OCR C2 with shimano wheels (not sure what model wheels), well i broke a spoke today and had the shop fix it only to find out that i will soon need new wheels. Last yr i broke a spoke and the wheel went wobbly pretty badly,after todays it wasnt really wobbling but they said a cpl spokes are really tight to keep the rim true and thats not good. Anyways i seem to snap the back ones but not the front but im assuming wheels should be changed as a complete set?....whats a good set of wheels that isnt a fortune for a 225lb rider?, is there anything that has a few more spokes and isnt aluminum nipples that will hold up better?
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Old 06-23-07, 04:52 PM   #2
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I've heard raves about Mavic Open Pros. Depending on the way and terrain you ride, at your weight a 32h should be just fine. Lace it up to a Ultegra hub and don't worry about it again .
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Old 06-23-07, 05:30 PM   #3
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I've heard good things about the Mavic CXP22 or CXP23 with Ultegra hubs as well.
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CXP33 with Ultegra or Durace hubs

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...762&TextMode=0

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Old 06-23-07, 07:07 PM   #5
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I'm about the same weight as you and I've found Velocity Deep V's to be pretty bulletproof. Mine are 28 spoke front and rear and in about 2K miles I've had zero spoke breakage and, other than a high speed altercation with some RR tracks that flatted both tires (at 130 PSI, mind you!), stayed absolutely true. My RR incident actually dented the sides of both rims (fortunately, I was able to straighten them out) and required only VERY minor tweaking to put the rims back in true. There was a thread some time in the last week or two that had a link to Deep V's for less than $300 a pair.Deep V Retailer?
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I tip the scales at 230+ and I just picked up a set of 32 spoke macic cxp 33's with ultegra hubs and I am very pleased. They are much stronger than the alx 330's that I was riding on and even though they seem a little heavier they appear to roll much better. I am gaining speed on the down hill where I wasn't with the Alx's. I also don't experience the flexing that I did with the Alx's when I get up out of the seat for the up hill climbs. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
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Old 06-25-07, 05:19 AM   #7
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Has anyone had a set of DT/Swiss TK 7.1 built up? Thoughts?
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CXP33 with Ultegra or Durace hubs

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...762&TextMode=0

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I'm very happy with my wheel from Colorado Cyclist also, but mine are Ultegra/Open Pro 36h.

Also, you don't need to replace the front wheel, unless it bothers you that they don't match. I'm on my original front wheel, but my 3rd rear. This is the first hand built I've gotten from CC, but it has 6k miles on it, and I weigh more then you.
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I tip the scales at 230+ and I just picked up a set of 32 spoke macic cxp 33's with ultegra hubs and I am very pleased. They are much stronger than the alx 330's that I was riding on and even though they seem a little heavier they appear to roll much better. I am gaining speed on the down hill where I wasn't with the Alx's. I also don't experience the flexing that I did with the Alx's when I get up out of the seat for the up hill climbs. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
+1 - I just got a set of Mavic CXP 33's/Ultegra as well. Very solid and confidence building. I'm at 235 right now on a Trek 2200 as a ref point.

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Old 06-25-07, 01:27 PM   #10
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I'm about the same weight as you and I've found Velocity Deep V's to be pretty bulletproof. Mine are 28 spoke front and rear and in about 2K miles I've had zero spoke breakage and, other than a high speed altercation with some RR tracks that flatted both tires (at 130 PSI, mind you!), stayed absolutely true. My RR incident actually dented the sides of both rims (fortunately, I was able to straighten them out) and required only VERY minor tweaking to put the rims back in true. There was a thread some time in the last week or two that had a link to Deep V's for less than $300 a pair.Deep V Retailer?
+1. Got some deep Vs laced to ultegra hubs -- 28 front and 36 rear. Hand made makes a big difference, and the wheels are stunning and spin really nicely. 150 miles of hard riding and zero issues.
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I'm 250, and I've ridden a mess of different wheels. $ 4 $ I'd vote for Easton Circuits. For $300 they are tough as nails and perform like stuff that cost 2x-3x more.
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I ride 36 spoke Mavic Open Pros on my fixie and one road bike and Mavic Ksyriums SLs on my Carbon roadie. I love the Ksyriums, they are amazing wheels. Light and fast. I'm weighing in at 265-270 right now. Not a speck of trouble with the SLs after 500 miles and thousands on the the Open Pros with a little minor truing
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Old 06-26-07, 01:08 PM   #13
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How about checking with another bike shop. I have a Specialied Allez with Alex Da16 wheels. I got about 200 miles and then broke two spokes, each on consecutive rides. I went about another 50 and was just about to start believing it was a fluke. Then three rides, three broken spokes. All rear drive side. Took the rim into the local shop, and the guy rebuilt my rim with thicker spokes. This guy I have to admit is amazing. I have never seen a rim that true when I went to put it on. Almost 200 more miles now, and not a peep. Had a flat on the tire going downhill about 40mph, and managed to get it stopped without damaging the rim. It was hot from the friction, but it's still straight as an arrow. So before you go get another rim, investigate some better spokes.
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Has anyone had a set of DT/Swiss TK 7.1 built up? Thoughts?
I have two wheelsets that I use with my converted mountain bike and I love them both.

Set 1 are Velocity Deep-V rims (36hole) with Deore hubs and Specialized 700x23c tires.

Set 2 are DT Swiss TK 7.1 rims (36hole) with XT hubs and Specialized 700x32 tires.

I am 320 pounds at the momment and I ride often. Both sets seem more sturdy then the Sun Ryhno-Lite 26" rims that I chucked out.
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I just had a set of Ultegra Open Pros made and love them. The rear of the Mavic Ksyrium Elites blew up on me and just had it rebuilt. I now have a set for sale if anyone is interested as the front is perfect.

Rolf Vigor RS's are another option that you might look into. $$$, but nails tough and fast. Only concern is the thin spindle and that they are a bit more difficult to get serviced.
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Another for OP w/t Ultegra hubs. I was up to 232 lbs and riding them daily on some very harsh roads and they held up. I think the consensus usually if not always goes to these wheels, and for good reason.
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Mavic Open Pros. I vary from 250-280 and they have held up for me ona cross bike
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Best Wheels...

Try the Aerospokes (www.aerospoke.com). I've commented on them a few times in previous posts. I wish someone would have told me about them a few years ago- it would have saved me a lot of aggravation!!! There are no spokes to break, so you never have to worry about it. I have one on the rear of my Trek 7300, I'll be putting one a front some time next spring.
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Man you guys are scaring the crap out of me with all this talk about wheels. My LBS(Trek, GF, C-dale, LeMond) doesn't seem to concerned about throwing me on any wheel in the shop. These people have been doing this for a long time and know there stuff, and I've told them what I weigh(320) and they assure me that they've dealt with much bigger. They said that the two brand of wheels that come on most of their bikes(I forget the brand, bontrager and something else) have no weight limit and they've had little or no failure with guys my size. They also said to not be concerned with spoke count, they said it's the rim and how it's built that mean more. In fact one of the sales guy goes 240 ish and is running a 12 spoke wheel and has over 1000 miles on them already. In fact the weekend before he completed a one day 400 mile round trip ride
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The Bontragers that came on my Trek 4500 seem to be doing very well also (crosses fingers) as im 280.
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Man you guys are scaring the crap out of me with all this talk about wheels. My LBS(Trek, GF, C-dale, LeMond) doesn't seem to concerned about throwing me on any wheel in the shop. These people have been doing this for a long time and know there stuff, and I've told them what I weigh(320) and they assure me that they've dealt with much bigger. They said that the two brand of wheels that come on most of their bikes(I forget the brand, bontrager and something else) have no weight limit and they've had little or no failure with guys my size. They also said to not be concerned with spoke count, they said it's the rim and how it's built that mean more. In fact one of the sales guy goes 240 ish and is running a 12 spoke wheel and has over 1000 miles on them already. In fact the weekend before he completed a one day 400 mile round trip ride
The Trek folks are VERY proud of their wheels, and they back them well. So if the shop is telling you that you are going to be fine, trust 'em on it. Mine said the same, and after it became apparent that I was too hard/big for the stock wheels, Trek gave a refund for my rear wheel and the LBS built me a new one. That's right, even though my size caused the wheel to bust spokes and go out of true, they still gave me a monetary refund for it.

In fact, they have some lighter 28h wheels on their MTB's that apparently are "stupid" strong. Strong enough that after seeing me they still let me take that "stupid strong" wheel attached to a stupidly expensive MTB out on a stupidly rough off-road course. And, lo and behold, true as the second I left when I got back.

Take 'em on their word, but also common sense tells me to avoid anything less than 28 spokes.
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