Just rollin' thru...
As a new registered member of this forum I would like to introduce my self...
I am Stephen and I have returned to my favorite sport...Cycling. I weigh 305lbs and have recently started biking again. I like to ride cross country, downhill and some freeride on my mountain bike. I have been > 200 lbs for 15+ years and need to get back into better shape. Back in the late 80's and early 90's I rode a mountain bike and was constantly breaking rear axles and bending both rims. I upgraded to Phil Wood hubs and Weinmann Concave rims with Stainless Steel eyelets. The rim bending and axle breaking days were over...
Fast forward 17 years... I am riding again and need some cost effective heavy duty rims/hubs. I am running disc brakes. I would really like to find a pair of those Weinmann rims again (26" x 1.95" actual rim width, double wall, black with machined sidewalls), Anyone know where I could find these? I don't even remember them model # to begin searching. I have asked the LBS where I purchased the rims back in 1989 and they don't remember anything about them other than "yeah, I remember those rims"... I am sure there are current rims that are as strong, but these rims fit my personality... I am open to other suggestions, but, hope someone knows where a pair of these are in decent shape.
btw, I like to ride with my two teenage boys and do not want to seem like a wimp when it comes to the jumps, etc... I just need gear that will hold up...
Here are some pictures of similar Weinmann Rims (not the ones I am looking for, just for reference). These pics are of Weinmann Concave 522 rims that were standard on the 1988 Schwinn High Sierra and are 1.125" wide. I am looking rims that look similar ,but are 1.95" wide, have stainless steel eyelets and machined sidewalls. Thanks for any help.
Hey, I remember those rims, too... But I dunno where you're going to find them today.
The good news is that there are plenty of strong rims out there, and you shouldn't have any trouble getting fixed up.
I haven't been to 300 pounds, but I was at 270 for awhile and hardly ever had wheel problems on my road or mountain bikes as long as I didn't go Stupid Lite. Any fairly stout rim would work, but absolutely avoid anything with fewer than 32 spokes (I have 36s on everything now), and use good-sized tires at a modest pressure--you don't want 26x1.0 at 100 psi. I ride mostly 700x35 or larger on the street; the mountain bike equivalent would be 26x1.5 or bigger (I don't use road tires on my MB because I have three road bikes, but if you do, don't go too skinny). If you buy new wheels and your bike shop can't recommend something strong enough, I'd look for a different shop.
The jumps, incidentally, are a bad idea. You're going to break something eventually, probably a collarbone.
Just rollin' thru...
Thanks for the reply.
I have read through the Clydesdale/Athena wheel threads and did not find much for the serious mountain biker. I ride my mountain bike both on and off road. I want something that will handle small jumps, rough terrain and my weight without bending, cracking or failing completely. The rims I pictured are 32h and I will probably build them into some decent hubs soon. My bike tires are Kenda Nevegal and I think they can take pressures up to 60psi. I usually ride them at 50psi for a little damping off road. The bike shop wants me to buy the more expensive ones (>$500) and I want to find some Weinmann's like I described. As for the jumps, my boys look up to me and that is part of it... I enjoy the hard off road riding, and they as well. I hope that it does not come down to breaking things other than the bike.
Someone...Anyone...The Weinmann rims...Help?
Fun in the tub, no ring!
Sounds like these guys can help you and of course, Sheldon Brown is a legend!
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Those look like road rims. I am looking for Mountain Bike rims. These rims are made in Taiwan (http://www.bicyclesb2b.com/work/serv...76&industry=BI). I am looking for the rims that were made in Belgium circa 1988-1991'ish... They look similar to these I linked to above, but wider, machined sidewalls, stainless steel eyelets and double wall construction.
Originally Posted by mrbubl