"Big old guy"
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes: Trure North Touring, Cannondale Killer V
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When I built up my last new bike I did a ton research on rims and hubs. I my opinion it comes down to this:
There are only two hubs for us full figured guys. Shimano XT (or LX) or Phil Woods for 5 times the price. Anything else is for style points. Check out what Sheldon Brown has to say about this.
As for rims I have always rode Sun Ryno's and Ryno Lites, and found them bullet proof. For my new bike however I wanted something narrower. My wheel builder has had some bad experiences with the new rims from Mavic. He also did not like the lack of eyelets on the Velocity Deep V's and Dyad. He suggested a liitle known rim (in North America) from Abrosio called the Keba. So far I have found these rims to be very tough, time will tell.
I'm a big guy who rides a lot. I have actually wore out rims and hubs, not bent, but wore out the side walls and the races. As a clyde you want strength and durability, weight should not be an issue. Go at least 36 hole, with 3 cross lacing and do have the wheels build by hand, by a good wheel builder. I hope this helps.
Oh About the DT Swiss nice rims but costly.