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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 10-05-07, 08:36 AM   #1
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Lots of wheels on sale... This Clyde is tempted

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I have a nice set of wheels. Anbrosio Excellence rims on Ultegra hubs. The rims are just like Open Pros but an ounce heavier. I run the somewhat heavy Marathon Racers on them.

There are sales on fancy wheels all over the place right now. What I'd like to do is
have 2 sets of wheels. It'd be nice to have a set of light wheels and Vredstein Fortezza 25c tires for group rides and such.

Of course, even on sale the cost is punishing. Sure, the price is great, but it's still several hundred bucks. Which makes me feel silly, I am primarily a slow distance guy, I was never built for speed. But still... shaving 2 or 3 pounds off the wheels
is VERY tempting.
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Hi,
I have a nice set of wheels. Anbrosio Excellence rims on Ultegra hubs. The rims are just like Open Pros but an ounce heavier. I run the somewhat heavy Marathon Racers on them.

There are sales on fancy wheels all over the place right now. What I'd like to do is
have 2 sets of wheels. It'd be nice to have a set of light wheels and Vredstein Fortezza 25c tires for group rides and such.

Of course, even on sale the cost is punishing. Sure, the price is great, but it's still several hundred bucks. Which makes me feel silly, I am primarily a slow distance guy, I was never built for speed. But still... shaving 2 or 3 pounds off the wheels
is VERY tempting.

can you tell me some places that have some good deal on wheels right now? im looking for a new mountain bike wheel set (rear wheel)

also, do you know if you can run a disc hub with v brakes, assuming the rim supports it? i have disk brake setup on my frame and would consider upgrading in the future, but not right now, just need the wheels.
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You don't say how much you weigh, but I vary between about 230 and 250, and I've had trouble every time I've tried to get fancy with wheels. Fewer than 32 spokes seem guaranteed to go out of true about once a week. Both my road bikes now have 36-spoke wheels front and back, with Deep V rims on the Atlantis and I forget what on the Rambouillet (I bought that used and just can't remember offhand). They're a little heavy, but I don't spend any time working on them, which suits me fine.
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You don't say how much you weigh, but I vary between about 230 and 250, and I've had trouble every time I've tried to get fancy with wheels. Fewer than 32 spokes seem guaranteed to go out of true about once a week. Both my road bikes now have 36-spoke wheels front and back, with Deep V rims on the Atlantis and I forget what on the Rambouillet (I bought that used and just can't remember offhand). They're a little heavy, but I don't spend any time working on them, which suits me fine.
if that was directed at me, im 235 at the moment, but my bike is a mountain bike, and I do take it off curbs (jump onto curbs to) and I also single track the bike as well. Im not fast, and not doing anything extreme (just a beginner) but I want something stout. I dont' mind heavy either.... I was looking at a salsa rim with 40 spokes for the rear on a deore hub, figure with building it would set me back about $150 or $175.
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can you tell me some places that have some good deal on wheels right now? im looking for a new mountain bike wheel set (rear wheel)

also, do you know if you can run a disc hub with v brakes, assuming the rim supports it? i have disk brake setup on my frame and would consider upgrading in the future, but not right now, just need the wheels.
Ask the question about disc hubs in the Mechanics Forum.

I read your other post. What you want is quality. In a 26 inch wheel you will have to do huge drops to mess up a good 32 spoke wheel. I never managed to break a spoke. I hit a pothole the size of a truck doing 30 on a Mtn bike once, I bent a spoke and had to replace it. But considering I thought I was going to die, I am not complaining. The wheel was just a stock 32 spoke wheel with an Araya rim that came with the bike.
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Hi,
I have a nice set of wheels. Anbrosio Excellence rims on Ultegra hubs. The rims are just like Open Pros but an ounce heavier. I run the somewhat heavy Marathon Racers on them.

There are sales on fancy wheels all over the place right now. What I'd like to do is
have 2 sets of wheels. It'd be nice to have a set of light wheels and Vredstein Fortezza 25c tires for group rides and such.

Of course, even on sale the cost is punishing. Sure, the price is great, but it's still several hundred bucks. Which makes me feel silly, I am primarily a slow distance guy, I was never built for speed. But still... shaving 2 or 3 pounds off the wheels
is VERY tempting.
Go for it. I have 3 sets of wheels (Campy Eurus, Spinergy Stealth PBO & Rolf Vector Pro), none with more than 20 spokes and I have had to true two wheels in the last 8 years. I just try to be super attentive and ride good roads. This year I have hit a turtle at 25mph in a pack ride and and a huge bridge seam at over 30 mph with no problems. I'm not going to argue that having an 80 spoke wheel would not be stronger or take more damage, but I've ridden these wheels between 215 lbs and 250 lbs and contrary to popular belief, they do not fold like aluminum cans when someone over 150 lbs sits on them.
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can you tell me some places that have some good deal on wheels right now? im looking for a new mountain bike wheel set (rear wheel)

also, do you know if you can run a disc hub with v brakes, assuming the rim supports it? i have disk brake setup on my frame and would consider upgrading in the future, but not right now, just need the wheels.
You can run disc hubs with v brakes, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if you can't even get non-disc MTB hubs within the next couple of years. I also wouldn't be surprised if you don't see more road bikes with disc brakes in the next couple of years. It would certainly be good for heavily touring and tandem bikes, but discs brake units probably need to be mounted differently, then they do on MTBs, to leave room for rack mounts.
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