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Old 10-07-08, 09:44 PM   #1
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Uber clyde on an Specialized Sirrus?

Hello fellow clydes and athenas, my question is this.........would a 2008 Specialized Sirrus hold up a 400#clyde? Will the rims hold up at 32 spokes with double walls? Please advise me.
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Old 10-07-08, 09:54 PM   #2
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That's a good bike, the wheels look good, but as a Clyde, be prepared at some point to have the wheels rebuilt with heavy duty rims / spokes... Ya never know.

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have you taken it for a test ride? i don't know about a person of your size. i tested it a few years ago at 230#. i thought the ride was too harsh for me.
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I weigh close to 300 and i busted 1 spoke in 1500 miles on my sirrus, can't say how they'd hold up to 400lbs
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Old 10-10-08, 12:23 PM   #5
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At 250# I had 3 spokes bust in 1500 miles. The back wheel hub shaft was bending as well. I found some Mavic Aksium wheels on sale and have had no problems since. The bike would be great but I would beef up the wheels.
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Old 10-10-08, 01:38 PM   #6
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I feel like i jynxed myself on this one but i busted another spoke riding last night.
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Hello fellow clydes and athenas, my question is this.........would a 2008 Specialized Sirrus hold up a 400#clyde? Will the rims hold up at 32 spokes with double walls? Please advise me.
Heck at 190lbs I feel twitchy about putting my kind of weight on the stock 32 hole wheels; however, they seem to be holding up okay. I'd be more inclined to build up a set of 36 holers.
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+1 on the busted spokes. I too have suffered the humiliation of walking my stock Sirrus 15 miles back from the far end of a bike path due to busted spokes. I replaced the stock wheels with Mavic bladed spoke wheels and after a break in period where the wheels needed a few tweaks to stay true, I am fine now.

The Sirrus is a great bike. The wheels aren't made for a clyde though. Better wheels, and a sprung seat were a great change for me. Also - the suspension seat post never worked at my weight. I replaced mine with a stock post when I put a sprung seat on. Now the bike rides great and I don't feel the road as much "in the end".
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