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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 03-19-09, 04:57 PM   #1
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A question about wheels?

I have a quick question about wheels. I am eyeing a Giant XTC. Now the concern I have is that the front wheel is a 24 spoke and the rear is a 30 spoke. Now, the configuration is what is getting to me. The spokes on the front wheel are not placed at interval, they come together at the rim at the 1 O'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock... positions and the same for the back wheel. Has anybody had experience with this? Oh yeah, I am at about 350, 6' tall. 19" frame. Thanks for any info!

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Old 03-19-09, 06:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are describing radial laced wheels. If I were 350, I would stay away from those and go for standard 32 or 36 spoke 3 cross. 19" frame would be close for rough off road riding at your height. If you are going to use it as a road bike, go bigger.
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At 350 pounds, go for a 36h 3 cross wheel for any off road applications. I wouldn't go less than 28h for road riding.
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rocky mtn cycles on ebay sells some 36 hole wheels with straight gauge dt spokes.. I bought a set for light touring, very solid and good company to deal with.. There prices are very competitive

http://search.ebay.com/search/search...=32%26fsoo%3D2
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Old 03-20-09, 04:57 AM   #5
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Hi thanks for the info guys, the bike comes with them standard so I'll give them a whirl. I'll let you know how they hold up. The bike guy is saying that I should be fine, and he's not voiding the warrenty cause of my size... So I got a year to find out! hee hee.... As for bike size, I haven't been on a bike in about 15 years and I doubt the minister of finance (i.e. Wife) will let me buy 2 bikes, so I am going mid way. I think 19 is all right too since I don't have a very long inseam. I am currently in Korea so I'll have a look here. I also want to be doing some light trail and farm roads along the rice pady's here. As soon as I get it I'll try and post some pics. Maybe start up a photo section, or thread or something.

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