Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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I'm 250 and ride long distance on 32 spoke wheels front and back. I've used:
- Alex DA16 with 14g spokes
- DT RR1.1 with 14g spokes
- Mavic Open Pro with 14/15db spokes
and they've all held up admirably on rough roads, chip seal, even mild sections of hardpack trail and country roadway for rides as long as 215 miles. A properly tensioned 32 spoke wheel will hold up just fine for you; but cohophysh is correct in stating that you should bring your wheels to the LBS and have them properly tensioned before riding.
When I bought my Mavic OP, the first thing I did was put it flat on the floor, press the rim and listen to the chorus of pings pangs and spoings as the machine built wheel settled its spokes. I flipped it and did the same, then popped it on my truing stand and went to work on the loose spokes and got it trued and tensioned to my liking.
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