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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 07-30-10, 11:14 AM   #1
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Neat looking wheel for Big Guys

HI ,
Any of you ride this model, looks pretty solid.

http://www.topolinotech.com/700c-clincher-wheel.shtml
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Old 07-30-10, 12:19 PM   #2
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I have to confess that I read the title of this thread as "Neat looking Big Wheel for Guys." I was never able to ride those Big Wheels.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:20 PM   #3
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Truth be told, I am afraid of carbon spokes.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:35 PM   #4
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You will get better service out of a conventional spoked wheel, and have money left in your pocket.
25 year old wheel, 36 15 gage straight spokes, E2 Mavic rim with
Campag Hi Low hub [I laced up 3X on high right side , 4X on the low side] still works well ,
for my occasional sporting rural excursion.
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Old 07-30-10, 01:19 PM   #5
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I contacted Topolino. They have a 200-lb. weight limit, or some-such number. All I remember is I exceed it (260-lbs.).

But yes, they look very nice. Given how they're built I wouldn't hesitate trying them out. However, if something did go wrong, I wouldn't have a warranty to fall back upon and the $1,500 would be out the window.
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I didn't notice the 1500.00 part. ouch.
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Old 07-30-10, 01:24 PM   #7
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I contacted Topolino. They have a 200-lb. weight limit, or some-such number.
Yup, keep in mind when a wheel company (especially a boutique one specializing in light weight) says, "larger riders" it means 180-200lbs. Stupid marketing people.
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I didn't notice the 1500.00 part. ouch.
I'm not sure of the exact price and could very well be wrong. It was over a year ago when I researched these. But, I do know they're expensive.
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Old 07-30-10, 02:05 PM   #9
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I have a set of Topolino AX 3.0 wheels. Had them since 2007. I use them on both my single bike and tandem. They didn't mention any weight restrictions when I got them and my tandem team weighs in somewhere between 350-400lbs. They knew what I was using them for since they were sponsoring our RAAM team at the time. You may have gotten the Lawyer speak when you contacted them. (edit, since I run the AX3.0 which is a different wheel, that may be the reason in their weight allowance differences)

Here is my review of them having owned a pair for three years now and putting conservatively around 10,000miles on them. They are fairly lite and a very lively wheel. They are the best riding wheels I've owned. They have an incredibly good ride! They are not the fastest wheels out there by a long shot. While the spokes are bladed they are not very aerodynamic. The wheels have proved to be extremely durable, even the carbon/Kevlar spokes. I did two RAAM's using them, one on the single and one using them on the tandem. Their weak point isn't the spoke itself but the nipple. If they are to break anywhere that is where it'll happen. I broke one spoke on a front wheel when I hit a pot hole at about 60+mph. The wheel stayed straight and mostly true. I didn't have to adjust the brake. It was an extremely hard hit and a lesser wheel might have been destroyed. The rear wheel survived the derailleur getting sucked into the spokes with no fatalities to the spokes but the derailleur and hanger were trashed. Their customer service is absolutely top notch. I know they were one of our sponsors but I have no qualms about saying they are a great company with a great product. I'd recommend them in a minute.
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I have to confess that I read the title of this thread as "Neat looking Big Wheel for Guys." I was never able to ride those Big Wheels.
I remember seeing a Big Wheel trike in the Alt forums that someone made using a Unicycle...
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I saw a set the other day...guy had IIRC a Pinarello Prince with them on. Not a small dude -- the bike was a 60 -- and he said the wheels had zero issues. Really wild looking, nice workmanship.
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