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    Easton EA90SL Wheelset

    Barely a clydesdale (199 lbs), I bought the Easton EA90SL wheelset last March and, five months and 3000+ miles later, I've had two rear spokes come completely out of the rim, nipple and all. One was drive-side and the other wasn't. In the past, the Velomax wheels, which Easton has since purchased, worked fine for me, but the purported "heavy-duty" wheelset I bought this year has been nothing but trouble as of late. Any other similar experiences?

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    Mavic Ksyrium Elite's did the same for me.

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    I bought a set of Easton EA90SLs about 20 months ago, put around 7000mi on them before I bought my PowerTap wheels and never had a single problem. Their customer support seems top-notch. Have you contacted them?

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    I have. They have yet to respond. I'm just using the "contact" button on the Easton website, and, both times, I haven't received an answer. Maybe I should call this one in?

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    FWIW, I just called Easton and they said I could send it back (5 days to get there) and they could inspect it for warranty issues (4-6 weeks) and send it back to me (5 days to get it home to Minnesota).

    I think I'll get a wheelset built in that time-frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielgaz View Post
    FWIW, I just called Easton and they said I could send it back (5 days to get there) and they could inspect it for warranty issues (4-6 weeks) and send it back to me (5 days to get it home to Minnesota).

    I think I'll get a wheelset built in that time-frame.
    Um, why not do both, send these wheels in on the warranty claim, and get yourself another set built?

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    Yep guys - Wheels are the real problem for anyone over 200 lbs. I think we can ride most any frame (although I'm not sure carbon is the best choice for me) but most lite racing wheelsets are built with 130lb racers in mind. If I were you I'd think about getting a good set of hubs (white industries or shimano's) and some Mavik Open Pros with a minimum of 32 spokes and have someone build them up for you. They aren't that much heavier, and they'll take all the abuse you can hand them. Besides, if you ride enough, you can always by the EA90's after you've dropped the weight. I'm right at 200 lbs and I'm riding Spinergy's, because I kept popping spokes on my Fulcrum 5's and Xeros. . . .

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    RPP Invincible wheels


    If you guys are concerned about wheels that hold up for us heavy guys without adding a lot of weight, then you should check out these RPP Invincible wheels. They are good for riders well over 200lbs and made to be nearly indestructable at only 1580g. Most racing wheels are not designed for over 200lbs. Everyone is concerned with the lightest weight so designing for heavy riders is not part of the equation.

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    Sound like you just had some issues with the wheels. They are handmade/man made, stuff happens. I've been riding SLX90's for two years and my weight is the same as yours. For a while I was 205+. No issues..nothing other than a kid smacking into my back wheel one day. Easton's claim no weight limitation....so they say.

    They will fix them up for you.

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    I had Mavic Open Pro's, 32H, Ultegra Hubs on my bike. I had to true the rear wheel a couple of times a year and I got 4,000 miles on them before a rear spoke pulled thru.

    I have not rebuilt the wheel yet since I picked up a set of Velocity Deep Vs, 36H, Dura Ace hubs. I have less than 500 miles on these new wheels but I must say, they are holding up nice. Very rough roads on my rides and the rear wheel is holding up great. I'm 245 lbs.

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