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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 09-27-10, 05:56 PM   #1
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Another Rec for Deep V's

Well Gina's wheel finally started signs of failure so I quickly replaced it with a wheel I rarely ride. My pride and joy DA hub with a Deep V. After the first ride (I didn't ask) she said, "wow, I feel a big difference in the wheel". I asked for more info and her comments were that the wheel was much more solid feeling and not so wimpy like the low spokecount wheel she had beenriding the last 13,000 miles before cracking at the eyelets. (Bontrager Race Lites $400 per set but stock on her bike).

I asked if the wheel felt heavy on the climb (GMR 8 miles 2200ft) and she said not at all. If anything, it was stiffer and more responsive on the climb. So I then asked how it felt on the flat land. She said it felt fast and VERY VERY smooth. Again I asked if it felt heavy on the spin up as so many in the forums have claimed of this heavy wheel. She said no, again it felt stiff, super sturdy and if anything, more reponsive compared to the "wimpy" low spoke count wheel she had been riding.

So I asked about crosswinds while riding the flat trail. She said she didnt feel any diference as far as crosswinds except that the felt strong compared to the wimpy wheel she had. She said this wheel just wants to go, maybe aerodyanmics but she can't say for sure but the thing just wants to go! But she says she can't see from where the some of the negative forum opinions of the wheel are based.

I told her that if for any reason she felt the wheel was too heavy, I'd strip it down fo the DA hub then build it on a rim that was a little lighter. She said no way, this thing is strong and VERY VERY smooth!

I give her some credibility as far as ride characteristic opinions after she broke my heart saying her new full carbon bike on $62 GP 4000's was not any smoother of a ride compared to her old steel bike. I don't think she feels the placebo effects in bike equipment. Again I asked if she wanted me to build the wheel with a lighter rim, answer remains the same!

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Old 09-27-10, 08:18 PM   #2
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Sounds like you lost your pride and joy.
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Now you need to build a matching wheel for the front!
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I hope my build up of them works out well. Only difference is that I will be lacing them up to Ultegra hubs.
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Sounds like you lost your pride and joy.
Yes, but I have a brand new Deep V just waiting to be built with an Ultegra hub. It was my pride and joy but having Gina ride the DA is just as joyful!. Maybe I'm going soft!

Actually, from Ultegra to DA, DA to SRAM this and that, after a while it's all horse puckey. I ride my Ultegra 600 hubs (1997 components) all the time, riding the DA wheel never subtracted time off my rides. So going from DA to Ultegra, no difference in my opinion other than cool factor and Gina is much cooler than I!
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Now you need to build a matching wheel for the front!
I probably will but with a not so deep rim like I did on my Cannondale, V in the rear, CXP33 in the front. But I don't usually replace things till they need it or till I have money to throw away.

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I hope my build up of them works out well. Only difference is that I will be lacing them up to Ultegra hubs.
This is a wheel I had on my Canondale that I don't ride much, I didn't build this one. I payed a pro to build this one but I really don't like the way he built it. He laced the trailing spokes on the outside of the hub flange and the leading spokes on the inside contrary to Sheldon Brown's advice for a strong wheel. I wouldn't have done that. This is pre "building my own" days and if I had known back then, I would have had a little talk with the builder at the "PRO" shop. Another reason why I now build my own

No problems with the wheel yet but low mileage. So if it does cause any problems, I'll tear it down and rebuild it the right way, for free!

The wheels I have built are Ultegra and no difference other than cool factor like I mention above!

See the spokes on the inside of the flange (driveside) pointed forward..not Sheldon's way but used by some.


Spokes on the inside of the hub flange pointing rearward, trailing spokes reinforced by hub falnge..Sheldon's way and the method I follow (my latest build).

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Gina is much cooler than I!
I think you will get lots of support on that statement.
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OMG, where did you get that picture from? Where ever it was, I would consider sending it back for a refund if it is not too late.
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OMG, where did you get that picture from? Where ever it was, I would consider sending it back for a refund if it is not too late.
Hey Man! I rode to the village that day (last year), returned to the bottom then rode back up to the shack. I think I deserved that picture! I had Elvis songs in my head all through the ride.
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