LBKA (formerly punkncat)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: OTP South
Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0
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Another one of those Clyde "will the wheel hold" question
I have a set of Bontrager SSR on my bike now. They are heavy as can be, but I have been very impressed with how straight they have stayed as well, even riding on some dirt/gravel from time to time. I don't like the hubs at all, and wouldn't mind lightening up some, however I have noticed that just about every wheelset I have looked at has a lower spoke count (like Mavic Aksium), often has straight laced bladed spokes, etc.
Now, I would like to have a lighter wheel, but I also want something sturdy enough to stay true under me. I have noted that with many of the wheels they list "no weight limit" but I wanted to get some input from some guys MY size. I am not some mid 140 lb muscle stick, I am running around 220 right now, and probably will never be under 2 no matter what I do. I generally go up to around 240 in the winter.
With that said, what kind of wheels are some of you "hearty" fellows using, and how are they holding up for you?
I guess since I am asking a wheel question anyway....there is very little detail to be found about the SSR wheel aside from people complaining about the weight (like me). In all the descriptions I have found, the hub is listed as being a sealed cartridge bearing.
Is it possible to just throw a higher quality bearing into the existing hub to improve the rolling performance, or would I have to purchase the correct hubs and have the wheels rebuilt around them?