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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 11-28-11, 03:47 PM   #1
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I am sure I am beating a dead horse here but what are some good wheels on a price conscience choice. I have a cannondale road bike 700c, looking for a rear wheel, maybe a set.

I'm 6'4 260 but will probably be down to 240. Any mavics? Sunlite Ryno LItes? Is a 36h a must and how important is the spoke gauge.
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Old 11-28-11, 03:52 PM   #2
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I'm still riding a set of Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels that I've had for more than a year. The brake track is getting pretty concave, but that's what happens you when use them a lot in the rain. Otherwise, they're heavy, indestructibly strong, and reasonably cheap.
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Old 11-28-11, 04:05 PM   #3
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Get some wheels built by hand by a reputable builder. Sunringle CR18 rims are dirt cheap, and strong. Pair those with Shimano 105 hubs and DB14 spokes, and you'll probably have the lowest-cost, best-value rims available.

Note: Initial cost might be pricey to have wheels handbuilt. But if you want durable, you want handbuilt.
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Old 11-28-11, 08:00 PM   #4
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I'm a big fan of Vuelta Corsa HD's. A bit heavy but stout. Straight out of the box I picked up 1-2 MPH. 300 miles later still very true.
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Old 11-28-11, 08:16 PM   #5
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Go rear wheel first to save dough. Deep V or equivalent 30mm rim.

I weigh 250'ish and have 9000 on a Mavic CXP30 and 20000 on a Deep V no problems.

I don't like the thought of 36 hole hub flanges. As an inspector with machined parts, less material between holes compromises the integrity of the structure. I've had friends at 230 lbs snap rear Ultegra hubs at the flange but I never with a 32 or 28 and more mileage.
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Old 11-28-11, 10:57 PM   #6
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Great, thank you. Everyone has given some valuable input. But any more info on spoke strength if it is proportionally relevant to the studryness of the wheel would be appreciated. I see a cheap wheel on ebay mavic open sport, tiagra hubs 32h with 2mm spokes with brass nipples for $110 including shipping. I can get http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimension-70...ht_2403wt_1187

Or my lbs can build me a set with sunlite rhynolite rims with whatever hub but handbuilt
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Old 11-29-11, 08:01 PM   #7
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Great, thank you. Everyone has given some valuable input. But any more info on spoke strength if it is proportionally relevant to the studryness of the wheel would be appreciated. I see a cheap wheel on ebay mavic open sport, tiagra hubs 32h with 2mm spokes with brass nipples for $110 including shipping. I can get http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimension-70...ht_2403wt_1187

Or my lbs can build me a set with sunlite rhynolite rims with whatever hub but handbuilt
Those Open Sports are very sturdy wheels. In a 32 spoke set up, you should be fine. One of my riding buddies is your height and weight and he loves his Mavic Open Sport wheels. His are built up with 105 hubs though. The Tiagra hubs might be inexpensive but they are durable and you should happy with them too. Just make sure if you buy them, that you take them to your LBS and have the tension checked out.

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Old 11-30-11, 12:13 AM   #8
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I have been riding Mavic Aksiums for about 5 years. They arent light, but they are strong. These wheels have seen my weight go from 230 up to 320 back to 260. I have never had a problem with them.
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Old 11-30-11, 12:47 PM   #9
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One more thing. I have the option for getting mavic open sport rims 32h hubs but with tiagra brand new or the almost identical setup but with ultegra hubs FH-6600 used but in excellent condition. And the price is the same with shipping included on the new wheel. $100 or this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimension-Va...#ht_2176wt_954 and money is kind of a factor
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Old 11-30-11, 01:53 PM   #10
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I've been close to 270 at my heaviest. Truth be told I'm probably not far from that now.

I ride Mavic Aksiums (24/20 and 20/20) and Neuvation M-28s with no problem whatsoever.
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Old 11-30-11, 01:58 PM   #11
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Maintenance of what you buy counts.
Keep the spoke tension checked regularly, loose spokes break sooner.

hand built wheels would not have the nipples fitted dry.
I use Anti Seize to make maintenance re truing/tensioning, go well.

top shelf.. 13 gage butted to 14, wheelsmith a good choice, or DT alpine,
you can beef up the right rear spoke, as It's the most highly tensioned .
on a derailleur wheel.

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