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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 01-23-13, 10:07 AM   #1
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DT Swiss RR 1.2 / RR585 rims - tough as nails.. Survived 30mph crash

The other night went out for a group ride that I lead.. The ride has gotten to be a group of 10-15 riders and we ride at a pretty good pace for most of the ride.

We reached a long straight section of the the ride where many riders step up the pace. The pace had been picking up and the group was going at 30+ when all hell breaks loose. Lead rider center punches a skunk in the road, amazingly enough he does not crash.

His rear wheel bucks wildly and takes the rider out directly behind him and he goes down hard right in front of me. I had both wheels in full lock but could not avoid t-boning him and going down hard too.. A third rider went down trying to avoid me but the rest of the group did a great job of avoiding the flying bodies and bikes at that speed..

I sat down and assessed my injuries, thankfully nothing broken, just lots of road rash on elbows and legs. The rider I hit fortunately nothing broken either. The third did have minor road rash but a broken clavicle. I at this point assume by bike is not rideable and go over and spin the wheels, front wheel, minor wobble but not enough to even have to open up the brakes.. The rear wheel straight as an arrow.. Check all other parts and all seems to be in working order. I have my friend a bike mechanic check it over, just in case I hit my head and I'm not seeing something wrong.

No, he said the bike looks fine. He also said he never seen a crash at that speed where the wheels weren't tacoed or majorly out of true. The other 2 riders had rides coming for them, and we had a few riders stay with them. I mounted up and finished the ride.

The rims / wheels I have been promoting on here for a couple years, DT Swiss RR 1.2 or new ones are called RR585. There a little heavier that some others but man they can take a beating and still keep rolling.
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Old 01-23-13, 10:20 AM   #2
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well, that's good to read since I have a set.

I've found them very solid, and smoooooth. I haven't crashed them, but have done bunny hops with no issues.

How many spokes and what hubs / spokes are you running?
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well, that's good to read since I have a set.

I've found them very solid, and smoooooth. I haven't crashed them, but have done bunny hops with no issues.

How many spokes and what hubs / spokes are you running?
32 hole with campy record 10 hubs..
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I have DT Swiss 3.0 Wheels on my bike and went through a similar story - friend fell off in front whilst doing about 25mph, couldn't avoid him as I had just got into a sprint position and was 0.5 of a second into my pass, fell off the bike and when I picked it up the wheels were fine. Only noticeable thing on the whole bike was rubber marks on the frame from his bike.
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