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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 04-04-13, 10:34 AM   #1
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Road Bikes with 36H wheels?

Do any of the major bike companies make road bikes with 36H wheels?
I am still a little over 300# but want to start doing more riding and want to start researching and planning on my next bike.

I have not had any luck finding any that come with 36H wheels, not sure if you can upgrade when you order or not.

I prefer to learn as much on here before I go to the LBS because so many times you will be told anything to get you to buy if your not careful. Our LBS that had a great reputation has closed so will be finding a new shop and want to know as much as possible before walking in.

The major bike dealers around here are Trek and Specialized.
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Old 04-04-13, 11:41 AM   #2
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I have not seen any modern quality road bikes with 36H hubs in a very long time. The move to 32H hubs started in the mid 80s. Look for a bike with 32H hubs and semi-deep V rim like the Velocity Aero (more than 20 mm). You can still retension new 32H wheels and run them into the ground before rebuilding with a strong deep V rim like Velocity Deep V or Weinmann DP18. 105 hubs are good quality. No need to spend more money for Ultegra.

http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=580
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Old 04-04-13, 12:06 PM   #3
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you will have to go custom rear wheels for any 28+ h these days. If on a tighter budget then factory built wheels are good too.
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Old 04-04-13, 02:05 PM   #4
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I ride a Specialized Secteur, still have the 'showroom' wheels on them.

Spoke to the sales guy when I bought it about wheels, and he said to give the wheels a chance before going custom but make sure I come back after a couple hundred miles were put on them to check and re-tension if needed....over 1k on the bike and have had 1 flat due to glass, no problems with spokes.

Bought the bike when I was hovering around 340ish.
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Nashbar has a sale (I think) on Vuelta Corsa HD (Heavy Duty) road wheels with 36H. $149 for both F/R. Reviews are good on this set and reviews say it supports heavy people. So that might be a solution. It adds extra cost, but it's about as cheap or cheaper than buying the components for ones self and building your own.
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There is always the ability/possibility to ask the LBS about swapping the OEM wheels for something different. They should be able to give you some credit towards the replacement
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The Surly CrossCheck can be ordered with a 36-spoke Long Haul Trucker wheelset, but the 32-spokes wheels it comes with are pretty sturdy.
A Trek 520 comes with 36-spoke wheels if I'm not mistaken. It's a steel touring bike, but set up right it makes a good club ride bike for a Clyde.

If you do get a bike with 32-spoke wheels, you might want to just swap out the rear wheel for 36-spokes as the front wheel takes less of the load and isn't subject to drive forces. You can keep the 32-hole rear as a spare or to swap back once some of the weight comes off.
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A lot of cyclocross bikes come with 32H wheel sets. With a set of road tires, cyclocross bikes can be very good road bikes.
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