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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.
    2013 Trek Ion CX Pro
    2013 Specialized Carve Comp

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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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    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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    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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