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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 04-10-13, 06:48 PM   #1
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Wheel Question

I just purchased a 2013 Trek FX 7.6, and am worried about my weight on the wheels. I just sold my other Hybrid that had a 16 front 20 rear spoke count. But they were WH R600 & never had a problem, but also am not rough on them. My weight is 230 pounds, and here is link to the 24 spoke count wheels that come stock on the bike. Link : http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ness/fx/7_6_fx just wondering if any of you guys have any knowledge on these. Also the bike comes with w/IsoZone monostay dampers on the rear. They seem very flexible, even maybe to much. The bike was several months old, and bought it from an LBS that had it on consignment. So No warranty, or any real help from them, they said the wheels would be fine, but seem weak to me. Thanks
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The specs don't tell us what the gauge of the spokes is. They do say "top quality" stainless. If they are 14 gauge, then 24 spokes is starting to get a bit on the light side for the rear. At your weight not a problem on the front, even with radial laced spokes. But the rear might be an issue. But if 12 gauge, or if the attachment at the hub is not a hooked end but vertical, it may be pretty tough. What makes you think the wheels are weak? Was the tension insufficient on the spokes? Or non-uniform?
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The specs don't tell us what the gauge of the spokes is. They do say "top quality" stainless. If they are 14 gauge, then 24 spokes is starting to get a bit on the light side for the rear. At your weight not a problem on the front, even with radial laced spokes. But the rear might be an issue. But if 12 gauge, or if the attachment at the hub is not a hooked end but vertical, it may be pretty tough. What makes you think the wheels are weak? Was the tension insufficient on the spokes? Or non-uniform?
Just holding the back wheel, and pushing it side to side to check for bearing play. The salesman did say as long as I was not to rough they should be okay, but he would look into upgrading the back one. There very close to my Giant Escape in size, (which are 14 gauge according to there website) but they due feel a little bigger. How would I tell what size they are ? And they look like they hook in just like the Giant.
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People seem to have a fear of a massive wheel failure when a wheel has x spokes and they weigh y pounds.

while I suppose it's possible, I don't believe it would ever be likely. Breaking spokes and the wheel going out of true are much more likely occurrences.

at 230 your not actually all that heavy as compared to many people who ask this question.

i suggest riding the wheels and see how they do. While I agree they are on the light side, I don't think your in immenent danger.
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My Madone has 24 spoke wheels Trek wheels and they went 2500 miles before I had to tweek the spoke tension to keep them even and true. If it was me I'd get a Park tension meter and check them every 500 miles or so.
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People seem to have a fear of a massive wheel failure when a wheel has x spokes and they weigh y pounds.

while I suppose it's possible, I don't believe it would ever be likely. Breaking spokes and the wheel going out of true are much more likely occurrences.

at 230 your not actually all that heavy as compared to many people who ask this question.

i suggest riding the wheels and see how they do. While I agree they are on the light side, I don't think your in immenent danger.
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Thanks guys, sorry worrying about it, just paid a lot of money out & was thinking Oh darn. Now I'm going to have a wheel set right away. I will get the park tool, and just ride for now.. Thanks again for answering, never thought about how many people would ask this question. But over on the Hybrid forum you see the same ones ALL the time. Which bike should I get etc..
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Best thing to do is have the spokes properly tensioned BEFORE you ride.
Doing so after "X" miles may have already started to shortened their "potential" life.
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I had a set of Bontrager Select wheels on my Lemond ($1100) that would not stay true for more than a week (230 lbs). I fussed and fought with them for 3 months to squeeze 2000 miles out of them (busy year). Wasn't worth the hassle. I upgraded to Race model and my luck wasn't much better.

Although the wheels won't explode, they will leave you fusssing with them constantly if there is a problem. Seems hit and miss on stock wheels IMO. Now I just replace stock wheels cause I can cheaply building my own.
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I had a set of Bontrager Select wheels on my Lemond ($1100) that would not stay true for more than a week (230 lbs). I fussed and fought with them for 3 months to squeeze 2000 miles out of them (busy year). Wasn't worth the hassle. I upgraded to Race model and my luck wasn't much better.

Although the wheels won't explode, they will leave you fusssing with them constantly if there is a problem. Seems hit and miss on stock wheels IMO. Now I just replace stock wheels cause I can cheaply building my own.
I have determined to just ride them, and go from there. Not able to build my own YET
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