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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 05-29-13, 05:31 PM   #1
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Upgrading Wheelset (250+Lbs)

Hello,

I was curious as to what wheelset you guys are all using, i think its tim to upgrade from my Mavic Aksium.

Performance has some pretty decent price on a set of Easton and Reynolds wheeels

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...90513__1790513

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...90513__1790513

but being a heavier rider i dont want to buy a wheel and damage it due it to not being able to support my weight, so i was wondering what wheels you guys are running and how do you like them.

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Old 05-29-13, 05:36 PM   #2
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I have a set of easton ea90SLs that I rode for about 5k miles with no truing at all, but those are 24/28 spokes and the heaviest I was at the time was 243 or so.

I'd say look for at least 28 spokes out back if I were you.
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Old 05-29-13, 10:43 PM   #3
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Probably not the answer you're looking for, but, I'm incredibly happy with my hand-built Ultegra/DT Swiss 585's.

If I had it to do over again and could find the rims for a reasonable amount I would go for some HED Belgium C2's.

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Old 05-29-13, 10:50 PM   #4
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I have a bunch of bikes with different spoke counts varying from 20 to 36. I don't seem to have a problem with the wheels with low spoke counts, maybe the spokes are thicker and stronger. I have a wheel that has 36 spokes and over the years I have broken 2 spokes on this rear wheel and 2 alloy nipples. My oldest set of wheels just keep going and have been for about 30 years now. But I have always gotten good quality hubs (Campy record and Phil Wood) 36 spokes in my younger days.

But to answer your question, if I were getting new wheels I would get the cheapest set of Campy wheels ($175) because I have mostly Campy drivetrains. At that price I could go through a couple of sets of wheels before getting close to the cost of a Phil Wood hub. Now if I wanted a bulletproof set of wheels I would start with 36 hole Phils and build from there. Rims that I like are Mavic Open Pros but I would look for any cheap strong rim.

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Williams makes nice wheels at a really decent price. Williams System 30X come in 24/28 or 28/32 and I ride the heck out of my 24/28 set at 210 pounds. They are $549 I think. Very good reputation for service if you ever need it.

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IMO, your Aksiums are every bit the equal of those Reynolds, and close to the EA90's... How about a set of Ksyriums? Or Spinergy Stealth Carbons? I've had good luck with both of those types. On my steel frame bikes, I'd got the with the suggestion above (Mavic Open Pro with quality hubs), but in 32 spoke (250 is not that heavy.. ).
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What sort of riding are you doing? Are you looking for bling or are you just looking for something nicer that can do the job?

I sit just under 120kg/260lb and am coming down. I race and train on my Velocity A23s laced x32 to Ultegra hubs. I can't fault them and I'm happy racing them. The only way I'd upgrade is to the newish Kinlin XC279 rim laced to nice-ish hubs and preferably with CXray spokes. I like durable over bling, but without straying too far from bling.

If you're 250 and on the way down, then I'd seriously contemplate riding 24/28 spokes.

The thing you have to remember about low spoke count wheels, is that the rim is built stronger to give the extra strength to allow the wider spoke spacing. This means either heavier or weaker rims from the perspective of the larger person. Go a low profile light rim on 28 or 32 spoke and you can't go wrong. They will spin up better and won't have to sacrifice much on aero. If you want more aero, then look at higher profile rims or aero spokes. You could build a more reliable set of rims for around the same money and weight as either of the 2 options you list.
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Well back when I was younger and lighter, I built my own wheels. Now that I am older 65 and 220 I went with White Ind hubs and Velocity Blunt rims with 36 hole. These wheels will out live me, and I really should not have to do anything to them.
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Hello,

I was curious as to what wheelset you guys are all using, i think its tim to upgrade from my Mavic Aksium.

Performance has some pretty decent price on a set of Easton and Reynolds wheeels

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...90513__1790513

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...90513__1790513

but being a heavier rider i dont want to buy a wheel and damage it due it to not being able to support my weight, so i was wondering what wheels you guys are running and how do you like them.

Cheers
Tommy
If you're not bending rims or breaking spokes there is not one thing wrong with the wheels you have now.

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