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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 06-08-13, 07:49 AM   #1
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Good wheelset for 300lbs?

Apologies if this has been covered already. I tried to do a search but keep getting this error message: Oops! An error occurred: unknown local index 'ForumDelta' in search request

I'm wondering what people would recommend for a wheelset for me on my road bike? I have a Diamondback Podium 2 with the stock wheels and I'm starting to have some issues with the rear wheel (spokes coming loose and getting out of true). I'm not really surprised since it has a lower spoke count (24 I believe?) and I exceed the recommended weight limit.

I've been doing some searching and came across the Vuelta Corsa HD wheel set on nashbar and a few other websites. Does anybody have any feedback on these?

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Old 06-08-13, 10:33 AM   #2
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I'm also 300#, and when I asked, someone recommended the best rim I could afford and a minimum of 32 spokes, 36 being preferable. I ultimately went with Deore hubs and Mavic rims. The Mavics seem to be doing alright, whereas the original cheap rims were very creaky and flex-y.
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Old 06-08-13, 11:04 AM   #3
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I have had the HDs on my bike for a year and I have about 2000 miles on them. They were supposed to be a temporary wheel set while I saved my $$ and then bought a better set. I did. I prefer the HDs and still have them on the bike. Great wheel set for clydes.

They go on sale regularly for $149 and I have seen them as low as $125 with discounts.

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Old 06-08-13, 11:11 AM   #4
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I'm sure there are plenty of riders who have had good luck with the Vueltas. But, I'm soundly in the camp of those who will suggest a shimanon hub'ed (Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra) 32 or 36 spoke build using any one of a few rims. The clydesdale standard is the Velocity Deep V. Others that are popular and durable include Velocity Dyad and Synergy, DT Swiss 585, HED Belgium C2.

If you're search was successful you would find no shortage of similiar threads and the most commonly endorsed and suggested setup is Shimano 105's, Velocity Deep V built with straight 14 gauge spokes or 14/15 double butted.

Regardless of components chosen, the secret to durability under a clyde is going to be the degree to which any wheel is tension matched/balanced and stress relieved.
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Old 06-08-13, 02:33 PM   #5
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What is your price range?
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Old 06-08-13, 02:42 PM   #6
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Velocity Deep V, with the hub of your choice, 14 Ga spokes in 36 hole. 105 hubs are pretty reasonable. I went with White Industries because I had the $$$ and felt like spending it
http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/cw/#.UbOaP8u9KSN - I put in a set of DeepV, with 105 hubs, silver spokes, silver nipples - $330 and some change, plus shipping

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Old 06-08-13, 08:36 PM   #7
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I am bigger than you and I ride 36 hole Phil Wood hubs (7 spd freewheel) laced with straight 14 guage spokes to Velocity Deep V's. Absolutely bomb proof.
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Old 06-09-13, 05:02 PM   #8
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At 240 I'm on Deep Vs with Chris King R45 hubs 32 spoke.
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I'm 6'1"go about 300, last two years I've been riding 32 spoke Ultegra hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims, no problems had a local shop build them for me.
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Old 06-09-13, 09:36 PM   #10
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I have been running mavic aksium race wheels for the past 3 years. I rode them at my heaviest of 360+ with no problems. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
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Old 06-10-13, 02:21 AM   #11
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I built a set of "road" wheels for my Hybrid.
Sun Rims M13 II 32 spoke.
Cheapest Amazon Shimano hubs I could find (FH-RM-30, Front was a Deore, but it doesn't matter since they are 100mm spacing. You'll want a "road" rear hub for the 130mm spacing vs the 135mm Hybrid spacing.
DT Swiss DB 14/15 DS, 15/16 NDS & front.
Brass nipples.

I dropped the rear wheel into an old style storm sewer grate and hit hard enough to bounce me 6-8" out of the seat. No damage! I did have them evenly tensioned. Within +/- 5%.

I'm only 230, but the same set w/36 spokes should be amply adequate for your weight.
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Old 06-10-13, 10:09 AM   #12
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What is your price range?
I wasn't sure on a price range. I know that you generally get what you pay for and that you can spend anywhere from $50 - $5000 on this stuff, I just didn't really have a starting point. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, now I can start deciding how much I want to spend!
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Old 06-10-13, 11:44 AM   #13
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Single bike has 32-spoke with Deep V on front, 36 spoke with Chukker on back.
Tandem has 32 or 36-spoke (If forget which) on front, 40-spoke with Chukker on back.
Front spoke count was limited by the hub generator available.
If you have a good wheelbuilder, get THEIR recommendation.
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Old 06-10-13, 12:23 PM   #14
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When I was around 240 I had Easton EA50 wheels. Front is a 20 spoke radial laced, rear is a 24 spoke, 2 cross on drive side, radial on non drive side. But since I've put some weight back on I switched to a stronger wheel. I had no problem with the Easton's they are still true as the day I got them, but they do tend to flex a bit. Currently, at 280, I have DT Swiss RR 585, 32 spokes 3 cross with Shimano 105 hubs, both front and back. Nice and strong set of wheels. Got those for around $350 IIRC.
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