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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 08-03-13, 04:15 PM   #1
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new wheelset

Hey guys Ive already kind of made up my mind but I wanted to know your final thoughts to see how well I did.

So anyways here goes. Since I have been off the bike (about 2 years ago) ive slowly drifted up into the clydesdale range. well the last year I road my bike at the begining of the season, you could tell the bearings in the (joytech brand) hubs were starting to go. So I figued i would ride out the rest of the year and replace the bearings in the off season.

Well the off season came and I could not find any information on these brand hubs. and i started reading up that joytechs aure unservicable.

So fast forward, This year im at my heaviest yet. 210+ lbs so ive decided that i need to go ahead and get back out on the bike. So I went down to the LBS and talked wheels with the owner. and we settled up on some ROL wheel volant R/T and when they arive im going to put some vittoria rubaino pros on them.

The owner of the bike shop said that the volant R/T's were good wheels for heavy riders like myself and several other heavy riders and mechanics that were at the shop chimed in to say that they to had great luck with the ROL volant R/T so I decided to go ahead and get them ordered and they will arrive some time this week.

So my question is. How did I do? anyone else have any experience? good or bad? I searched on the forum and on google and could find plenty of reviews but not from other clydes.

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Old 08-03-13, 06:46 PM   #2
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210 is heavy?

I'd have to see the hubs to be sure, but I find it a bit hard to believe they aren't serviceable.
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Old 08-04-13, 09:28 AM   #3
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210 is heavy?

I'd have to see the hubs to be sure, but I find it a bit hard to believe they aren't serviceable.
Yeah, I'd look into this. Bearings is bearings, and if it went together, it can almost certainly come apart... Hub maintenance is so easy once you get past the initial fear of it. I did it recently to a set of Spinergy wheels (new bearings, inspected/greased pawls, etc.).
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Old 08-04-13, 04:43 PM   #4
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I tried pushing out the bearings. but no luck. internal to the hub are two bearings. one drive side one non drive side. and two more inside the cassette drive (forgive me i have no idea what its technically called) I did not have access to a bearing / bushing driver and tried driving out the bearing with a socket that matched the outside diameter of the bearing. Still no luck. only thing I didn't try is taking it to work and using the hydralic press on it. But I also kinda messed up the threads on the axel so it might be toast unless I can find a new axle. But i might try taking stuff to work its what I have been doing. (EMB-170 series regional jet heavy check mechanic) So I have quite a few hand tools at work and a few tools that could be used for bikes but not many.

Thinking im going to have to get a bearing driver and push the bearings that way.

and yes 210 is heavy lol especially when I only stand in at 5'6"

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P.S. yes if i could get the other set of wheels operational again that would be great because then I could have a spare wheelset. The front is still ok. the rear is the problem.
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Old 08-04-13, 04:59 PM   #5
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I'm not familiar with the wheels you purchased, but given the LBS's recommendation and the info on the manufacturer's website, it appears that the wheels will work for your intended purposes and hopefully you'll be really happy with them.

Still I'm a little skeptical that this is the best choice for you. You could have built a stout pair of wheels using rims from mavic or velocity or sun and a pair of shimano hubs. I think you'd be better off with a more conventional 32 (and perhaps even a 36 on the rear) hole rim laced 3 cross than the wheels you purchased. $475 will buy you a nice pair of quality hand built wheels.
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