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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 01-19-14, 09:48 PM   #1
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Anyone running around on Shimano RS30 clincher wheels?

So the new-to-me bike I picked up has some mismatched rims and will need some rims. It currently has a Sta-Tru on the rear and a Alex Aclass 220 on the front. I could ride with them but the mismatched part bothers me and I can't seem to find a place that sells just a front or just a rear of either.

So I really like the Shimano RS30s in white (don't think they come in any other color) and for $250 for a pair I can't beat that. I know they are entry level but I am not planning on being competitive on the bike. Plus it is already over a decade old Specialized Allez so being competitive in general on something older and heavier isn't in mind. I read about the Mavic Askiums and have heard they aren't as bomb proof as the ones made around 2008.

Anyone running or have run these rims before? Curious to know feedback and I will end up running whatever rim I go with with the Continental GP4000S'.
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Old 01-20-14, 07:51 AM   #2
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Anyone running or have run these rims before?.
I have that Wheelset (a rim built w/ spokes onto a hub is a Wheel) on my Merckx, don't have a ton of miles on them & I'm not a big guy but they suit my requirements. I plan to run them on centuries instead of a lighter set w/ higher spoke count.
The tried & true loose-ball/cup/cone Shimano hub designs are easy to maintain & if properly adjusted remain extremely smooth.

Bike Radar's review I agree with:

http://www.bikeradar.com/us/gear/cat...lset-10-35396/

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I read the review and liked that over the Mavic one, plus it seems that guys really like the adjust-ability and rebuild-ability of the Shimano hubs. I watched a video on cleaning, relubing, and adjusting the hubs and was impressed by that. I have a feeling I will more than likely go with those since this will be a bike that won't be competitively raced but I want something able to handle the hole-y streets of Chicago and not weigh a ton. The only racing I will do is a sub 5 hour century ride later this year, its to raise donations for Parkinson's research. But it isn't a race technically.
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The only racing I will do is a sub 5 hour century ride later this year
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You should be good to go, Shimano makes good serviceable kit.
These are low spoke count wheels, in my day TT only, but seem quite reliable & efficient for my weight and road conditions w/o getting into deep-carbon $$$$ nonsense.

PS: The bearings need to be adjusted for just a "touch" of axle end-play before riding to avoid QR compression, then proceed and overhaul as necessary every season or three.

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