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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 03-08-14, 11:06 PM   #1
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Shimano RS81 with a 240lb ride?

Hi all - first post here so go easy

I am currently a 5' 8" 240lb rider in my early 30's. I am lucky (I suppose) as a reasonable amount of my weight is muscle, but obviously I want to lose dome load, do I have got back into road cycling with my mates.

In about 4 months I want to lose about 2 stone and reward my self with a Planet X ultegra 6800 rt-58 which I will use for getting into sportives and doing 100 mile tours with friends (at moment) we do around 40 mile trips. All is going well but when I get this new bike I am keen to get something good and I was looking at the Shimano RS81s. Would such a wheel set in conjunction with some 25mm Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG folding tyres be ok for someone my weight (maybe even 200lbs at that stage, but let's assume my current weight). I am looking for something fairly speedy and hard wearing.

Think I am pushing my luck on my current wheels and bike (23mm)

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Old 03-08-14, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi all - first post here so go easy

I am currently a 5' 8" 240lb rider in my early 30's. I am lucky (I suppose) as a reasonable amount of my weight is muscle, but obviously I want to lose dome load, do I have got back into road cycling with my mates.

In about 4 months I want to lose about 2 stone and reward my self with a Planet X ultegra 6800 rt-58 which I will use for getting into sportives and doing 100 mile tours with friends (at moment) we do around 40 mile trips. All is going well but when I get this new bike I am keen to get something good and I was looking at the Shimano RS81s. Would such a wheel set in conjunction with some 25mm Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG folding tyres be ok for someone my weight (maybe even 200lbs at that stage, but let's assume my current weight). I am looking for something fairly speedy and hard wearing.

Think I am pushing my luck on my current wheels and bike (23mm)

Thanks all

Tameautumn
Hi, and welcome! In my opinion, so long as you have the wheels checked and properly tensioned, you should be fine.
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Old 03-09-14, 01:38 AM   #3
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Hi, and welcome! In my opinion, so long as you have the wheels checked and properly tensioned, you should be fine.
Excellent thanks - so the low spoke count is not a thing to worry about?
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Old 03-09-14, 05:31 PM   #4
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Excellent thanks - so the low spoke count is not a thing to worry about?
Assuming that we are talking about high quality, brand names rims - Yes...spoke count IS very important. Generally speaking more spokes = stronger wheel that can take more beating.
You just have to keep checking for cracks around the spoke nipples if you run less than 32 spoke rim at your weight.
I would rather have peace of mind with little heavier, but stronger wheelset, than be a cool, "high end" guy who crashed ;-)
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Cheers - anyone got any good recommendations?
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Old 03-09-14, 09:28 PM   #6
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I don't remember the exact rim model that came with my bike, but I do remember it was RS "something". I started out on them at about 285lbs. I "broke" them (broken spoke) when I hit about 245lbs, and after over 800 miles on the rim. They held up great on smooth roads but the issue was the really bumpy/rough paved roads. They just could not handle all the cattle guards during a charity ride I was in and I broke down with about 20 miles left in a 60 mile ride. I had some Open Pro Mavics 36 spoke built for me, and they have worked out very well.
I also got the RS model rim repaired and took them on a ride that I hadn't done before - what a big mistake. The roads were really rough and I broke another spoke by the 15th mile (out of 45). Since that incident, I got a second Open Pro Mavic rear wheel built so I can switch out if one needs to be trued or just for style. On the 1st built Open Pro, I put over 1000 miles on them before they even needed to be trued again. I could have gone with something more expensive but these seem to work well for me.
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Check Velocity Dyad 36h rims...very strong and nice looking rim. They are bomb proof with Deore LX hubs and DT Swiss spokes.
I bough this wheelset 2 seasons ago, "abused" them for few k miles at around 300 lbs. They are as round as when they were new. I almost went with Deore XT hubs, but I found out LX is actually much stronger than the new XT.
Velocity deep V is also a very good choice.
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Excellent thanks - so the low spoke count is not a thing to worry about?
Many do, obviously. I was up to 238lbs at my max and road 16/20 wheels on one bike, 20/24 on another, 700x20mm tires on another - zero problems. But, I'll admit to having a light riding style, I (somewhat unconsciously) hop potholes, don't swing the bike side to side sprinting or climbing, don't dive into turns. If you are a hard rider, a magnet for potholes, then it's a different story. I guess the biggest fear with low spoke wheels is it you bust one, you're likely done riding that rim until fully fixed - 32/36h you can limp in to an LBS with a few tweaks of a spoke wrench.
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Thanks for the great advice

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