Thought the clydes forum would be a good place to 'rant' on this subject. I'm 230 lbs, but I have two sets of wheels [about $750 a pop range per set], where rear rims have cracked on me [both were mavic, one open pro, the other ksyirium equipe]. I realize I'm 'heavy' for these class of wheels, but registered on the upper range of what they listed as being able to handle [well, maybe a little out of that range]. Thing of it is, I like 'performance', and so would love to sink some dough into a really high level, light weight wheel set...but as us clydes probably all know, such wheels are very exclusionary to the heavy set. "Skinny guys need only apply", thank you Mr. Zip and Mrs. Reynolds [or whomever owns those companies, j/k].
So, we spoke 'em up, and get the big guage metal wheels...and then even they break [as the mavics did on me]. Life is not fair, ha.
Ok, end of rant. Now I have two front wheels that are still good that are 'unmatched'. Simply replacing the rear won't do, cuz' of course if failed once, will surely fail again. It's mainly cosmetic I suppose, running front and back with two different wheel makes...but seems odd riding that way; and just throwing them in the closet seems like such a waste; and selling...who wants to buy just a front wheel [I guess there's a market for anything though if you know where to look; I don't].
Just for giggles, I was toying with idea of trying to build a rear wheel myself...use the hub etc off the failed rim wheels...mainly to see if I can do that [and the cost maybe just for a rim and maybe some spokes]. Both wheels lasted about a year before failing [several thousand miles], so I'd have that anyway. Just one thought.
Anyway, this mainly a rant I suppose, but wondered if other 'heavier' cyclists have come into this problem and if there are solutions I don't see. $700-$800 a pop for a new wheelset is a lot of bucks for me, especially if I must worry about another fail down the road. Just something about buying 'heavy' stuff...like I'm buying stuff for a tank rather than a sleek, high performance road buster. I guess the real match [or mismatch] is ME [ie being big ain't pretty in the cycle world]. It's the hubs; isn't that the fulcrum of the entire bike? Ah well, back to my DT 585's I guess...