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Old 12-18-13, 07:00 AM   #1
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Trek Rim & Tire upgrades?

Trek 19.5 8.3 DS is the model, and the spokes that are equipped on the stock Formula DC20/22's are not really durable from my experiences . Having doing some limited research, I found that those that ride a lot of random terrain opt to a different tire and rim combo. I’d like some thoughts on what the options are and pro/cons to those available options.

Ideally I ride throughout the city (30+ miles weather permitting 2-4 times a week) with the occasional offroad rough terrain when and where I can (10+ miles at a time maybe twice a month) . If I could find something that doesn’t hinder rolling resistance much but can take a beating (abrupt shocking to rim/tire, running over the typical city debris) I could justify budgeting for it within reason.
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Old 12-18-13, 07:13 AM   #2
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Those wheels appear to be pretty sturdy. Are you breaking spokes? If you aren't really huge they should be fine with proper tension. Maybe tell us what problems you've had and your weight.
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Why do you complain about spokes and then talk about changing out your rim? Are you using the word "rim" to mean "wheel"?
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Looking at the bike and the wheels and tires that come with it, I think you have what you need. Depending on weight, but many times a machine built wheel like this can be improved considerably by taking it to a bike shop and having it rebuilt. Basically having it re-trued and retensioned. I think for this bike, I'd probably keep the tires that came on it. Looks pretty good for the application the bike is designed. If I was doing a lot of off roading where these tires weren't sufficient, I'd get a mountain bike.
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Old 12-18-13, 10:37 AM   #5
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If your budget is large you can buy really nice hubs and rims and have them hand built.

but no miracles , the muscles have to do the work to get to speed ..


for now be mindful that the tires stay inflated to their best ,
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I've had the bike warrantied out for rear and front spokes at least 3 times (paid out of pocket) and then had the wheels reconditioned (paid for this too out of pocket). Still had spokes snapping at the hub so the certified LBS contacted Trek and they put a set of new wheels on (reusing axles and rubber) but Trek covered this expense. Then not to long after that, a rear spoke broke.
I am 220 on my worst day, 210 normally.

I may just find some aftermarket stuff to try out now that my warranty is 100% lapsed. What kind of price tag would I be looking at for a set of wheels, complete typically?
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Well, in that case, I'd recommend that you work with your bike shop to get them to build you a set of wheels that would work for your weight and the type of riding you want to do.

You could also go with something like this: http://bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/MTB...-XT-6Bolt.html

Built for a 29er mountain bike so would be plenty strong, take any size tire you want and is fairly cheap. Should work fine with your bike.
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