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    Pulled the trigger on a Trek 7500 hybrid..need stronger wheels

    First time poster..long time lurker. I purchased a 2010 Trek 7500 20" hybrid off a friend who didnt want it, its barely been ridden and i got it for 600, not too shabby! I love the bike, but would like to upgrade the wheels to more stronger ones.
    Reason being..I like to do wheelies! Im a fairly decent size guy 6'1 215, but on my way to 200 minus I just dont like the feel the Bontrager SS wheels, they feel fragile to me. The front wheel is already running out some, not sure if I did it though. I was looking at the Mavic Ksyrium Sl or the Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels. I read these wheels are "bombproof". I mostly ride on bumpy city streets and paved bike paths, and rarely a dirt trail. The bike does have a modest fork suspension which seems to absorb most of the shock from a wheelie. Will these wheels hold true from occasional wheelies? Also can I use my 32mm tires on these rims? They suggest 28's but wonder if 32's will work.
    Or any other suggestions? Thanks for creating a great forum!
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    Wheelies on your 7.5? I would never do wheelies on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygen View Post
    First time poster..long time lurker. I purchased a 2010 Trek 7500 20" hybrid off a friend who didnt want it, its barely been ridden and i got it for 600, not too shabby! I love the bike, but would like to upgrade the wheels to more stronger ones.
    Reason being..I like to do wheelies!
    With all due respect, it might be better to use the 7500 for your original purpose-and find a sturdier steed for popping wheelies...

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    Mavic Ksyrium S, and a little less air in the front, a little more in the rear. Wheelie away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    Mavic Ksyrium S, and a little less air in the front, a little more in the rear. Wheelie away.
    OK cool, thats what I wanted to hear. Can I put 32mm on these rims or is 28 the max?

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    Those are very expensive road racing wheels, not designed for tricks and a poor choice for your intended use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Those are very expensive road racing wheels, not designed for tricks and a poor choice for your intended use.
    Yea I know, but Im not concerned about the money, Im just looking for a tough rim that can handle some good city bumps and a few wheelies here and there and not worry about them bending. I dont mind spending good money for high quality products. Call me kookie. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygen View Post
    Yea I know, but Im not concerned about the money, Im just looking for a tough rim that can handle some good city bumps and a few wheelies here and there and not worry about them bending. I dont mind spending good money for high quality products. Call me kookie. ;-)
    What about the rest of what he said?

    These are not the wheels you want. Wider rims made for touring, off road riding,, etc would be more appropriate ("more" is key).

    Why spend $1000 on inappropriate wheels when, for the same money, you could get a decent complete mountain bike that would be able to handle your "wheelie" obsession?

    Mavic says 28mm max (but this isn't an exact thing).

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    Yeah you guys are right, I guess I will invest in a different bike for my wheelie obsession, thanks for making me realize how ridiculous I sounded, hehe. but then back to my original topic, what is a good solid upgrade to the bontrager SSR wheels that will accept a 32mm tire? thanks again ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygen View Post
    Yeah you guys are right, I guess I will invest in a different bike for my wheelie obsession, thanks for making me realize how ridiculous I sounded, hehe. but then back to my original topic, what is a good solid upgrade to the bontrager SSR wheels that will accept a 32mm tire? thanks again ;-)
    Note that you didn't make the suggestion.

    Are you really sure you need different wheels? If you aren't doing anything unusual (like wheelies), they might be OK. You aren't that heavy.

    I have wheels using Mavic A319 rims (A719 are better but more expensive). These take tires from 28-50mm.

    32 (or 36) spokes is probably what you should look at.

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    Why not just buy a bmx bike instead? No offense

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    i do willies all the time on my road bikes just let them down easy

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