NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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I'm a bigun too, and I've had a pair of x317's, however, they were my race wheels ONLY, I'd suggest for anyone over 200 to stay away from them for anything where you might even think of catching some air. The rhinolites are good, and yeah, a wider rim = fatter tire (CAPACITY), you can run some thin tires on those rims without any issues. Like a 1.95 would be fine.
I'm running a D321 rim on my bike (FREERIDE), but I do a lot of long trails between the technical areas of my local trails. I find a 2.1 tire a good balance between long straight stretches and some technical rocky drops.
The benefit of a wider rim is the ability to run a wider tire, even up to a 2.75 or even some 3.0 if your frame can accomodate a tire that wide.
As a fellow clydesdale, there are some mantra's I go by:
Want a light bike? Forget about that extra piece of pizza first!
If it's light, it WILL break!
Go Big or Stay home!
Chicks dig scars!
Lightweight = expensive = two jobs = no time to ride!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger