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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You guys need to keep perspective on things. You are comparing wheels that came on a $350 (close?) complete bike to a set of wheels that probably cost $180.00.
The wheels are what they are. They are round and they roll. They are cheap. This doesn't mean they are bad, just inexpensive. They are NOT intended to be abused, and riding off a 7'0" drop on that bike is "outside the design parameters" for that bike.
If you want to do that stuff buy a heavy duty hardtail that's designed to withstand that abuse and a set of heavy duty wheels, like some Atomic Laboratories. Approx. cost for the wheelset is $550.
You gotta pay to play if you expect your gear to hold up.
You wheels have held up so far. This is probably because they are less expensive and that usually means they are heavier. Heavy = more material = (usually) more strength.
Also, your 7'0" drop may be a bit of an overexaggeration (maybe not, but "could" be).
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