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Old 09-29-09, 09:41 AM   #1
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210 pound rider looking for recommendations for new wheels

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I'm currently using a set of Mavic A719 rims laced to DMR hubs with double butted spokes. 32 front, 36 rear on a DMR singlespeed hub (they used to be my 29er wheels.) I like the width of the A719s, but wish they were a little lighter, I feel they're killing me a bit in the races. I'm not hard on wheels and build my own. I realize at my weight, I can't go that light as far as rims go. It seems like the best I could do is go to a mavic open pro, which will save me over 100 grams per rim, which is good. I'm conflicted about it though, as I'm not sure at the end of the day if the weight savings will warrant the cash it will cost to build the wheels. It seems like it will cost about $220 Canadian per wheel ($80 to $100 per rim, $80 per hub, $30 spokes).

I was wondering what you guys/gals would do in my situation, and if you had any other rim recommendations. For hubs, I was thinking either an XT or Ultegra front hub, and I totally don't know for the rear. I was thinking of getting fancy and ordering sapim CX ray spokes for one of the wheels.
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I am running Roval Pave's. They are around $400 for the set for the 2010's. You can probably talk to your local Specialized shop and get the 08-09 models on closeout for $325 or so. They are built strong. I weigh 235 and these things don't even flex.
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try neuvation wheels, they are very light and durable. I'm around 200-210 and they are holding up very nicely. Just say away from the aluminum cassette body. you need steel no matter what brand you go with. this will make the wheels heavier but you'll destroy the softer aluminum.
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The open Pro rim is one of the best rims out there. They are extremely strong, and stiff. If I was looking at building a wheel the Ultegra hubs are awesome, however, if you want to save some money go with the 105 hubs. I have ridden a set of those hubs for years and I keep rebuilding the rims if needed. If you want to just go with a set of wheels prebuild, the Easton EA70s, the EA50 SL, or even the plain EA50s they are light and they will handle your weight.
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+1 for Easton wheels - I've raced circuits for years and they are amazing. I've wrecked a set of Fulcrum 5 wheels and my circuits carry on. Light and tough plus not that Eastons rebranded them as the EA70 you can find Circuits at a nice discount.
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Check out the Easton EA70X wheels. Bulletproof and tubular, the best way to go, especially for us bigger guys.
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try neuvation wheels, they are very light and durable. I'm around 200-210 and they are holding up very nicely. Just say away from the aluminum cassette body. you need steel no matter what brand you go with. this will make the wheels heavier but you'll destroy the softer aluminum.
Which neuvation rims are you using? How many spokes?
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So I'm thinking of building up the front wheel first, going with a mavic CXP 33 28 holes to a Hope pro II front hub. Should be light enough, and maybe the lightly aero rim will help cut through mud.
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