Put together my Xtracycle project yesterday, and wow, just wow... I get all kinds of attention and questions from people about it... I put it on an old Madwagon MTB frame from the mid-90's... I had universal cycles build me up the bomb-proof wheelset as follows...
Salsa Gordo triple box/wall hoops. 40 spoke front wheel, 48 Spoke rear wheel
Shimano Tandem bike hubs
DT Swiss super comp spokes
Continental Town/country tires
Few people can say that they have overloaded their xtracycle to the breaking point. The most common faliure is the rear wheel.( understandably) Xtracycle undersells their product with a max load of 350lbs... I shattered that tonight. My buddy Ryan was "surfing" the snapdeck on back, and we took a little tour of downtown. I'm 325, and he's 215... Add to that the 45lbs of cargo already in the freeloaders... Yeah, more than a quarter ton of weight... (creeping up on 600lbs! ) Gave rides to two drunk chicks(I work at a brewery/pub) on the first night I had it! (Got one phone number ) Our xtracycle hijinks were visible by quite a few people at their dinner tables, and it created quite a stir in the resteraunt. Everybody got a kick out of it, and we were cheered on by nearly every pedestrian we passed...
Anybody who has thought about these should definetly follow through. It handles great, and is a breeze to load up even the most akward crap... RIDE ON!!!