Join Date: Jan 2009
Bikes: More than 1, but, less than S-1
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He's the same size as me and I've racked up thousands of miles on simple Ultegra/Mavic OpenPro's laced 36, 3x with 14 ga straight spokes.
If he's interested in going stronger than that: the following would all offer even more durability, assuming a good build, stress relief and tensioning,
Velocity Deep V's
Sun Cr18's or Rhynolites
D.T. 1.1dbl or 1.2 if 32 spokes are still fine
Any of these laced 3x or 4x cross with quality 14ga. straight or dbl butted spokes and brass nipples by knowledgable wheelsmith (they're not all equal) should be capable of providing thousands of trouble free miles to your friend. If he really wanted to, or was considering loaded touring, he could up the spoke count on the A719's or Deep V's to 40 and really should be good to go. Regardless, the quality of his wheels and subsequent experiences will be dependent upon the skill and attention of his wheel builder.
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