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Old 07-21-14, 09:15 AM   #1
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Recommendations on a tough wheelset for my Big Dummy.

Hey All,

I am hoping to get some help on what types of wheels Big Dummy or Xtracycle riders have used that are durable.

I am running some no name XC wheels now just to get me rolling but am wanting something that can that can take the load of a cargo bike where I don't have to worry about the wheels being the weak point.

Currently I am running 26x2.4 Holy Rollers, but I'd like to save them for winter and use 2.5" Hookworms for the summer.

This may sounds a bit out there but I came across a set of center drilled 36h Large Marge's laced up to XT Disc hubs. I'd live to run these but I not sure I really want to cut off the Canti mounts for the 65mm wide rim to clear. The thought of a semi fat Big Dummy is intriguing to me.

I'm a noob so be gentle, I really appreciate the feedback.

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Old 07-21-14, 05:19 PM   #2
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Are you looking at Large Marge not the Lite? Personally I wouldnt want all that extra weight. The Dummy (at least mine) is heavy enough as it is. Maybe look towards some DH or freeride type rims. If you want to go a little fat you could look into Rabbit Holes or the Velocity Dually 26 but I think they only come in 32h. But get a good wheel builder I think you would be fine unless you are heavy and also carry very heavy loads.

My dummy is sporting Shimano XT hubs (although would have been fine with Deore) and some 36h Alex Supra BH rims. But I am only running 2.1 Big Apples.
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Old 07-22-14, 02:09 AM   #3
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48 spoke on the rear for heavy load carrying .. Aaron's in Seattle drills 16 more holes in a 32 hole Rohloff
and adds radial spokes in them and 2 cross for the original 32 holes ..
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You don't know how much load your wheels can take until you exceed the limit. I don't mean to sound flippant, but this is actually true. The cost effective way to select your wheels is to keep using yours until they prove unworthy. Don't buy replacements until your current wheels prove unworthy, which is when they fail. They may never fail.

On the other hand, if you plan to take long trips to places where you can't replace your wheels, then you should proactively replace them.
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You don't know how much load your wheels can take until you exceed the limit. I don't mean to sound flippant, but this is actually true. The cost effective way to select your wheels is to keep using yours until they prove unworthy. Don't buy replacements until your current wheels prove unworthy, which is when they fail. They may never fail.

On the other hand, if you plan to take long trips to places where you can't replace your wheels, then you should proactively replace them.
+1 I'd be tempted to get the existing wheels stress relieved and balanced. There's a good chance they'll be just fine for you if someone good does this.

If you do end up replacing them, II can recommend Sun Rino-Lyte rims. Bombproof.
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