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Old 10-22-11, 07:59 AM
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Seems like OP has a sense of what causes spoke/rim failures.

At 75 kg (165 lbs) you'll be fine on even fewer spokes, depending on the rim. I use an 18/24 set of wheels (HED Bastogne, now named some Ardennes thing), 23c tires, weight from 155-175+. I usually don't bend rims so I have some knowledge on how to ride, but I don't go easy on my wheels. I did probably 3k miles on them in 2010, half that in 2011.

I rode 18/20 wheels (but aero profile - DV46 clinchers and tubulars) at 180-200 lbs, did break one spoke in a front, one in a rear, and was okay on them for a couple years. They're still going strong 2 years later, one under a teammate (175-185), another under various other teammates (similar weights).
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