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Old 06-16-10, 08:50 PM
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What wheel would you recommend for me?

Hi there

I'm planing of assembling new road bike for commuting. Wonder if you can recommend me which wheels to buy.

Budget is less than $200 for both front and rear. I need durable ones for my bulky body (210lbs/95kg). I do not really care about weight cuz anyway I'm heavy. (Can anyone tell me how not to be hungry after riding bicycle? lol)

I'm thinking of getting "Miche Race Clincher" at Wiggle or "Shimano WH-R500" at shop (Now I live in Japan). Which would be great deal? or would you recommend me other wheels? I really should try hard to raise my budget a bit for well known wheels such as Fullcrum Racing7" or Mavic Aksium?

Thanks for reading and best regards

FYI...Here's my future bike's construction
<Frame... TNI Aluminum>
<Compos...Shimano105>
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Old 06-16-10, 09:06 PM
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Heavy rider + commuting...Mavic A319/105 hub with 32 h...$190.

Cheaper CXP22/2200 hub with 32 h will also do the job @ $135.

https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=73

https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=28
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Originally Posted by BulkyRider View Post
Hi there

I'm planing of assembling new road bike for commuting. Wonder if you can recommend me which wheels to buy.

Budget is less than $200 for both front and rear. I need durable ones for my bulky body (210lbs/95kg). I do not really care about weight cuz anyway I'm heavy. (Can anyone tell me how not to be hungry after riding bicycle? lol)

I'm thinking of getting "Miche Race Clincher" at Wiggle or "Shimano WH-R500" at shop (Now I live in Japan). Which would be great deal? or would you recommend me other wheels? I really should try hard to raise my budget a bit for well known wheels such as Fullcrum Racing7" or Mavic Aksium?

Thanks for reading and best regards

FYI...Here's my future bike's construction
<Frame... TNI Aluminum>
<Compos...Shimano105>
Your budget is unrealistic for the riding and loading you plan on doing. You'll want at the very least a handbuilt rear on a stron grim. Like furbali said a a319 or an a719 on a 105 hub at the very least. Do not get the R500's or the Miche Race clinchers.
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The budget will depend on the local pricing. Around here I can buy a perfectly nice set of machine made wheels off Ebay for about $140. In fact I did and they are on my commuter/grocery getter and have been doing fine for over a year now. They are nothing fancy, just a basic set of XT hubs with Alex rims held on with straight guage spokes but other than some de-stressting and slight truing I gave them before mounting them they have not needed any attention since that time. And I'm no lightweight either. I tip the scales at around 200 lbs in riding gear. And you're not much heavier than that. Maybe you are large by the local standards but don't think that the wheels can't hold you up without a special build.

For commuting just avoid the low spoke count wheels. Stick with a 32 spoke regular wheel and with a little care and attention they will be fine for years to come.
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Originally Posted by furballi View Post
Heavy rider + commuting...Mavic A319/105 hub with 32 h...$190.

Cheaper CXP22/2200 hub with 32 h will also do the job @ $135.

https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=73

https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=28
Thanks for recommendation.

Well, here in Japan, ppl also say I should get mavic, but I wasn't really sure cuz they're like Di Luca or Contador, and I'm more closer to NBA players (I have almost same height and weight as Jason Kidd actually). I'll consider to get wheels from here, too.

Again thanks
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Old 06-17-10, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Your budget is unrealistic for the riding and loading you plan on doing. You'll want at the very least a handbuilt rear on a stron grim. Like furbali said a a319 or an a719 on a 105 hub at the very least. Do not get the R500's or the Miche Race clinchers.
Sometimes seeking for cheap ones goes nothing but waste of money, just like getting small shoes...Maybe in this case as well. I'll save some money for beer to get reliable wheels. It will be wiser choice in total, I guess. Thanks
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Old 06-17-10, 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
The budget will depend on the local pricing. Around here I can buy a perfectly nice set of machine made wheels off Ebay for about $140. In fact I did and they are on my commuter/grocery getter and have been doing fine for over a year now. They are nothing fancy, just a basic set of XT hubs with Alex rims held on with straight guage spokes but other than some de-stressting and slight truing I gave them before mounting them they have not needed any attention since that time. And I'm no lightweight either. I tip the scales at around 200 lbs in riding gear. And you're not much heavier than that. Maybe you are large by the local standards but don't think that the wheels can't hold you up without a special build.

For commuting just avoid the low spoke count wheels. Stick with a 32 spoke regular wheel and with a little care and attention they will be fine for years to come.
Thanks for your useful and simple tips. I'll pay more attention on numbers of spoke

Yepp I'm classified as crazily tall guy in here with my 6.4ft height. Everything is so small here. Most of popular bicycle brands like TREK or GIANT, do NOT offer frame for my size. Damn...

Anyway, again, thank
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for increased durability more spokes are great, like 32, 36, or even 48spokes (found on tandems)

I commute on my road bike with mavic open pro and 36 spokes on older 7400 dura-ace hubs. No truing was needed in two years.

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Old 06-17-10, 06:23 AM
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I agree totally with spending a bit more for a reliable wheel and absolutely not going below 32 spokes. I would recommend 36 if you want a more reliable wheel. The extra weight is absolutely irrelevant when you consider total weight of rider plus bike, you will be less likely to break spokes, if one does break it has less of an effect, and it is easier to true as the wheel ages due to the spokes being closer together on the rim.
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Old 06-17-10, 07:40 AM
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Noobs tend to gravitate to flashy wheels with low spoke count. A well-built 32 or 36 h wheel will last at least 25K miles as long as you don't bounce it off the curb at 20 mph.
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Finally, I think I'll get [Shimano 105hubs + Mavic Open Sport + DT Swiss 2mm brass Spokes] wheels. My friend introduced me wheel builder and he told me it would be $220 in total. In addtion, currently Yen is strong so really reasonable deal!

Thank you guys. I'm really happy

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Old 06-17-10, 09:17 AM
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FYI, the Open Pro is not as strong as the A319 set. Even with shipping, the A319 is a much better buy than the feather-weight Open Pro! Always ask to see the work of this wheel builder before you spend any $. Good wheel building technique is the key to a long-lasting wheel.

BWW puts out very nice wheels...not as good as mine, but then I take about 1 day to build...it's a hobby. Course I could never compete with BWW on price.
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I commuted for a bunch of miles on some wheels I built up with Open Pro rims. They may be light but by sticking with the 32 spoke option that I used they were very durable even when used with some lift and unload for hopping up curbs, which I did a lot. I was running them with 25mm tires as well. It was a good combo. But note that as with ANY road tire and rim combo it's imperative that for big potholes, sticks or curbs that you want to lift the front and then lean forward to unload the rear when going over that sort of stuff. Or at LEAST to stand up and let the bike float under you if something surprises you. If you ride into something like that while seated and arms locked fairly rigid the wheels and rims will see a big amount of extra load to move both you AND the bike and damage is more likely than if you're balanced on the pedals with flexible arms.
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I've had Open Pro. Currently running Open Sport...wider rim translates to a slightly wider contact patch. Durability after 3K miles appears to be on par with Open Pro. This is a good rim for use on fat 700c tires.

A319 is quite a bit heavier, but is much more resistant to pothole damages.

Bought the Open Sport because Jensen and Performance did not carry the A319 or Sun CR-18 (price-matched for local pickup). Sun CR-18 is another gem. Not sure if the mfr still carry the polished CR-18. Price in the US is around $25. It's heavier and stronger than the Open Pro.

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anyway, either 36 or 32, the build is the key of good wheels (same tension, trued, stress relieved spokes etc).
I can see the OP talks about Open Sport which is in my opinion a little less desirable than Open Pro. Yet I've been builing strong wheels even on Remerx Taurus (a 10$ rim), but I would still get the open pro instead of open sport and with 36 spokes (with 36 spokes the only problems is finding good hubs with 36 spokes)
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A319 had too wide rim width to me. I mean, in case I lose weight and felt like to use narrower tire like 23c. I want it to be 36, and then for open pro, they are out of stock. That's kinda why I'm going for Open Sport.

Thanks for tips about shock absorbing too, BCRider....

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