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Old 03-30-15, 06:37 AM
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Wheels for 350lb rider?

Thank you for reading!

I have a 2012 Trek Marlin hard tail 29er. I obviously have no concern for the weight of wheel. I only ride trails and streets. I need a strong wheel, any suggestions?

even better if I can order them on Amazon
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Have you had problems with the wheels yet like going out of true or broke spokes? If not, don't worry about it. Even if you do break a spoke or the wheel goes out of true after a few thousand miles, don't worry about it. These things happen to everyone.
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Originally Posted by Aj60
Thank you for reading!

I have a 2012 Trek Marlin hard tail 29er. I obviously have no concern for the weight of wheel. I only ride trails and streets. I need a strong wheel, any suggestions?

even better if I can order them on Amazon
Honestly, there are not many good wheels on Amazon. I don't have any experience with 29er wheels (as I don't have a 29er), but I've had good luck with wheels purchased from Velomine, which are usually the lowest cost:

29er Wheelsets Velomine.com : Worldwide Bicycle Shop, fixed gear track bike wheelsets campagnolo super record vintage bike

If you want me to pick a wheel from there for a 350lb rider, maybe the Velocity Chukkers? $179 for the wheelset with Deore hubs.
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Much of the quality of a wheel is in the build.
Even spoke tension being the primary factor.

One could buy a wheel on Amazon etc. (with quality parts) and then have a wheel builder properly tension the spokes.
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Unless you are having problems, you don't need to rush.

I have thousands of miles on the stock wheels on my Giant Sedona, at weights from 310-365 and have had one spoke pop in 10 years. I also usually carry 10-20 pounds of "just in case" items because I am paranoid of having to walk over 5 miles to the nearest road when on my favorite rail trail.

If you really want wheels, check out a site like CUSTOM HAND BUILT BICYCLE WHEELS Built By Professionals - Prowheelbuider.com and get exactly what you want/need, you will spend more, but the peace of mind is worth it. I ordered a set of 26" wheels for my riding in remote areas because I wanted bullet-proof wheels at my age to avoid the walking mentioned above, but I could have probably done fine on the stock wheels for a few more years (they have done fine for over 10 years).
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Wheels made for tandem bikes are made extra strong. That might be an option.
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Unless you are starting to ride singletrack you should be fine with the stock wheels. I don't know what your budget is, but I have a set of Stan's Flow EX with Hope 2 Pro Evo hubs. I ride off road with them at 370# and they do okay. I got them on Wiggle.com
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Thanks everyone! I've busted three spokes to date (two on same ride) and I've heard it gets worse and worse, so three years. I'm a beginner bike mechanic, and able to change my own spokes. After reading your reviews, maybe I should just roll with the punches. I just don't want to change spokes every month, or does everyone do this? Or, if I could build my own wheel, what components should get the most money?
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I would look at someone like Rich Lesnik of Rivendell Bicycle Works or Peter White for a custom wheelset. I was 360 when I got my wheels and I wanted to stay local but I couldn't find a single reference to the quality of wheels built by local bike shops. How many wheels does a typical LBS mechanic build in a year? I doubt is a big number. Rich and Peter literally build wheels for a living. It's all they do and both specialize in heavy duty wheels that will take a pounding.
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Originally Posted by Aj60
Thanks everyone! I've busted three spokes to date (two on same ride) and I've heard it gets worse and worse, so three years. I'm a beginner bike mechanic, and able to change my own spokes. After reading your reviews, maybe I should just roll with the punches. I just don't want to change spokes every month, or does everyone do this?
I was busting spokes every month and replacing them, and that gets old pretty fast. A new wheel with a stronger rim and higher spoke count fixed the issue for me.
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If you start to transition to more road-like bikes a lot of riders here seem to like Velocity. Deep V and Dyad seem to be popular suggestions.

There's a 32 spoke Deep V wheelset on Amazon. I'm not sure how good the entire package is and 32 spoke may still be a bit too few. I'm betting a local bike shop can help. They probably have a guy that specializes in wheel building and can tell you what cheap options work. But for now it seems like your stock wheels work. That is just when you are getting ready for road or hybrid style bikes in the future (unless you want to mountain bike).

Edit: Also stock wheels on my Trek Shift 4 never complained to me when I was 350ish. They held air fine. Stayed true. No spoke breaks. And I probably rode pretty heavily including jumping curbs, gravel, and riding 2 hours+ at a stretch. I can't imagine that stock wheels on a mountain bike would be any weaker than a comfort bike.

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Originally Posted by ChrisZog
If you start to transition to more road-like bikes a lot of riders here seem to like Velocity. Deep V and Dyad seem to be popular suggestions.

There's a 32 spoke Deep V wheelset on Amazon. I'm not sure how good the entire package is and 32 spoke may still be a bit too few.
Velomine has 36 spoke Deep Vs. This is what I run on my bike (with Ultegra hubs I paid about $280). Too narrow for a 29er. Nice for a road bike though.
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