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Should I look for a new wheelset?

Old 03-29-16, 11:06 AM
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Should I look for a new wheelset?

I've been in the market for a new (used) steel framed road bike. There's a 2012 Jamis Quest available locally that I'm going to look at later this week. From the Jamis specs, the wheels are:

Ritchey Comp Zeta
20 hole (front)
24 hole (rear)
24mm rim profile
DT spokes (no size given)

I'm 5'7", 230 lbs (Dropping fast. I will be under 175 by fall).

Those 20 and 24 spoke wheels have me concerned. Should I be? The bike won't be ridden on anything but pavement, which is in pretty good shape where I live.
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Old 03-29-16, 11:27 AM
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It really depends on the state of the used wheels, how/where you ride and how fast you are dropping weight.

If the wheels are in great shape, you ride light on smoothish roads and the weight is flying off, these wheels will likely be fine.

Change any of those variables and its up in the air. Basically, ride them and if/when you have an issue, then spend more money.
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I think you will be fine on 20/24 if on mostly Paved only.

My tubeless stans wheels were 20/24 and I've beat the daylights out of them both on and off road w/ 25c tires. I've only broke 2 spokes (front) in probably 6k miles on them.

Get the bike/frameset you want and fits. Wheels can be changed out later if you find that you're breaking spokes every month.
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Originally Posted by Carson Dyle View Post
I've been in the market for a new (used) steel framed road bike. There's a 2012 Jamis Quest available locally that I'm going to look at later this week. From the Jamis specs, the wheels are:

Ritchey Comp Zeta
20 hole (front)
24 hole (rear)
24mm rim profile
DT spokes (no size given)

I'm 5'7", 230 lbs (Dropping fast. I will be under 175 by fall).

Those 20 and 24 spoke wheels have me concerned. Should I be? The bike won't be ridden on anything but pavement, which is in pretty good shape where I live.
My advice is to ride them until they start failing. If you start breaking spokes and having your wheels go out of true, then those are clear signs that your wheelset isn't holding up.
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Old 03-29-16, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
My advice is to ride them until they start failing. If you start breaking spokes and having your wheels go out of true, then those are clear signs that your wheelset isn't holding up.
+1 I was at your weight and rode low spoke count wheels for years with no issues.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
My advice is to ride them until they start failing. If you start breaking spokes and having your wheels go out of true, then those are clear signs that your wheelset isn't holding up.
+1 to that.

Depends on your riding. Flat paved nice riding you should be fine. City pot hole gravel abuse - probably not fine.
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Old 03-31-16, 08:05 AM
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it'll be fine, just don't go jumping curbs and potholes
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