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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 01-11-10, 09:38 PM   #1
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ride single wall rims?

Anyone here ride single wall rims with success despite their weight? I am 220 and plan to do city commute, the lbs said that double wall is a must. Is this true? If so what do you recommend?
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Old 01-11-10, 09:41 PM   #2
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I ride these: 10,000 miles, no problems, 200 lb+ rider.
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Do they still sell single wall? (EDIT: Having just seen the post above, apparently they do.)

I definitely wouldn't buy a set of single wall wheels, but if that's what you've got on your bike as it is, it's probably OK to keep riding them until a) you taco them beyond repair, or b) you find yourself having to true them often enough that you get frustrated.

A good set of double wall rims will be more durable, and stay truer longer, so whether you want to make that investment now and save yourself the hassle, or whether you just want to play it by ear and purchase them if/when needed, is entirely up to you.
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Well built single wall rims seem to last a long time. I've a front wheel with a 105 hub, straight 14 gauge spokes and 36 hole, fairly unattractive Araya single wall rims. That thing stays true as can be and rides great.

I recommend not going out of one's way to get single wall rims, but don't discount them.

Are you looking for 700c or 26" wheels? If you're looking for budget 700c wheels, I'd just shop around for a good price on something with CXP22 or CXP33 rims.

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Old 01-12-10, 08:08 AM   #5
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I successfully rode stock single wall rims on my first mountain bike (07 Raliegh Mojave 2.0) while I was 245lbs. The front rim lasted 300 miles before it tacoed (totally my fault) and the rear lasted until I sold the bike at 1200 miles. In my opionion, they are fine so long as you keep them reasonably true and have them retentioned after a couple hundred miles.

I think your bike shop is tring to upsell you into a more expensive bicycle. If you are looking at entry level bikes I humbly suggest you buy as much bike as you can upfront. Upgrading as time goes on is expensive and a lesson in dimishing returns.
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So far, so good. I am now around 260, but have been on Alex single wall rims back when I was near 300 on my mountain bike, jumping curbs like I was half my size. Still OK.
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Could just be me but I'd put 26 mtb wheels in a different class than 700c wheels as far as durability especially it you compare road riding to offroading. MTB rims are shorter and more stout. But that's just me.

Alos, the front wheel, different class. Doesn't take as much abuse as the rear. But agian, that's just me!

As far as the shop dude, I'd listen and go with a good well known strong rim. Tooo many big people discount good suggestions then end up with wheel problems and wonder why they can't just 'enjoy' the ride!
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If you run a larger tire, such as a 700 x 28 or larger, you should be OK.

I would not buy one. The double-walled Mavic Open Sport or Sun CR18 are great quality at a great price.
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It's not a must, but with the relative light weight and added durability of a double walled rim there's no reason not to go with them if you have the money for them.
If it's a matter of a particular bike having stock single-wall rims, talk to the LBS and see what sort of price deal they're willing to work out for a wheel swap.

When I bought my Cross Check Complete and asked for a bunch of part substitutions, my LBS gave me an itemized receipt of new part costs and stock part trade values.
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Well, I'm pretty sure the 26 inch wheels that came on my old Fuji hybrid are single wall and have done an admirable job of holding me up, even when I was over 260. However, I don't think wheels are a component you want to be compromising on if you don't have to, and since your lbs is probably the same as mine I'd say don't disregard their advice - those guys usually know what they're talking about. Getting a new ride or upgrading components?
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They used to make some pretty fine single walled rims and these were used for everything... modern single walled rims tend to be entry level parts and don't compare to something like the Super Champion or some of the Ukai rims.

My friend is 240 and rides an SS I built for him... it is running Ukai single walled wheels and the bike has taken a pounding and the wheels are still true. These are tough rims and although I never built these wheels I did a thorough job of tuning them up.

Araya single walled rims tend to be really decent... I have built a lot of wheels with them and had no failures.

If you can afford it I'd go with a double walled and eyeletted rim as if you are going to build up or order a wheel the extra money is going to be well spent and the difference in price will not be that excessive.
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