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Trek 2.1 Low spoke count for someone @ 250lbs

Old 09-18-10, 04:49 AM
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Trek 2.1 Low spoke count for someone @ 250lbs

Hi all,

i'm going back on forth between buying a trek 7.3fx or a trek 2.1. I can get either bike for $700. The 2.1 is a used 2008 model.

I'm worried about the low spoke count and my weight on the 2.1. Any advice?

Here's the link to the info on the 2.1
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I rode something similar on my old Trek 1500 all the way from 260lbs to my current weight of about 210. They never failed me.

They did, however- require a truing job every now and then.

After enough hack truing jobs by me and my LBS, the spoke tension got way out of whack and the drive side spoke eyelets started to crack on the rear rim.

Got it replaced under warranty with an even better rear wheel- same low spoke count, but aero spokes, fancy hub, and eyeletted rims. Served me fine until I sold the bike this spring.
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I rode low count spokes when I was around your weight, but that was passing through as I dropped weight. If you have good quality wheels and ride on good surfaces I think you will do ok. Between your two choices I'd ride both and see what you are happier with since they are different styles of bikes. If you like the 2.1 get it and ride it. If the tires need replacing then you can get a higher spoke count, but you will have a bike that you like rather then a bike with high count spoke wheels that you put up with instead.
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There is a good chance you will not have any problems, provided you are careful about where you ride, etc..

If you sell those and get a set of Tiagra hubs with good rims and 32 properly tensioned spokes and sturdy rims you will have to be much less careful about where and how you ride, and you can just "ride."

(Me: 260 -270 lbs, Atomic (joytech) hubs with alex rims, 32 14 ga. spokes, several thousand kms per year on rough paved and dirt roads, no problems)
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I ride a trek 2.1, I got it at about 285 and am now 265. I have put about 700 miles on it. I had the back wheel retensioned after 100ish miles because it was a little out of true. Haven't needed anything since. I ride the bike hard and am not really careful about avoiding things. $700 for a trek 2.1 is a great deal. Is the bike new? If so the wheels have a 5 year warranty ride them like you stole them and get them replaced as needed. I have been very happy with the 2.1 all in all.
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pretty sure trek road bikes are rated for 275. go for it @ that price
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Don't worry about the wheels. Do, ride the new bike for a couple hundred miles then take the wheels to a skilled wheel builder and have the spokes tensioned properly and re-trued and they should last many thousands of trouble free miles.
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Thanks guys, i picked up the 2.1 yesterday. The bike was cherry. Guy even through in a good pump, helmet, cycle computer, bag and even the wall mount to hang it in the garage.

I didn't need the helmet, but still a good deal at $750.
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and how the heck do you find a goold wheel builder? I'm pretty sure if you ask your LBS they will say they have the best one
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Originally Posted by HazeT
and how the heck do you find a good wheel builder? I'm pretty sure if you ask your LBS they will say they have the best one
Word of mouth in your area is probably the easiest way. If you go into your lbs you can ask if they actually tension the spokes. That's the key. If they just want to true up the wheel then they really don't know what they are doing. They should have a tension meter to measure the tension on each spoke. There are some people who can tell the proper tension just on sound but they've typically been doing it for many years. Someone like that will have a well known reputation for building good wheels.
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Originally Posted by Homeyba
Word of mouth in your area is probably the easiest way. If you go into your lbs you can ask if they actually tension the spokes. That's the key. If they just want to true up the wheel then they really don't know what they are doing. They should have a tension meter to measure the tension on each spoke. There are some people who can tell the proper tension just on sound but they've typically been doing it for many years. Someone like that will have a well known reputation for building good wheels.
I have a local guy who builds my wheels (and has been doing it since the 80s) and while he will occasionaly do things by feel, when push comes to shove on my wheels (and I weight 250) he will pop out the tensionometer. I recently was riding a wheel that he built, hit a pothole at 25 which was hard enough to put a dent in the rim that made it un rideable, but the wheel was still mostly true.

the low spoke count Bonty/Trek wheels may feel noodlely when you stand up and hammer them.
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