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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 12-08-11, 07:56 AM   #1
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Article on wheels for 250 pound riders

Saw this on another forum. This article has opinions from several wheel manufacturers on what wheels are appropriate for the rider who is around 250 pounds. There are a lot of things mentioned besides spoke count.
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Mavic says:

Therefore, quite honestly most heavier (250 lbs+) riders will be best served with custom built wheelsets.

For these guys and for anyone touring, especially loaded touring, we suggest building a really strong custom wheelset, with 36 or more spokes, laced 3-cross, and using a sturdy rim like the A719. A719 is the benchmark rim for the trekking and tour market (All Road). It uses all the signature Mavic technologies: SUP welding, 19mm internal width, UB Control machined braking surface, Maxtal alloy. It’s double eyeleted and super strong.
That's funny... that is literally exactly what my LBS built for my road bike. Maybe they read this
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I liked the answers from Mavic and Chris King. They were honest and basically said what conventional wisdom agrees with.
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Thanks for posting this! I've been wondering about rim depth in particular, and Reynolds agrees with what I've been suspecting:

For ride performance, we have found that the deeper rims are better for heavier riders due to the added stiffness of the carbon and the shorter spokes.
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