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what wheels do any of you 200+ lbs riders use

Old 05-06-10, 07:35 AM
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what wheels do any of you 200+ lbs riders use

Before it is said, yes I did a search and didn't find as much info as I would like. Also yes I looked in the clydes forum but they also talk about mountain bikes, I specificly want road bike input. Anyway I am 240# on my way back down to around 200 where I normally am , have a 2007 Tarmac S works with Mavic open pros laced to Chris King 28 spoke hubs front and back. They are great wheels and make a lovely sound while coasting. I don't race but was wondering if I would benifit from a lower spoke count lighter wheel or would I be just asking for problems and throwing money out the window. I'm a pretty smooth rider and the roads arent that bad where I ride. Long story short what are you 200+ lb riders using and have you had problems with them ( high or low spoke count, hand built, brand etc) Any input would be great
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Originally Posted by njmtbr
Before it is said, yes I did a search and didn't find as much info as I would like. Also yes I looked in the clydes forum but they also talk about mountain bikes, I specificly want road bike input. Anyway I am 240# on my way back down to around 200 where I normally am , have a 2007 Tarmac S works with Mavic open pros laced to Chris King 28 spoke hubs front and back. They are great wheels and make a lovely sound while coasting. I don't race but was wondering if I would benifit from a lower spoke count lighter wheel or would I be just asking for problems and throwing money out the window. I'm a pretty smooth rider and the roads arent that bad where I ride. Long story short what are you 200+ lb riders using and have you had problems with them ( high or low spoke count, hand built, brand etc) Any input would be great
You have in my opinion low spoke wheels already considering your weight.
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Mavic CXP10 on 32h 600 hubs with dbl butted 14g spokes....old but STOUT
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240 lb here. I ride Mavic CXP33 rims... 32 spokes in the front, laced radially; 32 spokes in the back in 3x. The spokes are DT Comp 2.0/1.8 and the hubs are Dura Ace 7900. These things are about as solid as they come, though not the lightest rims. I don't think I'd feel comfortable on less than 28 front/32 rear unless I was under 190 lb.. You'll be much better served by shaving pounds off of you rather than grams from your wheels.
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@ 240#, removing any more spokes than you have is asking for trouble IMO, with very little potential gain.
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@ 240#, removing any more spokes than you have is asking for trouble IMO, with very little potential gain.
I was thinking the same thing I guess I just needed to hear someone else say it also
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Mavic Open Pro and Campy Khamsin. Both have been great for me @ 200#.
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I weigh 240 and ride 32H Open Pros with Ultegra hubs.
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I'm 6'4 and 270 and I ride the stock 32 spoke wheels that came with my Raleigh Sport. I was really nervous about riding the rough roads in downtown Tampa with my friend once, but the wheels survived unscathed. Most of the time I'm on the bike path where the roads are considerably smoother and I have yet to experience any problems.
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250# here, I agree with the "28 hole is already too low" sentiment.

My main wheels are 32 hole DT RR 1.1 rims, Mavic 571/2 hubs, and 28c Rivendell RoughyToughy's. Wheels are laced three cross, 14/15 up front with brass nipples, 14/15 non-drive rear, 14 drive side, brass nipples. I build my own wheels and have yet to have a failure.

"fun" wheels are pretty much the same as above, but with Mavic Reflex Pro rims and Clement Campionato del Mondo tubs.
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I was given a Mavic K Elite rec by Bothell Bike and Ski. One of their buyers weighed 300 pounds and was happy. I was 230. These babies have done 7000 mi without need for any spoke-tension adjustment/truing so far, 18 radial spokes front, 20 crossed in the back. 1500 gms. Very nice clyde-tolerant durable decently lightweight wheels.
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6'3", 225lbs - I replaced my stock Shimano wheels with Neuvation M28 Aeros almost a year ago. I've had no problems with them other than a cracked rim as a result of a crash, which they replaced for free under their crash protection program (well worth the extra $20). They are probably not super light compared to some other wheels, but they are fairly sturdy and they didn't cost a small fortune if I happen to trash them. They are actually running a sale on wheels right now it looks like.
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keep what you got and reward yourself with a lighter wheelset when you make your target weight. I love my Easton Ea90sl's i got. I am riding at 190-195 now.

On second thought, you ride a really nice wheelset now, I am sure most people on here would love to ride Chris King Hubs
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6'2", 200 - riding the Mavic Open Sports w/ Specialized hubs that came stock with my Roubaix. I've been considering new wheels as well - contacted Psimet who has some interesting ideas. Also considering Open Pros with Ultegra.

Any thoughts, BFers?
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I'm 6'6" tall and 215 lbs and I ride the following three wheels.

Mavic open pro 36 hole for winter riding. Good for deep snow and slush and can stand bumps and ruddering. These rims generally last just one season as the breaking surface tends to fail from the wet riding.

Felt TTR 2 24 hole aluminum rims. The came with my good road bike and I'm surprised to see over 15000 km without even going out of true.

Ea 90 sl 28 hole with PT slc+ hub. Theses wheels were chosen for compatibility with the PT hub. I hope they stand up.
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I love my Open Pros. Did not think I would be able to tell a difference between them and the stock Alex rims on my Trek 1200, but I can. Moved the Alex rims over to my old Falcon of England, where they are a vast improvement over the old Arayas with Maillard hubs that were on it.
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I was 220lbs (now at 204) and have been running Neuvation M28 Aero rims for a few years now with no issues. I have a few thousand miles on them and they have not needed to be trued. The back finally has a ever so slight wobble but hardly worth bringing it in to the LBS for trueing.
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I was 240 once and 28h sounds fine. Wait until you get to / closer to your target weight, then go shopping.
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Originally Posted by njmtbr
I'm a pretty smooth rider and the roads arent that bad where I ride.
Whenever people say things like this, I think: Do you really want to ride on the edge of your wheelset to such a degree that bad roads are going to push your wheels to the brink?
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Ok I suggest the neuvations

I bought the 1500 gram clincher alums and they are freaking awesome, fast, light and nice and quiet. i have weighed as much as 212 and have had nothing but great experiences with them
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Whenever people say things like this, I think: Do you really want to ride on the edge of your wheelset to such a degree that bad roads are going to push your wheels to the brink?
I think he meant that he is light on his equipment. For example, I ride with a guy who I have about 60 pounds on, and he is much harder on his gear than I am. He just doesn't get how to "unweight" going over bumps, cracks, RR rails, sticks, etc. Or how to avoid those things in the first place. He is a very fast rider (cat 2 racer), but no one would use the word "finesse" or "smooth" to describe his riding.

I weigh 210 and ride 32 hole Open Pros laced to some GT hubs (King knock offs) or Fulcrum Racing 3s. No problems so far.
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At 210-215 lbs, my commuter bike has CXP33s laced to Ultegra hubs, 14g double-butted, 32h front and 36h rear. They're bombproof and support my weight and the panniers and all the lights and their batteries quite well.

My road bike runs Neuvation M28 Aero 3s. The front is fine even at just 16 spokes, but I'm stressing the 20 spokes on the rear hard. The wheelset probably has over 4,000 miles on it and I've beat it pretty hard, especially recently, and have had three drive-side nipples shear off in the last month or so. That rear wheel is just about done - the braking surfaces on it are worn, too. (Hey, I've gotten over 4,000 miles out of it - no complaints here.)

I'm almost finished building a new rear wheel - a DT Swiss RR415 rim laced to a 28h Ultegra hub with DT Swiss Revolution 15g/17g double-butted spokes. It's a bit of an experiment since I haven't had any problems with the spokes, hubs, or rims on my Neuvation rear wheel. Just spokes shearing after a lot of abuse and several thousand miles. So I went with a lighter rim, more but thinner spokes, and obviously more nipples. We'll see how the new wheel holds up.

Yeah, I could go with a sturdier set of wheels on my road bike. But I've tried the CXP33s that I have on my commuter on my road bike, and it was just too sluggish.
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If you're really worried about rims, just lace up some Deep Vs to whatever hubs you have..I weight 200lbs, and in two years of riding Deep Vs on my commuter off road, through potholes, jumping off curbs ect they are still true...but super heavy. With the right spokes, they are probably one of the more bomb proof rims out there..

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My 230lbs teammate who puts down a ton of power can destroy almost any wheel. He had op/ultegra 32h wheels and couldn't keep them together. He finally got Vuelta Corsa HD wheels from nashbar and they have been tough as nails. He races on zipp 404 clincher Clydesdales.
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Originally Posted by njmtbr
Mavic open pros laced to Chris King 28 spoke hubs front and back
What you have is fine. What benefit are you looking for?
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