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Old 02-14-09, 11:10 PM
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2008 Surly LHT wheelset- Any reason to change?

I have a 2008 LHT that came with the standard Alex rims 36h laced to XT hubs. So far they've been good, but I do a lot of desert riding, and at times carry a lot of water (sometimes 3-4 gallons). I also weigh 185lbs.

Im wondering what people's opinions are on if having a handbuilt (Peter White probably) set of 38h, or maybe even 40h on the rear, would really increase load capability and durability that much? Or is it just extra weight and way overkill?
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Old 02-15-09, 09:37 AM
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I'd much rather spend the money on an "Extrawheel "trailer and save the bike from all that weight. Their website featured a guy that used the trailer for exactly that purpose.
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Old 02-15-09, 09:47 AM
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My little opinion departement says if it ain't broke...

Consider moving some weight up front.
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Old 02-15-09, 09:48 AM
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The hubs are nice, 36 spokes are plenty. Get some really rugged rims and have them laced up to the hubs with extra stout spokes.
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Old 02-15-09, 11:15 AM
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Are you getting a frame w/ 26" wheels or 700c? Those 36 spokes on 26" rims are pretty far beyond bomber, esp. for just a 185# rider.
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Old 02-15-09, 06:05 PM
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I think you'll be fine, but I would also consider having an extrawheel trailer for the extra weight if you think you'll need it.

One possible set up would be to have an extra wheel loaded down and front panniers, and use the rear rack for tent/sleeping bag.
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Old 02-15-09, 07:08 PM
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38holes?
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Old 02-15-09, 11:44 PM
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I already have a LHT. At the moment I have a bit of $, and am contemplating an indestructible wheelset, but am not really sure that the wheelset I already have (700c, 36h) is not already indestructible. I think the extrawheel would be a bit overkill, so I'm just wondering about wheels.

Thanks!
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Old 02-16-09, 02:45 AM
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The Alex Adventurers you have may be inexpensive, and may be heavy, but they ain't weak. Distribute your weight front and rear for better handling. Otherwise I fall into the "if it ain't broke" camp.
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If you need to change out the rims the DTSwiss TK7.1 or the Mavic A719 rims are both 36H with double eyelet which pretty much makes them bomb proof. You XT hubs are just fine. I would wait until I needed to replace the rims. 36H rims are pretty stout.
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Old 02-16-09, 04:04 PM
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Cool. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 02-17-09, 06:53 PM
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I have a 2008 LHT that came with the standard Alex rims 36h laced to XT hubs. So far they've been good, but I do a lot of desert riding, and at times carry a lot of water (sometimes 3-4 gallons). I also weigh 185lbs.
I weigh 275lbs and have been abusing that exact same wheelset daily (full laptop, change of clothes, large bike lock, water, washboard road for 20 mile commute) and have had zero problems. Get the spoke tension checked and don't worry about it any more!
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Old 02-17-09, 11:06 PM
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now that is an endorsement.
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Old 02-17-09, 11:31 PM
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haha
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I just bought a LHT waiting on delivery.I asked Bill at the bicycle shop what if any upgrades to consider,he suggested new wheels with a offset hub for the rear.This he said brings the spoke length between the two sides of the wheel closer together,making the wheel stronger.He pointed out that because of the spokes next to the sproket are shorter this puts more stress on the back wheel.Call 501-224-7651 Bill,I bet could go into more detail.
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I have an 09 LHT with the same wheel set. I was looking down at a pedal that was on the sidewalk someone had lost. At the same time, I lost control of my bike and did a Dukes of Hazard jump off the side walk. When in mid air, I thought for sure I was going to land, bending my wheels. Just checked them. Still true.

They are heavy but solid as a rock.
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Old 02-22-09, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post
...full laptop...
I try to keep documents from piling up on my hard drive, to save my back on my commute
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Old 02-28-09, 01:54 AM
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The main culpret in rim/spoke failure is not ussualy the rims or spokes. It is the tension. If you have a good wheelsmith in your area, just have him check the tension.
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Originally Posted by RalphMalph View Post
The main culpret in rim/spoke failure is not ussualy the rims or spokes. It is the tension. If you have a good wheelsmith in your area, just have him check the tension.
+1. I just got my LHT a few weeks back and went over the wheels to bring them up to proper tension - the spokes were reading quite low right out of the box.
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