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What do you think of these wheels with a Big Dummy?

Old 04-05-09, 05:19 PM
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What do you think of these wheels with a Big Dummy?

So what do you folks think of a Big Dummy running these wheels (ebay item number 400038972055)


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Old 04-05-09, 07:23 PM
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For what little it's worth.... I'd go with stronger wheels for a cargo bike like a BD -- at least 36 spokes.

Also, maybe I just don't know the wheelset, but I'd want some seriously robust hubs and spokes. I'd be tempted to hand-select the components and have an LBS build it by hand (assuming I trust their wheelbuilding skills).
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36 spoke minim. ( Not from experience- just extensive research).
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its not really so much the spoke count
as much as the rim strength

i've used an XtraCycle for a number of years
and have been using a Big Dummy since around 2/08 (first batch)
between the 2 setups, I've gone thru 3 sets of wheels.

i had a set of MAVIC 317's 36H, and i bent the rear wheel after 2 days.
a pedestrian inadvertently "zigged" when they should have "zagged" after i rang my bell from a fair distance, at the exact moment when passing thru some wooden bollards on the bike path.
rather than hit the person, i tagged one of the bollards with a WideLoader, and went over the bars.
the rear of the bike went into the air, and when it hit the ground, bent the rear wheel.

that was without any cargo.

I scored the rims at a good price, but i had my doubts.
they were to replace a set of Sun Rhyno Lites that i had good luck with, as i used them for almost a solid year.

best yet.

have been the set i'm using now.

Downhill Rims
WTB Laser Disc DH 36h 4 cross. I just use XT hubs.

on the other side of the spectrum, I've also used MAVIC SpeedCity wheels with cyclocross tyres.
that set up, is not particularly suitable for very much cargo.

tyres: Serfas Drifters

at the moment I'm using WTB Vulpines
and have eaten up a few sets of different MTB tyres, like Hutchinson Piranhas, and just about any other racing MTB tire.
often I score these off of buddies when they decide for whatever reasons that they don't like them.

i like them, in that they fold, and sometimes, I'll use them when i like to take off and do a tour of mixed terrain, where I like to swap over to knobbies.

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