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Wheelsets of the heavyset(7 posts)

Wheelsets of the heavysetbigguy
Apr 6, 2001 6:43 AM
What is a good wheelset for someone in the 215 - 220 pound range. Not necessarily looking to race but would like to get a decent set of wheels. I ride 100 miles per week or so and on rough pavement at times.

Thanks for any advice.
re: Wheelsets of the heavysetmuncher
Apr 6, 2001 6:51 AM
You are only a little bit heavier than me - I have Open Pros 36 3x both on my CX - can't speak highly enough of them - haven't had to touch them in 6 months of riding - what more can you ask for?
32 spokes or better, 3xCory
Apr 6, 2001 8:33 AM
I'm about 15 pounds heavier than you, and I spend part of my time on some pretty rough dirt roads. I've always used 36-spoke wheels, but last time I had to replace one, the mechanic at my LBS said that was Old School and he could build a strong 32. I figured that was probably all he had in stock, but I let him do it, with a Velocity Deep V rim and butted Wheelsmith spokes on my old hub.
It's a little heavy (rim weighs 500+ grams), but it's rolled straight and true since November.
I'd stay away from anything less than 32, I think, though I do have a 200-pound friend who hasn't had any trouble with whatever 28-spokers came on his Giant. I haven't looked at them, but the rest of the bike is Tiagra, so I don't imagine they're anything special.
32 spokes or better, 3xMade in Taiwan
Apr 6, 2001 11:06 PM
i weight in at around 210 and i've been riding on Rolf Vector (16 front and 20 rear) and they have been fine so far, 1600 miles on them. they're not vector pro, they're stock on Trek 2200 (1999 model).
32 spokes or better, 3xChas
Apr 8, 2001 5:39 AM
Here - Here,
Got Rolfs on both my mountain and road trek's. 8000 & 2300
I'm about 220 oh ok 230 and have never had to true them. I've ridden the 8000 for over a year on some very rough singletrack and its stayed good. They look cool too.
re: Wheelsets of the heavysetGary
Apr 9, 2001 9:56 AM
I'm also a bit heavier than you +20 lbs...and I ride on Rigida DP18s. They are a deep V wheel, similar to Velocity Deep V's. But these wheels are less than 32 spokes...don't have the bike here to count exactly, but I think they are 24 bladed spokes. Radial lacing on everything but the drive side of the rear wheel where it is 1X.

So...I guess I'm saying that I wouldn't say 32 spoke mininum and 3X is an absolute must as the other posters are saying. And yes, I ride a lot...4,000+ miles a year.

Started to try out a pair of Zipp 440s now.
re: Wheelsets of the heavysetPhil M
Apr 15, 2001 3:17 PM
I'm also about your weight (varies from 213-217 any given week!). My Bianchi came with Mavic CXP-33's, which lasted about 2 1/2 years before the rear died on me. The LBS recommended Campy Electrons. I was, needless to say, a bit leery of anything with 24 spokes (rear) and 22 in front at my weight, but I trust this shop after 3 years. Armed with a tax refund check I took the plunge and I have to say that after 3 months over various surfaces these things have held up real nicely. It's still probably too early to tell, but I'd say if you want to invest a little money ($550, in my case) you can save some weight and have a pretty durable wheelset. Probably comparable to the Rolf Vector Comp. Just my experience. I'm no expert, but I'm real happy with these wheels.