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Help!!! I need wheelsHuntzdux
Jul 2, 2001 8:29 PM
I need help selecting a new wheelset/ rim setup.
I am 225 lbs. of pedal samshing lunatic, not a spinner by any means. I am looking for a strong( non-flexing), lightweight smooth spinning wheelset for everyday use. I do not race, but ride for fitness and fun.I need something that will hold up to my weight, and has little lateral flex.I realize I am asking alot, but if anyone has any ideas, all your suggestions are welcome.
Thanks and safe riding,

re: Help!!! I need wheelsSlow Ned
Jul 3, 2001 11:18 AM
I would recommend either Mavic Ksyriums or Velomax Orion Comps in terms of pre-built wheels. I am 200lbs after a good healthy crap, and I have the same issues with wheels. I've ridden both for extended periods. The Ksyriums were more stiff than the Orions, but heavier. The Orions are very light, and just as durable as anything I've seen. I notice a tad bit of flex in them, though.

Better than either of these, in my opinion was the set of Chris King/Mavic CXP 33's that I got through Excel Sports in Boulder. 28 front, 32 rear spokes, lighter than Mavic Heliums, rock solid, smooth rolling, and easily serviced. They are available less expensively than Ksyriums or Orions, to boot. Excel really builds a great wheel, and for $476, you can't beat it.
re: Help!!! I need wheelsAkirasho
Jul 4, 2001 5:36 PM
... Spinergy SPOX are vertically compliant while remaining laterally stiff (I was King of the Mashers when I got my first set... but have since, learned the error of my ways and spin (at least for me) at around 85 to 90)... the R2 seems to be on sale at

The only downside... seems as though the XAERO with PBO spokes has replaced the Vectran spokes on the R1/R2... still, Spinergy will probably service and have replacement parts in stock for a while (I sure hope so, cuz I've got two sets of R1's and two sets of M1's!!!)

Be the bike.
re: Help!!! I need wheelsJofa
Jul 6, 2001 3:39 PM
You're certainly not asking a lot, and it's perhaps because people think that this is a difficult request that they expect so little of their wheels. Ordinary box- section rims such as Open Pro, laced with 36 1.8/1.6/1.8 mm spokes, 3 cross front and rear, to hubs which match your existing equipment, will be functionally the best as long as they are properly built; and light too. Going up a groupset level in the hubs would be nice if you wanted to spend the money, but not necessary. Maybe you could buy these and a cycling holiday in place of a pair of (weaker) boutique wheels.
re: Help!!! I need wheelsjim hubbard
Jul 6, 2001 3:58 PM
My recommendation who be a pair of mavic classic pro these are used by the pro teams for racing the classics ie p-r and the tour of flanders by the likes of magnus backsted etc. These are excellent reliable wheels. As mentioned in one of the other posts the same can be achieved with mavic sup rims and dura-ace/record hubs. This may be the better option price wise and if you know a good wheelsmith they can taylor it to you riding style,and size a bit better. Hope this helps.