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Strong Training Wheels for Heavy Roadie(11 posts)

Strong Training Wheels for Heavy RoadieSSMike
Oct 28, 2001 5:11 PM
Any heavy riders out there care to share their experience with rims? I'm looking for something that will be as trouble free as possible under a BIG rider (6'6, 250 pounds) while I work my way back into shape.

Probably going to do Open Pros 3x 36 hole with 14/15's and brass nipples with 23 or 25c tires, but would love to hear alternate ideas or potential problems with this setup.

Thanks everyone, Mike
Mavic Classics Elitematt
Oct 28, 2001 8:05 PM
Bomb proof! Like the wheels they ride in Paris-Roubaix minus the ceramic coating in the rim.
re: Strong Training Wheels for Heavy Roadiekoala
Oct 29, 2001 6:58 AM
I have a set of Mavic clssic pros that are bulletproof. Same wheels for 2 seasons as everyday wheels and they have never needed to be trued. Oh, I am no lightweight.
re: Strong Training Wheels for Heavy Roadieburdiman
Oct 29, 2001 11:26 AM
I am 6'7" and getting in shape myself (240lbs now). Currently riding Open Pros, 3x 36 hole with Sapim spokes (13/14 drive side and 14/15 non-drive). Was breaking DT spokes twice a month.

I rode the wheel for a few weeks, did a final true, and used DT Spoke Freeze on these things and they are solid.

I hear CXP33 rims can be very strong but haven't tried them yet.
I've had good luck with the bolt-ons from Sears ;-) (nm)grzy
Oct 29, 2001 11:31 AM
re: Strong Training Wheels for Heavy Roadiebikedodger
Oct 29, 2001 12:20 PM
I weigh about 215 and have been using Mavic CXP30s that were built by Excel Sports with no problems. I never have had to get them aligned in >10000 miles.

Mike
re: Strong Training Wheels for Heavy Roadiecyclomoteur
Oct 29, 2001 1:46 PM
Rim : Aluminium aero shape rim

Spokes : 14(32-48) o 15(36)

Spoke partern : 3x front and rear

If yo want to be trouble free : Buy Aerospoke wheelset (around 4000g though)

I know one heavy(220+) guy who's riding on FIR rims 48 14gauge spoke (laced 4x front and rear) That wheelset has been trouble free for over 2 season (around 8000-10000k I suspect)

Good luck...
-Guillaume
CXP33s?ColnagoFE
Oct 29, 2001 3:27 PM
I'm about 200 lbs and ride them--absolutely bombproof. I'd imagine a set of 36 spoke CXP33s w brass and 14/15 spokes would be great for you. If you can find an old set of CXP30s (even deeper rim) they would probably be even stronger.
Velocity Deep VKerry Irons
Oct 29, 2001 5:29 PM
In a 36 spoke (or even 32), 3 cross configuration, a Velocity Deep V would make a very strong, durable, and high performance wheel set that would cost much less than factory wheels. A pair of these rims would only be $90, or you could do Velocity Aerohead front/Deep V rear for a little less, and save 100gm. Choose any hubs, use 14/15 spokes, have them built by a good wheelsmith, and you should have a reasonably light and very durable set.
Hey, I used to be bigger than you...cory
Oct 29, 2001 7:32 PM
...and I hardly ever had problems with ANY wheel with 32 or 36 spokes, including a set of Performance (or Nashbar, I forget which) cheapie $169-a-pair wheels. I'm down to 215 now, but whenever I try to go under 32 spokes, I start having trouble.
My Allez has Velocity Deep Vs, as somebody else recommended, w/32 Wheelsmith 14/15s. They've stayed true for about 1500 miles...but the guy who built them used alloy nipples, and I've snapped off two of the nips on the non-drive side of the rear. Even with a loose spoke, though, the rims were strong enough that I didn't have to fiddle the wheel or release the brake to ride home. Only way I knew it was broken was that I heard it go.
re: Strong Training Wheels for Heavy RoadieWolfgang
Nov 4, 2001 1:19 AM
I had a problem w/busting spokes on my Mavic CPX21's, I ugraded to Mavic Classics SSC with ceramic braking surface, they are better than sliced bread. Very strong wheel and the ceramic braking surface stops all my weight very niclely. I'm 5-11 @ 235