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Strong wheelset neededE Man
Jun 16, 2002 10:06 AM
Hi bikers.......I am looking for suggestions for a super durable wheelset for all around training, wheelset weight is not an issue. I am heavy at 230 lbs and very tough on wheels.........Thanks
re: Strong wheelset neededkoala
Jun 16, 2002 11:43 AM
I recommend mavic classics(now ssc). I was much heavier than my current 166 and I never trued them in 3 years. My other wheelsets including open pros and excelsports cirrus need an occaisional touch up, not the classics, they have been bulletproof. They are good for training but at 1850 grams a bit heavy for racing.
Some thoughtsKerry
Jun 16, 2002 4:37 PM
More spokes is stronger. At your weight, 36 spokes seems like the reasonable approach. Deeper section rims are stronger (but heavier). You might do well with a Velocity Deep V, which is hell for stout, relatively cheap, and relatively light for a deeps section rim. So, hubs of choice, 36 spoke (3X or 4X), Velocity Deep V. And most important of all, a good builder, since proper and even tension is the key to a strong, long lasting wheel.
Jun 17, 2002 8:35 AM
I'm heavier than you at 250 lbs. and I had no problem tweaking rims. I had excel sports build a set of Mavic CXP33's with 14 g spokes on Chris King 32 hole hubs. The wheels have been bulletproof for over 1000 miles. I have not had to touch them. They are also very light.
re: Strong wheelset neededksfacinelli
Jun 17, 2002 11:24 AM
I have a set of AeroSpoke wheels that are bullet proof. I got the pair of ebay at a good price they are full carbon and really strong.

Check them out...

Good luck,

re: Strong wheelset neededshutterbiker
Jun 17, 2002 6:40 PM
i got daytona hubs w/open pro rims laced 3 cross with 14/15 double butted spokes. they seem very well made and strong. they were 248 plus shipping. they can do shimano hubs if that's what you use. i weigh 235.
mavic cosmos (about 1800 g.) bombproof! nmzeke
Jun 17, 2002 9:49 PM
Asymetric rear rimoff roadie
Jun 18, 2002 6:33 AM
I don't know what other rims are like, but the Bontager Fairlane OSB I built up for my bike (32x 14/15) is much sturdier than other rears I've used. I only weigh 175lbs, but I ride hard, and I really appreciate the increased durability and lateral stiffness. 8/9/10 speed hubs normally require so much dish that the left spokes are at risk of going slack under high loads even if the right spokes are as tight as can be. For heavy / hard riders, the more even spoke tension allowed by an assymetric rim really pays off.

The Bontrager Fairlane is (I think) a toruring rim, but the increased width is hardly a disadvantage to a heavy rider, given they should be running wider tires. Its not aero, but that is more an issue for fronts than rears. The weight (about 550 grams) is not bad. Durability wise, I'd bet on this rim with 32 spokes, over a conventionally dished rear rim with 36 spokes.
joe youngMXL02
Jun 19, 2002 9:08 AM
I started riding at exactly the same weight as you and had the same problem. At the time I had stock CXP21 rims, 32 spoke front and rear. I called Campy and they recommended custom wheels. Found a wheel builder...Joe Young..who made a light, but bomb proof set of wheels for me...36 spoke 4x rear and 32 spoke 3x front, both with Torelli hubs. You can order over his web site. He is great.
Jun 19, 2002 11:20 AM