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Need Advice on WheelsetsSteveA
Oct 1, 2002 3:25 PM
I am currently riding on a pair of Mavic CXP-21 wheels, and it's becoming apparent that these wheels weren't meant to take the pounding that I'm placing on them. It's very hard for me to keep the back wheel true (I've done it, the shop's done it, and I keep ending up with loose spokes).

I am a big rider, 220 pounds (but falling thanks to the cycle), and I ride on some pretty rough Texas county roads. The bike is nothing real expensive (a Schwinn Super Sport with 105 components), but I'd like to upgrade the wheels (and possibly take them to my next frame).

Does anyone have any good recommendations on wheels for a bigger rider? I would place a preference on strength, rather than weight, but might be willing to spend up to get both. Any ideas would be most appreciated.

Consider new rims - Velocity Deep VKerry
Oct 1, 2002 4:06 PM
A rim like the Deep V will give you a lot more strength for about a 90 gram per rim penalty over MAVIC CXP 21. The Velocity Aerohead may even work for you with a high enough spoke count and a good build. You don't say your spoke count, but if you are at 32, I'd go with the Deep V. At 36, you could do the Aerohead, 3X.
Consider new rims - Velocity Deep Vbobobo
Oct 1, 2002 6:06 PM
Go with Dave Thomas' Speed Dream R30 wheels. $530 delivered to your door, they are very fast, resonably light, aero and very tough. They are built using Sapim X-Ray bladed spoked, AC hubs and Velocity Deep V rims. A typical set weighs in at 1520 grams and is pretty darn aero for that rim profile, 30 mm. These wheels are not only fast, they are durable and dave thomas will discuss your exact needs over the phone. Something kinda lost in this day and age of internet sales.
I don't think the rim is your problem...Quack
Oct 1, 2002 9:20 PM
If your satisfied with the rims and the only trouble is the detensioning of spokes, low-strength loctite on the rear nipples will hold them in place without unscrewing. I've gone through factory wheels with CXP-21s for 200+ lb buddies and had no problems.

Honestly, 220 isn't that big. If you were 250+, I would probably recommend 36 spoke wheels or deep aero rims like the previous posts mention. Velocity DeepV, Sun Swift TA1, old CXP-30s, and even CXP-33s are all bombproof rims. Any boutique wheelset should be strong enough provided their not ultra-ultra light if you have your mind set on new wheels.

re: Need Advice on WheelsetsRom12_1
Oct 2, 2002 11:23 AM
Just recently reviewed myself. Got mulitple suggestions. Settled on Mavic cxp33, 32 spoke, 3 cross, brass nipples, DA hubs. I haven't ridden enough yet to comment on personal experience though.
re: Need Advice on Wheelsetschuckjg
Oct 2, 2002 12:22 PM
I'm about your size and I just got a pair of wheels built by Eric Brandt
He's a big guy too and he just built me up a set of Velocity Fusion rims on Edco hubs. I wanted a pair of wheels I could ride on any surface and not have to worry about truing them and they fit the bill.
They weigh around 1800g and cost about $315 or so
give him a try