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Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbs(10 posts)

Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsLouis_G
Jul 7, 2003 7:08 AM
I currently mountain bike a few times a week ~3 and I'm looking at getting a road bike because there's lots of good rides in my area and it seems like it would be fun.

I think I narrowed it down to the Klein Q-Carbon Race or one of the Treks like the 2200. I want to spend ~$1500 or so on it.

I had heard that if you're a big guy you might need different components so I wanted to see what recommendations you guys had for swapping parts out on a bike like the Klein.

re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsmaximum15
Jul 7, 2003 8:14 AM
This issue has been addressed many times on this board over the past few months. Try running a search and check the answers you get. I weigh about 230 and ride one bike with rolf vector comps, another with kysrium elites. Both are fine for me.
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsmaximum15
Jul 7, 2003 8:23 AM
Let everyone know what wheels are on the bikes you are looking at and you might get some good comments. If you do need to change wheels and don't want to spend too much, look at CXP33 laced to ultegra or velocity spartacus.
I'd go even strongeroff roadie
Jul 7, 2003 1:39 PM
The Velocity Sparticus is just a paired spoke design built off the Velocity Deep V, with straight gauge spokes. I like that rim, but given the rider I'd go with dt 14/15 butted spokes, 32 front, 36 rear.
As an ex MTB rider (195 lbs) I'm a bit less hesitant about rough spots on the road and so on than a lot of road riders. For me, The Deep V has been very solid, even in a low spoke configuration and rough riding. For any heavier use (or even my own use, really) I'd probably rather it had more spokes. You may find the same thing.
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsLouis_G
Jul 7, 2003 3:38 PM
Klein: Bontrager Select Road 20/24H.

Trek: Bontrager Select: Paired Spoke Technology™; Torque sharing super-stiff rear hub; Semi-deep front rim is aero yet forgiving; Rear rim w/OSB improves lateral rigidity, prolongs wheel life; Double butted 14/15 DT spokes; Cro-Moly skewers; 835 g, 20h front/1020 g, 24h rear

Probably the same wheels. Bontrager MTB components are often not well regarded. Would these wheels be ok?
Bontrager- roadie
Jul 8, 2003 7:28 AM
I have the Bontrage Fairlayne rear rim with a nomral 32 spoke 3 cross lacing (db14/15 Sapim). The Fairlayne is Bontrager's heaviest rim, about 540 grams, 23mm wide, offset spoke bed.

It is a sturdy wheel, to be sure. Mine needed truing after 1k miles, but the last 100 of that was mostly commuting, with a fair number of curb hobs and stretches of dirt road. The initial 900m miles were golden, and the deviation from true after the abuse was minor. Given that use and my near 200lb weight, 36 spokes really would have made sense, but I was doing it as a rim swap. It is still a cyclo-cross / touring grade wheel, assuming I didn't botch the build. The weight is not SO bad, though ts surely no lightweight.

If the wheel you are looking at is similar, it should do. I'm skeptical about the low spoke count, though- the same rims with more (convetional pattern) spoking may be stronger. It seems like the weight penalty would be minimal; you could use lighter (but more) spokes, especially on the left side (even OSB has low NDS tension).

I really think us heavier guys benefit from plain old numbers of spokes. I can't say if paired spoking helps or hurts, but any rear wheel with 24 spokes had beter have a MASSIVELY stiff rim (and stiff spokes, too) if the rider weighs 220 lbs...
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsd-boy
Jul 9, 2003 3:28 AM
I've had good success with Open Pros and Ultegra hubs with 32H, DB 14/15 DT spokes, regular 3 cross pattern. I'm over 240 (some months more, some less) and have put a couple of thousand miles on them. No problems. They are relatively light and inexpensive too. I also have a set of CXP33's set up the same way with about a thousand miles on them. No problems either.

As for using heavier rims or more spokes, it seems that the information out there is mostly based on sound judgement (the bigger the stronger), but may drive you to a set of heavier or more expensive wheels. Good luck.
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsMantra
Jul 9, 2003 11:52 AM
I ride a Klein Quantum Pro with a set of American Classic CR 420 (18-24 Sapim CX Ray spokes), the wheels are both light (1400gr.) and very stiff, and i've had no problems and i'm also a big guy (240)
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbswjtm
Jul 10, 2003 9:01 AM
I'm about 190 and run ultegra/open pros, which should work well for people substantially larger than I am.

I have never ridden them, but there is a company called aerospoke that makes some very beefy-looking five spoke carbon wheels. They are heavier than dainty fancy wheels, but I'd bet they'll haul a big guy around. RBR has a page on them here:,700C,clincher/PRD_33165_2490crx.aspx
re: Bike/wheels for big guy 6'4"+change 230-250lbsLouis_G
Jul 12, 2003 7:05 PM
Well I ended up testing a Trek and also the Klein Q-Carbon one after the other. I liked the Q-Carbon better so they dug around and found a Race they had in the back which was my size. So I tried that one and it was great. So I'm now the proud owner of a Q-Carbon Race. I had it setup with Speedplay X2's. I get to pick it up on Monday.

Thanks for all the suggestions!