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Recommended wheelsets for larger riders(12 posts)

Recommended wheelsets for larger ridersappollo
Jul 23, 2003 5:56 PM
My 2001 Klein Quantum Race came with a set of Rolf Vector Pros. The wheels are light and perform very well, but I have had problems breaking spokes on the rear wheel. It is very frustrating because the wheel is barely ridable when this happens. I have to either walk or creep back home. I am 6'2" and weigh 235 pounds. I'm thinking that I am to big for these wheels.....Can anyone recommend a good wheelset that would better suit someone of my size?
re: Recommended wheelsets for larger ridersukiahb
Jul 23, 2003 8:29 PM
I'm about 200 lbs and am using 36 spoke Open Pros laced to Chorus hubs...maybe overkill, but they are bulletproof....stayed true even after hitting a pothole that blew both tires (was admiring my GF rather than watching the road at the time)
re: Recommended wheelsets for larger ridersFarmer John
Jul 24, 2003 3:36 AM
You don't mention how long you have been on this wheelset or how hard you ride them (do you climb like a bull? are your roads better suited to army tanks than ballerinas?)

The reason I mention this is when was the last time your LBS (or yourself if you self medicate your bike) checked the tension on your Rolfs?

In spite of their low spoke count, these wheels are very strong. But to get that strength, they rely on a very high level of tension in the spokes. A low tension spoke is an unhappy spoke and one that is more likely to break.

Though I do not know the tension spec off the top of my head, I'm sure you can find it from the manufacturer or their online tech service.

Tighten those puppies up!

BTW, my actual vote goes to 105 0r Ultegra hubs, 32H, laced 3x to Mavic open pros with Wheelsmith 2.0/1.7/2.0 stainless. Not sexy, but durable.
re: Recommended wheelsets for larger ridersrogue_CT1
Jul 23, 2003 8:45 PM
Expensive wheels: Ksyrium SL
Affordable: Velocity Spartacus

Either one will suit your needs.

(I have both and I'm 210 now, was 242 when I first started on the Velocity wheels and 227 on the Ksyriums)
Velomax Orion II'sCrash
Jul 23, 2003 8:57 PM
When I was selecting the wheels for my Carb Level I wanted to get something else besides the 'K' wheels. I'm not quite as heavy as you, but pretty close (around 210-220). I ended up going with the Orion II's after trying them out using the Velomax demo program. These have a nicer ride (IMO) than the 'K' wheels, but still are very stiff for me. They're lighter than the SL's and really climb nicely. I only have around 250 miles on them, but very happy so far.
Everyday wheelsburdiman
Jul 24, 2003 5:23 AM
I would opt for 36 over 32 spokes. I currently weigh in at 240lbs and Open Pros laced to American Classic hubs (36 rear 28 front) and DT competition spokes are my choice for everyday riding.
heres what i useColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2003 6:53 AM
i'm down to around 190 now and the same height as you and i use cxp33s...32 spoke front and 36 rear with brass nips and 14/15 spokes. bombproof. never have to baby them or true them i've also heard ksyriums work well for heavier riders.
totally agreeCurtSD
Jul 24, 2003 8:01 AM
I'm around 205, and I use cxp33s as well - haven't needed truing once (the open pros I used to use needed to be trued every 1-2 months).
re: Recommended wheelsets for larger riderscincy1
Jul 24, 2003 8:22 AM
One more vote for Mavic CXP-33 rims. I'm 200lbs and had Joe Young (Young Wheels) build a wheel set for me with Hugi 240 hubs, CXP-33 rims, DT Swiss 14/15 gage spokes, laced 2X in front, 3x in back. Guaranteed to last longer than your legs.
Thanks for all the input guys!appollo
Jul 24, 2003 10:55 AM
I appreciate it. I am going to evaluate all your input along with that of my riding buddies and get a new wheelset. Thanks again.
Cheap and Strong (I hit a curb and they're still true!)pitt83
Jul 24, 2003 4:48 PM
Ultegra 32h laced to Velocity Areohead rims. Lighter than any mainstram Mavic and stronger than dirt! I'm 6'4, 230 and last week, endoed over a curb when my rear wheel glanced another curb tossing me over the bars. The front wheel straight on smacked a curb and didn't move! $185 from Colorado cyclist for the pair.
Advantages of going with a "non botique" wheel.niteschaos
Jul 24, 2003 6:37 PM
If you race and something happens to your wheels, chances are someone in the parking lot has a spoke or some tool you can true/repair them with. Also, there are many AWESOME wheelbuilders out there that do great work and will still cost you half what "K wheels" go for. I used to break spokes all the time on my rear wheel that came with the bike. I didn't know if it was my mass or the horrible roads in Atlanta, but I had to get a new set. I took a chance and ordered a custom set from Colorado Cyclist. I weight 185-190 and got a 32hole/Ultegra/Open Pro build and haven't had to touch the wheels in 1000 miles on the roughest roads I know. Didn't even have to true them after "break in."