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Shimano R540 wheels?(4 posts)

Shimano R540 wheels?Heisssenberg
Nov 26, 2003 9:13 AM
I was looking at getting the Scattante CFR. If I can find a framesize I was happy with, my only other concern is the wheelset, looks like it might have too few spokes to support my 230 Lb. weight. I'm coming off a very old Centurion touring bike, so anything new is gonna seem wonderful, but will that wheelset be sturdy enough for me?
re: Shimano R540 wheels?BIG_AL
Nov 27, 2003 9:04 AM

I have ridden the R540 wheels since March. I am 6'6", and I weighed 260 at the start of the season and 240 at the end. After 2,500 miles, this wheel set only needed to be trued twice. Once as a result of riding 5+ miles on a gravel road, and the other was a result of hitting the rear wheel on the curb at 20+ mph. Each time I have taken the bike into the shop, the mechanics are amazed at the wheels durability. The only negative with the set is that fact that it actually requires three different spokes. As I found out after breaking a spoke while changing the tires, the spokes are not easy to come by. None of the bike shops in my area carried the spoke. So, they had to special order the spokes from Shimano, which took two weeks. I highly recommend these rims, but I would also recommend buying a replacement for each kind of spoke just to be safe.
re: Shimano R540 wheels?Heisssenberg
Nov 27, 2003 12:43 PM
Thank you very much Big Al!! That was exactly the kind of info I was looking for. The low spoke count made me nervous. I hope to get the Scattante early next year, and I now plan on going forward with it. I had a similar situation. I started out in February biking at 260 Lb. and now due mostly to cycling, I've dropped down to 230 and hope to eventually get back down below 200.
re: Shimano R540 wheels?Gripfer
Nov 28, 2003 3:58 PM
Might not bother you big, strong guys but I think these are the hardest rims to replace a tire on that I've dealt with. First flat I thought I was going to have to walk home. I changed tire levers after some experimentation, but you're always taking a risk using them to put the tire on.