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Wheel Suggestions for a Big Guy on a budget(5 posts)

Wheel Suggestions for a Big Guy on a budgetMTB Crossover
Jan 5, 2004 7:29 PM
I am currently selling my Cannondale R800. One of the guys interested in it is a Power Lifter tipping the scales at around 280 lbs. The bike currently has radial laced Mavic CXP23s I am a hundred pounds less than him an I find these wheels a little flexy. He is on a budget so the big bombproof wheels are out of his range.
Any suggestions or should I just look at selling to a lighter rider.
Open Pros...lyleseven
Jan 5, 2004 8:47 PM
36 spoke Open Pros. You can even get the 520 rim for extra heavy duty such as touring.
Open Pros...xxl
Jan 6, 2004 3:14 AM
Second that, but if your friend gets the Mavic touring rim (i.e., the T-520), make sure tire clearances with the frame are adequate.
Bombproof is NOT out of his range!russw19
Jan 6, 2004 3:15 AM
Velocity Deep V's. Laced to Ultegra hubs with double butted spokes (stronger than straight gauge) with brass nipples (steer clear of alloy if you want strong) laced 3 cross. He could go 36 all around, or just in the rear with 32 hole front.

Should be plenty strong and plenty stiff for him. And he should be able to have those built for between $200 and $250.

Not a big problem--36 14ga. spokes laced by a non-idiotCory
Jan 6, 2004 9:20 AM
I used to weigh almost that much, and once I switched to 36-spoke rims, I never had a wheel problem unless I tried to build them myself. I used a pair of generic Performance/Nashbar (can't remember which; cost <$200) pre-built wheels for two years/5000 miles with only one or two light truings.
I'm down to about 220 now, and I can get away with 32 spokes most of the time. Since I can't feel the difference, though, I still use 36 for most of my riding.