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Need to replace rim on Poprad - 200 lb rider, best options?(7 posts)

Need to replace rim on Poprad - 200 lb rider, best options?Wheelabrator
Aug 15, 2003 6:14 AM

I am new to cyclocross, just bought a lightly used 2001 Lemond Poprad and on my first ride (dirt crit) I went down at speed, got back up checked the bike, wheels rolled, I was OK, took off and 10 yards later - BLAM, the rear tire blew a 2" hole in the sidewall, and the rim had a 1-1/2" wobble. Tires were Bontrager Jones CX 30/32 on Matrix Auroa rims - stock wheels.

What would be a good set of rims for a 200 lb rider, races 40+ sport class in MTB, and 2nd year Cat 5 on road. Also, I have an extra Shimano 32 hole LX rear hub - would that be a better hub than the stock hub on a 2001 Poprad?

I will be switching to a larger volume tire, probably go up to 35s and hopefully that will help save the wheels from some of the abuse.

BTW - I got a good chance to practice carrying the bike on my shoulder last night.


few options...buffalosorrow
Aug 15, 2003 9:04 AM
one, you can purchase a pre-built wheelset, they are factory built and are quite reliable these days.

two, have you local LBS rebuild what you have, either just the rear wheel or the pair. Breaks down like this: order
mavic MA3's are good 490g 32 or 36holes $30ea
velocity aerohead many happy riders 420g $40ea
open pro's alot ride 'em, light 425g 32/36h $60ea

I would recommend 32h or 36h if you so desire, laced 3x. Like I have stated in the past, a good build(er) is worth a thousand rides. A bad build will untrue after every ride/race, no fun, and more time in the shop than riding.

There are also 29'er rims salsa, and WTB? They are beefy rims.
from one big guy to another.atpjunkie
Aug 15, 2003 12:25 PM
quite happy with Velocity. Aeroheads light but strong. New fave combo Aerohead front., Fusion Rear. Fusion a tad heavier deeper vee. Prefer sturdier rear as it takes more abuse (bunny hopping etc...) Veed rims good as they shed mud well and work as rudders in deep gunk. O/P's are good, I don't mind for fronts but tend to knock them out in the rear. I'm 230 and run 32H 3X, 14-15-14 or straight 14's.
Thanks for the helpWheelabrator
Aug 16, 2003 5:25 AM
I will be going with the Velocity Fusion laced 3X, 14 ga spokes. I have had great luck with Velocity Aerohead rims on my road bike, 6,000 miles and still going. My wheel should be ready today.

Thanks for the helpSlowPokey
Aug 16, 2003 8:37 PM
Anybody ride CXP 33's. Seem like they might be an OK choice for a big guy.

Is there anything wrong with them that I have not heard about?
excellent choiceatpjunkie
Aug 17, 2003 6:05 PM
I'm loving my fusion as well
re: Lace the LX hub to a 32H mavic OPjrm
Aug 18, 2003 7:12 AM
with 14/15DT spokes and 3x lacing. Although it cant take a big hit and over time the braking surfaces will warp from hits, its the best rim ive found so far.