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Good wheel choice for big guy(11 posts)

Good wheel choice for big guykert
Nov 18, 2001 7:12 PM
I have a friend that just started cycling. He's a big, strong football player guy (240 lbs.), but he loves riding so far. The only problem is his wheel (the rear) keeps popping spokes, coming untrue, etc.

What's a good wheel selection for someone his size?
Without knowing his current set-up, I'd recommend...RhodyRider
Nov 18, 2001 7:39 PM
...Mavic Open Pro rims with a traditional 32-spoke configuration laced to something like an Ultegra hubset. This is an economical, bomb proof, high-performance wheelset that will withstand all but the most enormous of clydesdales. You can get a set from Colorado Cyclist or Performance for under $225.
Open Prostarwheel
Nov 19, 2001 5:22 AM
I've also had good luck with Open Pros (2 sets), but wouldn't the 36-spoke wheel be better for someone that heavy? I've got 32 spokes and have had no problems at all, but I weigh about 185.
36 spokes!guido
Nov 19, 2001 2:31 PM
You're right, a heavy guy is better off with 36 rather than 32 spokes. 36 spokes will make the wheel stiffer and ride better under the weight, and will last alot longer than a 32.
Ditto On Open ProsMe Dot Org
Nov 18, 2001 8:13 PM
I crashed into the back of a car going about 18 mph. My 1 year old chromoly frame crumpled on the top tube and the down tube. My Open Pro rim was fine, the wheel remained true.
re: Good wheel choice for big guykushogun
Nov 18, 2001 10:52 PM
If you wanted to spend a bit more money and go for a nicer hub, go with the Mavic Classics SSC. 32-spoke 3x cross. Very nice rim with great braking surface. The best part of the setup is the famous Mavic FTS hubs that are so so so silky smooth and ultra quiet at speed! Just a thought. Can get a set for around $450 from Very nice wheelset ridden at many classic races around the world like Paris-Roubaix. Over cobblestones and they remain round and true!
re: Good wheel choice for big guykoala
Nov 19, 2001 4:05 AM
I have a set of mavic classics pro-same as classics ssc I beleive. I am no lightweight and 3000 miles without touching them riding in pothole infested upstate New York.
Can't go wrong with Open Pro(NM)ACE-
Nov 18, 2001 11:59 PM
velocity deep vslow-ron
Nov 19, 2001 7:58 AM
velocity deep v rims are very strong and remain true but there is a weight penalty. i think they are around 520 grams. i've never ridden a stronger rim.
re: Good wheel choice for big guyCarl T
Nov 19, 2001 1:14 PM
I'd definitely look at 36 spokes for a guy that size. Open Pro is a very good rim, CXP-33 is even sturdier, and only a couple ounces heavier. Either way, lace 'em up 3 cross, and go with straight 14 or 14/15/14 gauge spokes. If there's a LBS who is known for wheelbuilding, try there, otherwise Colorado Cyclist does a nice job, and will most likely be cheaper. I've heard pretty good stuff about Excel Sports, too.
re: Good wheel choice for big guyhuntzdux
Nov 19, 2001 6:06 PM
I had a similar problem, 220 lbs. of pedal masher, and recently installed a pair of Spinnergy xaeros and have great luck with them so far.Not saying this setup will work for your buddy, but i've had increased success.

Best of luck !!