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Velomax wheelset for heavy people?(11 posts)

Velomax wheelset for heavy people?RULY
Mar 20, 2002 2:00 PM
I'm 6'2" and 225lbs,is this Velomax wheelset good for heavy people.Thanks for the advice.
which one?Wannabe
Mar 20, 2002 2:40 PM
Which Velomax wheelset are you looking at? Check the reviews of their wheelsets on this site. I have the Orions and they're quite durable, but I don't weigh anything like you do.

Andy - Wannabe
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?BNA_Biker
Mar 20, 2002 3:05 PM
I have found Mavic Classic SSC w/ceramic braking surface to be great. I'm 5'11" and 230lbs.
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?curlybike
Mar 20, 2002 8:28 PM
The Velomax Tempest is ideal for a heavier person that is going to use them everyday.
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?DMoore
Mar 20, 2002 11:30 PM
I'm 6-1, 175#. I have a set of Orion Pro (sewup) wheels. At about 200 miles, I had a rear spoke break while I was coasting downhill on a perfectly smooth road. A few hundred miles later, the rear rim cracked at every single drive side spoke hole necessitating replacement of the rim. I also had a battle, which I lost, with Velomax over a cassette compatibility issue although that's not a durability issue. I still don't understand how a cassette that fit when I sent the wheel in for repair would no longer fit when it came back. They claimed they didn't change the cassette body or hub - and I just can't believe that.

I have a history of NOT breaking wheels - at 5000 miles or so avg. per year for the last 8 years, I've broken exactly one other spoke. It was a very old pair of wheels on which I hit a dip very hard. And I've NEVER had another rim crack.

My recommendation? Buy something else.
Wow, I have...PsyDad
Mar 21, 2002 8:13 AM
...had the bearings go out in the rear wheel of my Velomax Orions that I bought October 2001. Velomax replaced them under warranty. They mentioned they had changed bearing manufacturers to remedy the problem. Other than that, I have had no problems with the wheels.
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?harry hall
Mar 21, 2002 7:56 AM
No geek wheels really are any good for us oxen. 32 or even 36 spokes, Mavic CXP33's, Mavic MA 3's, Torelli Experts, or Velocity Deep Aeros with your chosen hubs. Also, off-center rear specific rims are a good idea--Ritchey and you might still be able to scare up a Matrix Aurora. My main rear wheel has been a 32 spoke Aurora; runs fine after 10k miles of no maintainance.
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?Ian
Mar 21, 2002 8:48 AM
I have been riding the Orion's for nearly a year. I had 2,000 miles on a pair before I sold that bike, and have 1,300 on my current pair. I am 5'11" and weigh 220, I do fast club rides and have raced once in a crit. The wheels have held up great for me, especially considering that at 1530 grams, they are one of the lightest clincher sets out there.
SORRY TO SAY BUT MAVIC KSYRIUMS ARE THE WAYBDBike
Mar 21, 2002 9:09 AM
I have ridden three different wheelsets, hand built open pros with ultegra, and wheelssmith open pros, and Ksyriums.
Open pros kept breaking spokes.

Never a problem with the ksyriums, hit many a pot hole being in the northeast, I was wondering about Velomax as well but went with the ksyrium much better warranty, for us big guys I am at 230 pounds....
Better warranty?Ian
Mar 21, 2002 10:51 AM
I thought they were both 1 year?
re: Velomax wheelset for heavy people?Jekyll
Mar 21, 2002 9:41 AM
Had a set of Velomax Orions, pretty, light, OK price. Rear started to go out of true after less than 200 miles. Local Velomax dealer tried to true it, would not stay true, I tried to true it, would not stay true. Velomax said send them to us - we are the only people who should be truing it. No thanks. I would rather be riding then checking tracking numbers at the UPS web site.
Dealer said they had the same problem with a bunch of other customers - offered to take the wheels back and give me a refund. Took them up on it and got a set of Ksyriums - 4000 miles, touched the rear up once about 1000 miles ago after a good hit. That's about all I can say about the K's.
Velomax are nicer people to deal with then Mavic but Mavic makes a nicer wheel. BTW, I'm 175lbs.