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Equation wheel set for a 225 pounder, will they hold up 4me?(5 posts)

Equation wheel set for a 225 pounder, will they hold up 4me?teacherguy
Apr 3, 2002 6:02 AM
I'm considering a Raleigh R600 that has an Equation wheel set. The rims are Alex DA-28 and the hubs are Equation sealed bearing H cut. The Front has 16 spoke (bladed) and the rear is 20 spoked (bladed) Will this be stong enough for a 225-230 pound stud muffin. Thanx
Don't know those wheels, but I do know heavy...retro
Apr 3, 2002 8:45 AM
I have no experience at all with those wheels. But I do have experience at being a 225-pound cyclist, and every time I've tried anything flimsier...sorry, I mean "lighter"...than a pretty standard 32-spoke three-cross with brass nips, I've had trouble with it. FWIW, I'm just an average rider, not a monster, and I try to float rather than bashing the bumps.
re: Equation wheel set for a 225 pounder, will they hold up 4me?xxl
Apr 3, 2002 11:22 AM
Second the first respondent's experience. I'm at 220, give or take a sundae, and every wheel I ride that isn't a beefy 32x3 (minimum) turns on me. Just because, I've been riding 36x4, the way Eddy used to.

If you're racing, go for it, they'll probably make it through the race, but get a "normal" set of wheels too, IMHO.
re: Equation wheel set for a 225 pounder, will they hold up 4me?harry hall
Apr 3, 2002 12:57 PM
210 lb. professional mechanic weighing in: Specific components to look at would be Mavic Open Pro in 36 hole or CXP33's in 32 hole also Velocity Deep Aeros in 32 or 36 and any "reduced dish" or "off center" rim; Ritchey's is good and they produce 32 in a rim that will fit 25c to 28c tires and 32 or 36 in a rim for 32c and wider. DON'T ride any tire narrower than 700 x 23 front and 25 rear, the spoke prescription would be 14/15/14 butted for left rear and both wides front, and straight 14 gauge for the right side of the rear wheel. Alloy nips are harmless everywhere but the right rear where the do not belong for any cyclist and should be considered unsound and irresponsible wheelbuilding.
re: Equation wheel set for a 225 pounder, will they hold up 4me?DrSchu
Apr 4, 2002 12:25 PM
second everything everyone else has said. I am 210 coming down from 230, hopefully on my way to 190. My first wheel set was an inexpensive Mavic - 32 spoke which I trashed within the first 200 miles. I called campy to ask about their factory wheels and they said no chance...they recommended custom wheels with 36 rear and 32 front. Joe Young down here in Texas made me some with Torelli hubs and Mavic CXP-33 rims..they are fantastic. Check out Joe's web site if you want to order some.