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wheels for heavier rider(10 posts)

wheels for heavier riderlatindork
Jul 1, 2002 11:45 AM
i'm a heavier rider (200 lbs.) who just had his rear wheel go D-shaped on him. three rear spokes broke in the middle of my ride today. i therefore have 3 questions:
1. is the breakage a possible result of my being too heavy for my POS wheels which came stock on my Giant OCR 3?
2. is it better to try and fix the wheels or just go after new ones?
3. are there wheels that are designed particularly for heavier riders?
if i decide to get new wheels, i want them to last longer than the 10 months i got out of my old ones. any suggestions on my plight?
re: wheels for heavier riderMXL02
Jul 1, 2002 11:53 AM
I am in your boat, even down to having the same problem. When I called Campy to ask which wheels to order, they told me: Gotta go custom-
1) 36 spoke 4x rear, 32 spoke 3x front
2) CXP 33 rims
Mine are fairly light and bomb proof.
re: wheels for heavier riderjromack
Jul 1, 2002 12:03 PM
Breakage may be due to not keeping up with tension/truing. More weight puts more stress on the wheels.

If you didn't damage the rims, you can relace in a 3 cross pattern.

I weigh 190 and use Mavic Ksyrium Elites.
re: wheels for heavier riderJimP
Jul 1, 2002 12:22 PM
I think you had too many spokes in your wheels to start with! I have gone down to 3 spoke wheels four years ago and haven't had any spoke breakage since and they don't go out of true. Nimble is now making wheels for riders up to 280 lbs so real sized people don't have to feel left out. I weigh 190 normally and am riding the standard Nimble Crosswind. Give them a call and they will recommend which wheel is best for you. 1-800-531-6331
re: wheels for heavier riderSnowBlind
Jul 1, 2002 1:37 PM
I weight 225 and have OpenPro's with 32 14/15 DT Revos 3x. No real problems with truing and have not broken a spoke yet.
New wheels is one of the best ways to improve your ride for the least amount of money.
re: wheels for heavier riderPatM
Jul 1, 2002 1:44 PM
What Kind of wheels were they ?
I am at 210 and have a set of Velocity Aeroheads 3x 36 hole 14g spokes no problems. I also have a pair of open 4cd(open pro) 32-3x rear 28 front 14/15g spokes which I built myself - hows that for trust ? and have had no problems, I don't ride those everyday just for fast training/crits/races
re: wheels for heavier riderlatindork
Jul 1, 2002 1:47 PM
they are alexrims DR 13.
i think POS should be added to their official name.
re: wheels for heavier riderindianabob
Jul 1, 2002 8:00 PM
I vary from 205lbs to 225, and have had a pair of Mavic Elite Classics (I think they're called classics SSC or something now), and have found them to be bomb proof.

I've also got a set of velomax orion comps and haven't had any problems with them, but have only about 600 miles on them.

One thing I've discovered as a big rider over the past 15 years is that straight pull spokes are the way to go. I've had lots of good custom builds, including reduced dished rear wheels on high flange hubs, and always find that the standard spokes (like DTs) always break sooner or later at the bend.

Hope this helps
re: wheels for heavier riderRULY
Jul 2, 2002 6:00 AM
I'm 215lbs,6'2 and the has the same problem.I build my wheelset with Alex390 rims,36 rear,32 front in 3x pattern wiht DT 14 spokes and resolve my problems.Nashbar has this rims in $19.95 special.
re: wheels for heavier rideraliensporebomb
Jul 2, 2002 10:37 AM
Thanks for the encouraging responses here. I'm wanting to
get into this but was riding a ten year old Schwinn World
Sport and was constantly breaking spokes on the rear wheel
at the hub. It was abandoned by a friend who skipped town
and I sort of inherited it. I'd been a mountain biker and
suddenly the roadie bug bit hard.

I started off at 235 lbs and as I rode more I lost weight, I got down to 215 or so but was still breaking spokes.

It wasn't bunny hopping or anything stupid like that but I suspect part of it was cheap components and the fact that
when I'd go to the big chainring in the rear the chain
would whack into the spokes causing a lot of stress I suspect.

I'm getting a new ride soonly and will be looking carefully
if I need to drop some more weight (can't hurt) in order to
lessen the possibility of running into more broken spokes.