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Aug 24, 2002 5:56 PM
I am looking to buy a set of wheels for riding primarily, occasional racing. I am fairly large at 210 lbs. Currently riding Mavic CXP 21s that came with ride. Want something durable. Hoping for some ideas, pros and cons, etc. Thanks.
re: the ubiquitous Open Pro/Ultegra combo...Akirasho
Aug 24, 2002 6:08 PM
... there are so many options out there... and most of them valid... that for simplicity's sake... I'll just mention this favorite.

Pros... proven over time.
Cons... given your criteria... none.
Etcs... you might already know another rider who has a set. Perhaps you could borrow them and see for yourself.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
They certainly are ubiquitous.Leisure
Aug 24, 2002 9:08 PM
If you're running Campy you can go for any hub Centaur/Daytona and above.

Whatever you get, I suggest two or three cross lacing for best hub longevity (and in my opinion slightly better feel), and handbuilt.
Bontrager Fairlaine or other assymetric rearoff roadie
Aug 25, 2002 1:42 PM
When I replaced a dinged rear rim, I used a Bontraiger Fairlaine OSB. Assymetric rims are great for heavy / strong riders because they result in wheels with much more even spoke tension in the rear. Mine is built with 32 14/15 spokes, and is super strong. I have no fear bunny hopping it, and wouldn't hesitate to use a similarly built wheel for cyclocross. I only weigh 185 lbs, but I generally over-build my stuff.

The Bontrager Fairline isn't really porky, but its generally considered a touring rim. Then again, a toring rim for somebody who weighs 150 is pretty much right on as a road rim if you weigh 210. At your weight a 36 spoke wheel (the Fairline comes both ways) might be better for ultra-milage longevity than the 32. Either way, lace both sides 3 cross. I'd avoid wheelsmith DB14's for a 32 spoke rear, since the center is actually closer to 16 gauge than 15.

I'm pretty sure Ritchey also makes an assymetric version of thier Aero Pro road rim, if having a rim over 20mm wide bugs you. Others might also be out, though it seems they are more common for XC mtb.

For the front, any good 32 spoke 2 cross or 3 cross setup on a sturdy (not super light) rims should do fine if well built. If you go with an unusually sturdy rim (the Velocity Deep V is the king here, IMO) then 28 spokes should do fine. Wheelsmith DB14's would be very good up here, just to save a few grams and soften the hand-shock a bit. This all may seem svelte compared to the front, but rear wheels support about 50% more weight (40/60 is typical) and take extra stess from pedaling and dish.

I didn't mention hubs, becuase I've never had a hub failure or felt any difference between diffrent hubs. Basic maintenance is more important than any marketing techno hype. Shimno 105 and better are all sturdy, afaik. Just don't lace them radial, and make sure the wheels are well built.

If the weight of this concerns you for racing, consider that its probably only going to weigh 20% more than some of the lightest racing wheels people use. You probably weigh a lot more than 20% more than most racers, and produce comparably more force on your wheels. Assymetric rears are almost never truely aero rims, but that doesn't matter in a pack.