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Carbon wheelset weight limit question.(7 posts)

Carbon wheelset weight limit question.cydswipe
Sep 20, 2002 4:13 PM
Should riders over 190lbs. even bother considering carbon wheelsets? I'm talking the deep aero rim sets. I ride Rolf Vector Comps. Never have had a problem. I've been thinking about upgrading to a more aero wheelset like Zipps or Hed's, however, I'm a heavier rider. I don't want to waste my money or time. Any advice, other than losing a ton of weight?
re: Carbon wheelset weight limit question.Akirasho
Sep 21, 2002 6:23 AM
ZIPP in particular makes a "Clydesdale" version of some of their wheels... but at 190 (unless you're waaaay over 190), you'd barely qualify.

I've ridden both HED (Stinger 90) and ZIPP (404) tubular wheelsets for a few K with no problems (let's just say, I'm over 200lbs.)

Of course, you could consult with both makers (HED in particular is good about answering emails, albeit, with somewhat brief responses) and "weigh" their recommendations.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
re: 404sStarliner
Sep 21, 2002 12:58 PM
I'm 200 and dream of Zipps now and then but fear I'd break them. What's your spoke count? What kind of riding do you do with them? On a scale of 10, where 0 represents riding very lightly/carefully and 10 represents careless thrashing of equipment, where would you say you fall? I'd be a 4.
re: Carbon wheelset weight limit question.JimP
Sep 21, 2002 2:42 PM
Nimble Crosswinds come in a clydsdale version but I weigh about 190 and have been riding on a pair of regular Nimble Crosswinds for 4 years now without any problems.

re: Zipp 303's and no problems...maxxx
Sep 21, 2002 4:01 PM
I have a pair of Zipp 303 clinchers and am about 185 lbs. I can tell you they are great and have had no problems with them even when really hammering them. I think carbon wheels have plenty of head-room for a beating from big guys...
are they race only wheels ??jefajones
Sep 21, 2002 6:32 PM
or do you ride them all the time ? I'm curious as to the number of miles you guys are putting on zipps ?
I've got thousands...biknben
Sep 22, 2002 5:47 PM
I have a pair of '01 Zipp 303s. Last year I'd guess I put about 2,500 miles on them. I used them for everything except nasty weather. This year I used them all the time until I started commuting by bike. I used another set of wheels and got too lazy to keep changing the cassette on days I didn't commute.

They did eventually show signs of wear and tear. I would guess that my 303s have about 3,500-4,000 miles on them. I have rebuilt the rear once after I broke a spoke. I've also had to replace the bearings in the cassette body. The carbon rim and braking surface is fine.

Last year I thought they were awesome and bombproof. Now, I've realized that they really aren't apprpriate for everyday riding and just use them for events or when I want to use my best stuff.