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Is stupid light OK for light rider?(6 posts)

Is stupid light OK for light rider?pessot
May 17, 2003 5:13 AM
I'm thinking about buying a wheelset made from
28H Record hubs, Ritchey Aero Pro Rims and DT14/17 spokes.
My calculations put these at just under 1600 grams.
I've read the many comments about avoiding stupid light.
My question is, if I only weigh 125 lbs., should I
be worried about stupid light here or are these wheels
fine for those of us gravitationally challenged?
These would be my main wheels for everyday riding.

re: Is stupid light OK for light rider?The Human G-Nome
May 17, 2003 5:47 AM
you way a 125lbs. bamboo wouldn't flex under your weight. go for it. these wheels will last depending more on their craftmenship then their weight. of course, you're going to find 50 people on this site telling you to avoid the boutique wheels all together and just buy your record hubs on Mavic Open Pros. you've been warned.
Record w/ Ritchey rims not boutiquewilsonc
May 17, 2003 6:29 AM
1600 grams isnt stupid light, and Record with Ritchey rims are not boutique wheels. I agree that wheel integrity depends more on how well they are built/designed rather than components. A good strong build that should last years would be:
Rear: 14/15 2 or 3 cross on the drive side, 14/17 radial (heads out) non-drive side.
Front: radial through 3 cross... it really doesnt matter.
Record w/ Ritchey rims not boutiqueweiwentg
May 17, 2003 9:46 AM
for the front, Campy won't warranty a radial-laced hub. occasionally you may see the flange breaking, as radial lacing will stress the flange more.
if you want wheels that are a) stupid light and b) can be ridden everyday, try Am Classic road hubs with Interloc Cadence rims. see Mike Garcia (the owner of the site) comes highly recommended from MTBR. I've never bought a set, but I've spoken to him and he seems like a nice guy.
the Am Classic hubs are warrantied for radial lacing as their flanges are quite thick.
Think of it this way...timfire
May 17, 2003 10:30 AM
If you set up a weight-to-spoke-count ratio...

[125+20lbs(for the bike)] / 28h =

(180+20lbs) / 38h or
(200+20lbs) / 42h (rough estimates)

That's more than you need for a bombproof wheel. At your weight I doubt you will ever have to worry about wheel strength.

do it...but find a good wheelbuilderjsbx
May 17, 2003 12:45 PM
I have a set of 24 hole Dura Ace/Velocity Aerohead wheels with DT bladed spokes that were originally my race wheels but are so durable that I just leave them on my bike. I weigh 128. These wheels probably have over 12,000 miles on them. Last year, I loaned the back wheel out to a 200lb match sprinter friend for about a month, and didn't even need to have it trued when I got it back. A good builder is just as important as the parts in building a strong wheelset.