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Wheels For My Weight

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Hi everyone,

I am currently around 170 kgs and im looking at changing my GIANT XTC2 2010 Wheels for something a little stronger to support my weight..

I want to be able to use the same running gear, same rotors and tyres/tubes and I have no idea what to look for or buy..

Price wise - Doesnt matter to me atm as I will be using it as my daily.. Sold the car! So this is my new hobby/pride and joy!

I have 32 spoke rim currently and it seems as though the rear wheel will only last me another 1000 kms or so from the bike shop said..

So i need to know a good rim package that can be bought off the shelf. Something light by very strong!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Welcome to the boards!

We have a good number of clydes (riders over 200lbs) that ask about stock wheels and beginning riders are usually OK with stock wheels. Your case may be different, but 'it depends'. I have been as heavy as 300lbs myself and build my own wheels as well as for other people, mostly friends and family.

How aggressive are you when trail riding?

Being well over 300lbs, I think you are a good candidate for using some strong 36h rims. And I don't think "off the shelf" really applies to you, although I guess you could choose a set of dh-ish type wheels or burly AM type. Shaquille O'Neal doesn't go to Payless expecting to find a pair of shoes in his size on sale.

For a set that won't melt your wallet (not particularly cheap, but about as cheap as you can go without being somewhat risky), I would look to use parts like these:

Let's start with the rear hub, which is the cornerstone of any clydesdale wheelset. mtnbiker72 is pretty solid on his advice and he has been recommending that clydes on a budget give these a shot. They are 36 hole rear hubs with a solid 10mm qucik release axle and they are on sale right now for $40 (regularly $99):{ts_2011-03-09_22:53:37}-25633675&P=1425

The front hub is not nearly as critical as the rear hub and Shimano XT should be fine for that. You can get them in 36 hole and black (or silver if you wanted) and they are pretty reasonable. Here is an example:

For rims, I would look for something wide and heavy duty. You have several good choices that are fairly heavy duty. I really don't think you need to go to extremes, such as a Kris Holm, Double Tracks, etc. I think the Sun MTX 33 would be fine and not outrageously heavy or expensive (if you shop carefully):

For big guy spokes, I am a fan of these. They are (butted) 13 gauge (2.3) at the j-bend and neck down to 14 gauge (2.0) for the remainder:

One of the places they are sold:

And then some good ol' brass nipples to hold it all together.

Something like that would run you around $220 (plus shipping, taxes, etc.) just for parts. Then you have to get someone to put them together or build them yourself, which is not as difficult as you might think. To have them assembled, is probably going to be $40 or more per wheel.

If you can swing that kind of dough, I think you'd have a wheelset that will last for a long time for about as little as you could hope to spend on a set that addresses your specific needs.

Many times there is more than one way to climb the same mountain, and this is no different. Just try to not include any weak links if you can help it.
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I've had and heard of many heavy people having good luck with Velocity Blunt rims. A bit more expensive, and not sure if they come in a 36h, but maybe worth checking out. I'm 235lbs, but I ride hard, and so far not a single problem with them. Plus they come in many cool colors :thumbsup:
Also, if price is truly not a deterrent, you could go with a rear hub like a Chris King, Hadley, or DT-Swiss 440. The lowest price I have seen lately on a 440 Freeride rear hub was about $300 on sale. Same with the Hadley. A Chris King Heavy Duty rear hub goes for around $400 or so. These hubs are an investment and are something you put on a wheelset that you take with you from bike to bike to bike over many, many years. A relatively high price of admission, but very durable, long lasting and some (the DT-Swiss star ratchet system is for sure) are fairly easy to maintain.

For rims on a price-doesn't-matter but need light(ish) and very strong wheelset, you could go with something like this (Mavic EX 823) which is quite strong, available in 26"x36h and you can run tubeless (with sealant if you like):

Many other strong rims out there if you don't care about ever going tubeless.

Couple that stuff with those Sapim 'strong' 2.3-2.0 butted spokes and you will have a bomber wheelset that's as light and durable as you could hope to have., but your wallet will also be lighter for a while ;). I'm sure you could even spend more if you tried, but I don't see the point unless you're into the 'bling' factor.

That's the other end of this dilemma. Lots of ways to go in between too.
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Jeff mate,

Thank you for all your information. It has proven to be very helpfull.

At present, My front wheel is doing good. I dont think i will really need to replace it. So if i go all out on the rear, that should be fine.

So right now im looking at getting the best Hub and from what your saying id better get a Chris King hub. What size do i need? etc? Sorry i am a beginner with this.. :)
I've heard the Azonic Outlaws are good for heavy people and they are affordable
I would recommend asking this question in the clydesdale forum, since they have hands one experience and will be able to give you better advice.
theonlyway said:
I've heard the Azonic Outlaws are good for heavy people and they are affordable
I've got a pair of Transition Revolution 36 wheels, I hear that they are nearly the exact same. They are great wheels, very strong..but verrrrrrry heavy. I ended up giving them to my brother for his dirt jump bike because of the weight. My Blunt rims are holding up perfectly for me at 235lbs.
I watched a friend of mine fold up a two week old Outlaw wheel on a nothing 'hump'. I am not really impressed with them TBH.

The Chris King, Hadley or DT-Swiss are all excellent IMHO.

The size you want is a 36 hole (if you're going with a 36 hole rim) 135mm rear disc hub with either a 10mm through axle, or 9mm quick release.

I couldn't find anywhere that actually had a black 36h 135mm iso disc rear hub listed as being in stock. . . . .

You might check here:

You might consider the heavy duty option which comes with a stainless steel freehub body, and a heavier axle with 'fun bolts'. That would give you the option to run less expensive cassettes that don't have an aluminum spider (that protects aluminum freehub bodies from cog damage). I have had issues with XT cassettes that have the aluminum spiders and found cassettes like the Shimano CS-M580 hold up quite well to the power that my thundering rhino haunches are capable of delivering ;)

Maybe someone else has a good source with good stock and good pricing.
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