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I have a Trek 4500. I weigh 225 lbs. I have been told to get 32h or 36h laced 3 cross for my weight. I'm not sure what to buy. I am looking at the Ringle Hubs Sun Rhyno wheelset from JensonUSA. It says they have 6 bolt int'l. standard disc brake rotor mounts and are 9 speed cassette compatible. Will this work on my v-brake setup and 8 speed??? Are these wheels beefy to hold my weight? I ride fairly aggressive XC.
 

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I have a Trek 4500. I weigh 225 lbs. I have been told to get 32h or 36h laced 3 cross for my weight. I'm not sure what to buy. I am looking at the Ringle Hubs Sun Rhyno wheelset from JensonUSA. It says they have 6 bolt int'l. standard disc brake rotor mounts and are 9 speed cassette compatible. Will this work on my v-brake setup and 8 speed??? Are these wheels beefy to hold my weight? I ride fairly aggressive XC.
If you have V brakes you dont need 6 bolt hubs, I guess you could upgrade later, the 6 bolt hubs you mentioned are for disc brakes. They will work for your setup as long as the rims are sun rhyno lites. A 9sp hub will also hold an 8 sp hub.

If you want something that will last, you need to spend a little more and consider getting some handmade wheels. 36 spoke wheels are great for heavier riders like us but not necessary most times. I am 215# and run 28spk front and 32 hole rear. You would do well with a 32 f and 36 rear but depends on how aggresive you ride. I broke a lot of cheap machine made wheels before I started building my own. Now I only break one a year, and its usually the rim that fails or me crashing into a tree....You need a rim that weighs 450g+. The liter rims dont hold up to well for big folks. Try the mavic f519 rim, Shimano XT or Hope XC hubs and Wheelsmith DB spokes 14/15.
 

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Thank you much. I appreciate all of the great information. Now I have a direction to go in. Happy Trails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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