Road wheels for a heavy rider: wheelbuilder recommendations?
I got some Halo tourer rims (something like £17 each) laced to some Shimano hubs by Webbs of Warmley in Bristol – bombproof for me and I’m close to your weight.
I also have some Planet X Model C wheels on my road bike and they are great too – not flexy like lighter and less-spoked wheels.Posted 6 years agoclubberMember
I’d strongly suggest avoiding factory wheels. the rims are a pain and expensive to replace if you bend them on potholes or similar. plus unless you get a deal, they’re usually less good for the money.
open pros with half decent hubs and db spokes is what I’d recommend.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for all the info, chaps. I’ve had responses from JRA and Harry. JRA suggest Miche Primato hubs/Ambrosio Excellence or DT 465 rims for around 240-270 quid, but Harry suggests Shimano 105/Ultegra hubs with Rigida DP18s for 200/257 depending on hubs.
Thinking I’ll probably go the 105/DP18 route, simply because they look like the most bombproof option, although am v tempted to ask JRA to do Ultegras with Excellences for something lighter. As I’m going to be using these for commuting and general riding, I’m wary of getting anything too heavy.
Decisions, decisions.Posted 6 years agomatthew_hMember
I’m a very similar weight to you, ride on the road and I build wheels too. I used to build at JRA but I’m now at 18 Bikes in Hope. I could definitely help with a wheel build quote for you.
Best bet would might be to ring me at the shop tomorrow (01433 621111) and we can discuss what would be the best bet for you.
MattPosted 6 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
I had a pair of touring rims (sputniks) on xt hubs built for my cross bike – carrying me (16st), the bairn in a child seat and some panniers. Touring specialist in Yorkshire did them – spa cycles I think. Really impressed with them over the potholes, they’ve been spectacularly durable. Not enormous miles, but I have lashed them down some rocky off-road stuff on top of the commuting and they’re great with it.
Nice side-effect is that the rims and tyre combination I have on now is really puncture-proof. Don’t know why, if it’s the wide rim, or the Schwalbe cycloX tyre is just nice and beefy, but it’s been superb for avoiding flats, even on MTB routes. Probably get 3 going to work tomorrow after saying that.Posted 6 years ago
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