Technical FAQ: Wheel recommendations for heavy rider

What road wheels do you recommend for a 250-pound rider?

Dear Lennard,

I am 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weigh about 250 pounds. Do you have any recommendations on what type of road wheels to get?

My questions must include:

  • How many spokes?
  • What size spokes?
  • What type of rims?
  • Any places to look up information concerning this subject?
  • What type of hubs to get?


Dear John,

I’d do DT TK 7.1 rims, 36-hole, with 14/15-gauge butted spokes and brass nipples with any of a number of hubs. Chris King, Campy Record, Dura-Ace, and many others are all nice.

You could also do 36-spoke Mavic CXP30 rims. It isn’t as strong, but it is lighter. In prebuilt wheels, the most reliable road wheel we’ve found for a rider your size is the Mavic Ksyrium Elite.

You might find information on some of the Clydesdale forums online, but rarely is there a mention of road wheels on them. My own site – – of course, always has information on equipment for big and tall riders.