Technical FAQ: Wheel recommendations for heavy rider
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?
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 – www.zinncycles.com – of course, always has information on equipment for big and tall riders.