Chubby Clyde Looking At These Wheels...Bombproof?
I know I need 32 or 36h, and I have heard nothing but great things about the Mavic Open Pros, but am not sure about the hubs.
I am just starting out on a used 2004 Specialized Allez 61cm, and don't think the Alex wheels are gonna cut it @ 290#!!
Should I consider dropping the dime on these? Don't get too excited guys, they are sub $200 wheels.
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I think for your weight you should get stiffer rims than the OP. Something like Kinlin 300 or DT Swiss R585 or Mavic CXP33.
Just as important will be the quality of the build itself - and that's something of a crapshoot with an e-bay purchase. Those Champion spokes are not the ones to use either - use DT Competition or Sapim Race. The thinner center section makes for more shock absorption and less stress on spoke elbows - the place where they fatigue and break.
If you want a sturdy wheelset with 105 then look at BWW's beefy wheels using their Pure Tour rim. It's the same depth (30mm) as the Kinlin and CXP30. The depth provides rigidity -
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I don't think the Open Pro rims are ideal either. As Mike T said, deeper rims are stronger. You can also go with wide rims such as DT Swiss TK540, Velocity Synergy, or Velocity Dyad.
I weigh half what you do and I have stopped using Open Pros because they break (admittedly it takes 6000 miles or so but that's only about 9 months for me).
Those BWW pure tour wheels look like they'd be perfect. 105 hubs are decent quality, just a little heavier than ultegra or DA.
Honestly? I've had great luck with Sun CR18s (if you're using 700x25 or larger) on the cheap end and DT Swiss RR465s on the higher end.
(P.S. I weigh more than you and have many thousands of miles on a pair of Mavic Aksiums and a pair of Campy/Sun CR18s. Most skinny dudes will freak and tell you that you need massive wheels with shitloads of spokes and steel girder rims. It just ain't true. Safer? Yes. Need? No. Easton wheels, for instance, are tested for over 300 pounds.)
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I'm about the same weight. I ride up to 5000 miles per year.
Those hubs will be fine, but I'd recommend Velocity Fusion, Dyad, or Deep-V rims, 36 spokes in the rear, at least 32 in the front. I ride Shimano hubs with no problems. I have that same hub on my commuter, as a matter of fact.
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