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    Most durable rim/wheel for 27.5'' e-bike

    Hi guys -

    I've got a customer who weights 260 and commutes on his e-bike about 40 miles/day 5 days/week. He's blown up his rear wheel, and I'm building him a new one.

    What's the burliest 27.5 rim you're aware of? Any recommendations?

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    what's on the front?

    32h?

    tubeless?

    is he curb hopping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by masont View Post
    Hi guys -

    I've got a customer who weights 260 and commutes on his e-bike about 40 miles/day 5 days/week. He's blown up his rear wheel, and I'm building him a new one.

    What's the burliest 27.5 rim you're aware of? Any recommendations?
    Probably something designed for downhill or enduro mountain biking like this:

    https://www.dtswiss.com/en/products/.../enduro/e-512/

    https://www.wtb.com/collections/650b...frequency-team

    And laced with no less than 32 spokes and brass nipples. 36 spokes would be preferable, but that's a hard find in this size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by masont View Post
    Hi guys -

    I've got a customer who weights 260 and commutes on his e-bike about 40 miles/day 5 days/week. He's blown up his rear wheel, and I'm building him a new one.

    What's the burliest 27.5 rim you're aware of? Any recommendations?
    What is the cause of the failure? The problem you have is that the key to durability is more spokes, and you're stuck with the e-hub (I assume). Agree with the suggestion to look for MTB rims, and assume that heavier will be more durable. Not always true but it's about all you have to go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    What is the cause of the failure? The problem you have is that the key to durability is more spokes, and you're stuck with the e-hub (I assume). Agree with the suggestion to look for MTB rims, and assume that heavier will be more durable. Not always true but it's about all you have to go on.
    He's started blowing spokes. Rim is bent, no way to have even tension and a true rim, etc.

    It's a mid-drive. I can build him up anything I want, as long as it's 27.5. Stock hub is 32h, I could reuse - I've seen some e-bike specific wheels, but no rims with a thicker spoke bed, etc.

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