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    Weight limit for carbon wheels

    Looking at the Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc. It comes with Roval C38 carbon wheels. I weigh 215-220 on any given day. Do these wheels have a weight limit? I never even thought of it until I saw a weight limit of 240 given for a different set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightning33 View Post
    Looking at the Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc. It comes with Roval C38 carbon wheels. I weigh 215-220 on any given day. Do these wheels have a weight limit? I never even thought of it until I saw a weight limit of 240 given for a different set.
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    Roval wheelsets with carbon rims are designed for a maximum rider weight of 240lbs (109kg). Our alloy wheelsets, however, do not have a weight limit."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Here:

    https://rovalcomponents.com/pages/fr...sked-questions

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    Roval wheelsets with carbon rims are designed for a maximum rider weight of 240lbs (109kg). Our alloy wheelsets, however, do not have a weight limit."



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    Thanks. I did see that. I must have gotten confused with a different set.

    Are the rider limits conservative? I know I would be 20# less than their limits, but it seems a tight tolerance to me. Maybe it doesnít matter.

    I apologize for getting my wheel sets mixed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightning33 View Post
    Thanks. I did see that. I must have gotten confused with a different set.

    Are the rider limits conservative? I know I would be 20# less than their limits, but it seems a tight tolerance to me. Maybe it doesnít matter.

    I apologize for getting my wheel sets mixed up.
    And obviously this should be posted elsewhere...I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightning33 View Post
    Are the rider limits conservative? I know I would be 20# less than their limits, but it seems a tight tolerance to me. Maybe it doesnít matter.
    I'll pretend this was posted in the Wheels and Tires forum. The weight limits are arbitrary. Some folks "ride light" and rarely experience wheel problems despite their weight, while others just can't seem to dodge trash, unweight for railroad tracks, hit every pothole, etc. And it should be clearly obvious that the tires would not work fine for someone who weighs 239 lb. and disintegrate under the weight of someone at 241 lb.

    A question you should be asking yourself is whether you think whatever advantages these wheels might offer you would be worth the implied reduction in durability. People have differing opinions on this cost/benefit question. I weigh 175-180 lb. would never ride wheels with a weight limit because I don't think worrying about wheel durability is a good way to spend my emotional energy. YMMV

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    My carbon rims and the alloy rims before them, both Bontrager, have no weight limit. Do I believe that? No. However, I feel confident that my weight of 230 pounds is not a threat to either of the rims mentioned. Although not the same thing but related my carbon rims have an unconditional two-years guarantee that if the tire is damaged or fails for ANY reason Trek/Bontrager will replace them free of charge.

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