Max rider weight for carbon wheels

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Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby RRalphy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:37 pm

Hi all,

I am looking at getting a set of carbon aero wheels for general riding (weekly rides etc) and for use in some triathalons and wanted to get some opinions on wheels and durability. I am looking at a couple of sets of 50mm carbon wheels with alloy braking surfaces so I don't need to swap around pads and for some added durability etc (looking at shimano rs80 c50, mavic cosmic carbone sl, or campy bullets) if anyone has experience with these any feedback would be appreciated.

However, my main question is regarding my weigh, I am 6'1 and weigh 82kgs will the wheels have any problem coping with my weight? The last thing I want is to spend the money on the wheels and then to have them not last (I have read the above wheels are pretty bulletproof but does this really mean "bulletproof with a 60-70kg rider"?)

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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby Comedian » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:39 pm

I reckon at 82kg you'll be fine. :)

If you're really worried check if they have max weights.
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby Xplora » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:43 pm

I haven't seen anything that prohibits 80kgs in that price category. Don't buy a 1000 gram wheelset, and you'll be fine. 1500 grams seems to take anything.
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby dale79 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:02 am

im 100kg and ride on cosmic carbone SL's.. mostly use them for racing these days but did 600km on them on some rough roads and they are still dead straight.. great wheels
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:15 am

82kgs is nothing, even the most high end super light weapons grade bits out there usually have a limit of 85, you should be just fine.
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby brawlo » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:18 am

At your weight you should be fine. The aluminium brake track wheels are considered to be stronger than pure carbon as well. The strongest will be the wheels that have the carbon as a fairing, where the spokes go through the carbon and attach to the aluminium rim. Full carbon is also an option. I came across a post from a guy at 300lbs on the RBR carbon wheels forum that got a 32/32 spoke set. When he weighed them they came in heavier than normal suggesting a custom style rim with more carbon or resin.

Check out Flo cycling wheels. They're a NKOTB, very cheap and although not many reviews, they seem to be good. Zipp also do heavier riders, and used to do a dedicated clyde build.
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby grnis200 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:08 pm

Ridden 6000+kms on 50mm carbon tubs and I'm 6"1' / 82kgs.

Personally I think a 60kg rider who rides heavy/rough is more of a problem than 100kg riders who ride softly and avoid potholes and the like.
Go for it.

(Although I would recomend carbon tubs over 50mm alu rim clicnhers for anything other than Beach Road; the weight penalty is not worth the aero benefit IMO.)
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Re: Max rider weight for carbon wheels

Postby scotto » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:12 pm

100kg, 60mm carbon clinchers (farsports i believe) . 20/24 spopke count
no worries.
each brand has its set weight limit.
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