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Looking for a better wheel for my Roubaix SL4 Expert. I am riding about 125 miles a week in mixed flat and rolling hills. Trouble is I weigh around 235 and I am having a hard time finding something that may support me. I have thought about having something made up but would prefer to have a factory warranty. My preference is for a non aero rim but would really like to have everyones input.

Does anything exist that is <1600 and still durable in this class? Thanks.
 

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Looking for a better wheel for my Roubaix SL4 Expert. I am riding about 125 miles a week in mixed flat and rolling hills. Trouble is I weigh around 235 and I am having a hard time finding something that may support me. I have thought about having something made up but would prefer to have a factory warranty. My preference is for a non aero rim but would really like to have everyones input.

Does anything exist that is <1600 and still durable in this class? Thanks.
A good wheel builder will stand behind their work if you go custom.
 

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A hand built wheelset will still have a warranty from the builder for his/her labor and then for the components used to build the wheel. If the terrain is rolling and flat, weight might not be the right focus. I live in an area that is mostly rolling with no real climbs and I find that taller, more aero wheels fit the bill. I weigh about the same as you and have no problem with my Cosmic Carbones, Campy Zonda's, or any of my 32 spoke handbuilt wheelsets. A friend has a set of Fulcrum Quattros that come in a little over 1700g with 35mm rims and oversized hubs. They come in Shimano/SRAM freehubs and are <$400 at Ribble.
 

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Or you can get a pair of Shimano 9000 C24 wheels, which have no weight limit, are backed by Shimano, are more aero than most all box rim wheels, and are suitably lightweight at just under 1400 grams. And Shimano wheels need no introduction to reliability.
 

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Looking for a better wheel for my Roubaix SL4 Expert. I am riding about 125 miles a week in mixed flat and rolling hills. Trouble is I weigh around 235 and I am having a hard time finding something that may support me. I have thought about having something made up but would prefer to have a factory warranty. My preference is for a non aero rim but would really like to have everyones input.

Does anything exist that is <1600 and still durable in this class? Thanks.
At your weight, the main performance feature to consider is durability. Shaving a couple hundred grams off wheel weight will have essentially no effect on performance. Wheel failure will. You can get a custom durable build with any number of combinations of components. Shaving weight on wheels is pretty meaningless for you.
 

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A good wheel builder will stand behind their work if you go custom.
Yep, and +1.

And another nice thing is that you can get exactly what you want.
 

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Another thing to consider is, does the original poster ride fast enough for the 'aero' in an aero wheelset to really matter?

If not, then perhaps lightness should be prioritized, at least up to the point it can be for a 235-pound rider, anyway.

Lightness in wheels only really matters when accelerating and climbing, but gosh, a wheelset that spins up easily sure does feel good, and puts a smile on your face.
 

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Guys I am not setting any land-speed records. My lastest 20 mile ride I averaged 17.1. I was pretty proud of that number for me.

What started this was reading my manual and seeing I was over the weight limit for mt dt axis 4.0 wheels. My budget is between $1000-$2000.
 

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Guys I am not setting any land-speed records. My lastest 20 mile ride I averaged 17.1. I was pretty proud of that number for me.

What started this was reading my manual and seeing I was over the weight limit for mt dt axis 4.0 wheels. My budget is between $1000-$2000.
If that's your speed (which isn't too bad, really, it's just that aero wheels are more aimed at racers or fast club riders, i.e. ppl faster than you), then my take on it is that I'd prioritize durability and (reasonable) light weight.

You could get a set of custom-built wheels that'd do that for you, and they probably could be had for around $500, i.e. well below your budget.

Also, if you go with the new wider rims, handling might be improved as well.
 

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I weigh 215lbs and had the same issue with wheel sets. Finally decided on custom built HED C2 Belgium rims, White Industry T11 Hubs, DT Swiss Competition Spokes (24 in the front and 28 in the rear). Went with a local shop for the build, they match the average online price of $750.

Been riding on them for 3 months now and they are unbelievably smooth over rough roads and stay perfectly true. Also, my Strava times have improved with this wheel set.

With the 23c sized GP4000's it rides like a tubular (just like the specs said it would do). White Industry T11's are a bargain for the way they look and perform. The 24/28 spoke config, I get no flex when I put the hammer down on sprints at my weight. I was thinking about getting 28/32 but my mechanic felt it was overkill and unnecessary added weight. Overall, I could not be more happier with this wheel set. :thumbsup:
 

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I think i am going to get a Boyd Cycling Vitesse clincher with 24/28 spoke to carry the weight. Anybody have any experience with these?
My newbie-ish take:

I haven't actually owned these (so wait to hear from someone who has), but looking at the specs, they're not bad. The price is reasonable/you're not vastly overpaying for some exotic carbon aero wheelset that isn't really going to help you given your riding speeds. At 1600g or so, the weight is reasonable too, and you're below the 240 lb weight limit listed for the 24/28 spoke version (albeit only slightly).

Also, they're wide rims too, which many ppl would say is a plus, especially for you given your weight (i.e. optimally you'll be running wider tires than 23mm, and wide rims are a good match for those).

The one thing I like a little less is that they seem to still be oriented towards the aero side of things, i.e. somewhat heavy rims (500g each) and maybe less spokes than you'd associate with a 235 lb rider. Those two things are related, because if you have fewer spokes, you then usually have to have a heavier, stiffer rim to compensate/to have adequate strength. The point of fewer spokes is to be more aero, but you're then putting more weight on the perimeter of the wheel with that heavier rim, which makes the wheel a bit harder to spin up/accelerate. You get the idea.

If you went custom, you could get a wheelset with somewhat lighter but still fairly strong rims (like Pacenti SL23, H Plus Son Archetypes, HED C2) and maybe a few more spokes, like 28/32. The overall weight would probably wind up being almost the same (unless you sprung for some sorta-pricey, very light hubs), but the wheels would be a bit easier to spin up/accelerate. Which feels good. :)

It's really up to you... the Vitesses do seem to be closer to the ballpark of what would work better for you than what you were considering previously, and they're reasonably-priced. But if it were me, I'd still go custom.


(one other thing: if you do go custom (or factory-wheelset, for that matter), make sure your tires of choice are not extremely difficult to mount on your rims of choice (I'd think a shop or local wheelbuilder would let you do this to see). There's a few tire/rim combos are just really a bear to mount, which can be highly frustrating out on the road, obviously, or could even end your ride after a flat altogether. :( )
 
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