Hey guys, I' like to get a spare wheelset for the CX season, and to use there after on the road, etc. and I need some advice. I'm 200lbs, Cat 4, and I need to keep this wheelset cheap, ie, a used set but I'll need disc hubs plus I'm running tubeless. I have not seen much discussion on wheels for the big guys, so what are some recommendations?
Yeah, I'm basically looking for what to avoid. I actually have a set of Iron Cross wheels now for the race setup. I taco'd the front wheel on my second ride, but afterward my wheel guy has a put a bit more tension on the laceup (+1 lbs all around). It was too bad that I had already dropped bank on the set, otherwise I may have gone another route. After a bit of dial in with tires, pressures, etc, I think now they are going to be solid. It wasn't until I researched on the Stan's forum that I found that they have a 45psi max, and a 200lbs rider max......living on the edge I guess but I may put them up for sale once I find a different wheelset.
Thanks for the advice and feedback.
So is there a consensus that Iron Cross wheels come badly built? I just got a new set and am about to do my first race Saturday... I'm 180lb... gulp. One thing else I was expecting a 10spd hub but I think mine is 11spd - I put a surly spacer kit on anyways but thinking if I ever do gears I've got the wrong wheel. It was not clear where I bought it it was going to be 11spd.
Maybe I should be preemptive and take them to a shop to tighten them up a bit?
I'll check my spokes and trueness tomorrow. I've got three good rides on them so far. I ride single speed so do put some heft on them. Will expand my wheel search to include 29ers. I also saw some 26mm wide rim ones.
My wheels say "Comp" which are the cheaper/heavier ones with higher spoke count at least! 195lb max rider. The "Pro" are 185lb. Still a little close for my comfort (just weighed myself at 175). I just bought them as a great deal ($525 - 20%) and had read good things.
Checked them today and they are straight still. I now have Ravens mounted instead of my Mud 2. I am going to look for another pair for training. Putting the Ravens on them is not the easiest - having a second set of wheels would be nice. I think I'll go to my LBS and see what they can build or maybe choose a well-known builder online.
Mike, at 175 you should be ok. I'd have the LBS tighten the spokes, 1 lb more than stock, then have them lock tight the nipples.