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Clydesdale Wheels

Postby LOW2000 » October 3rd, 2013, 1:18 pm

I'd like to learn a little more about the pros and cons and necessity of clydesdale wheels. I am usually around 200lbs @ 6'4". I've been as low as 180 for a race, and sometimes during CrossFit and strength training will be up to maybe 206-210.

Are the additional spokes on the clydes build purely for weight support, or do they also increase lateral and rotational stiffness of the wheel for better power transmission for those of us with the ability to put lots of power down?

If you're borderline between the 2 weights, should you err on the side of the stronger wheel or is there enough of a margin built into the standard wheel to accomodate?

Will the clydes wheel make for a more uncomfortable/buzzy/stiff ride experience?
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Re: Clydesdale Wheels

Postby Chris Thornham » October 4th, 2013, 7:15 pm

Great questions. I've done my best to answer them below in bold.


LOW2000 wrote:I'd like to learn a little more about the pros and cons and necessity of clydesdale wheels. I am usually around 200lbs @ 6'4". I've been as low as 180 for a race, and sometimes during CrossFit and strength training will be up to maybe 206-210.

Are the additional spokes on the clydes build purely for weight support, or do they also increase lateral and rotational stiffness of the wheel for better power transmission for those of us with the ability to put lots of power down?

The additional spokes will do all of the above.

If you're borderline between the 2 weights, should you err on the side of the stronger wheel or is there enough of a margin built into the standard wheel to accomodate?

We recommend the clydesdale build for anyone weighing over 198lbs. We also recommend the clydesdale build for strong riders who are really putting some power into their wheels. You sound like you fit both criteria, so I would without a doubt recommend the clydesdale build for you.

Will the clydes wheel make for a more uncomfortable/buzzy/stiff ride experience?

No not at all. The additional spokes do add stiffness but not an unreasonable amount.



I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Re: Clydesdale Wheels

Postby LOW2000 » October 5th, 2013, 7:49 pm

Thanks for taking the time Chris, that definitely helps me buy the wheel that is right for me.
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Re: Clydesdale Wheels

Postby Chris Thornham » October 6th, 2013, 5:41 pm

You are very welcome.

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