How tough are wheels?

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How tough are wheels?

Postby p1tse » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:35 pm

Out on my new bike the wheels are dt swiss branded

Anyone I was navigating through a bad patch of road but then I couldn't swerve past a pothole

I was thinking brace myself, thud as I rode through it and thought oh poor wheel

How tough are wheels?

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby displacedaussie » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:37 pm

On a toughness scale, probably a 7.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby TakeTurns » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:38 pm

Bombproof I've heard.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby Camus » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:41 pm

Come the nuclear holocaust it'll just be the cockroaches scavenging for scraps and the DT Swiss rolling around looking for a purpose.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby p1tse » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:46 pm

New to road cycling so was wandering with some rubbish roads do many members buckle wheels?

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby Monty Dog » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:53 pm

Depends on the quality of the built and whether they are appropriate for use - hit the edge of a deep pothole hard and you will likely pinch-flat the tyre, in bad cases distort or crease the rim, but that's a rare occurrence. An 18st rider riding a 600g wheel is likely to come worse off than a 9 st rider. Learning to unweight or bunny-hop can save you a lot of damage (and ££). It's a good reason to ride stronger, heavier wheels and tyres in winter rather than trashing your best wheels.
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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby wheezee » Sun Jan 06, 2013 23:24 pm

When the magazines say "bombproof", I'm pretty sure they're meaning conventional ordnance, and IEDs.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby mbthegreat » Mon Jan 07, 2013 00:13 am

Tough as nails...

...tyres on the other hand are significantly less tough than nails, so keep avoiding those nails.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby Scotty-Gee » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:16 pm

Check Martyn Ashtons Road Bike Party if you were in any doubt of how tough they are.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby keef66 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:30 pm

Tougher than you'd imagine. I do a lot of night riding and can't always see exactly what I'm riding over when traffic's coming the other way. I have Shimano RS10's and have hit some pretty big potholes, some of them at speed, and one impact so violent I felt that I'd broken my wrist. Worst damage has been a couple of pinch flats when I hadn't topped up my tyres pre ride, and a tiny dent in the rim which I've smoothed out with a file.

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Re: How tough are wheels?

Postby markos1963 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 16:02 pm

A couple of seasons ago during a club ride the guy in front of me came down hard. I had nowhere else to go but over his front wheel, a Mavic Elite, luckily I stayed upright but I was very worried for his wheel. Upon closer inspection not only was his wheel intact and true but it wasn't even scratched!


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