Shimano WH RS10 Wheelset



rosborn

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Howdy,

I am going to be purchasing a 2009 Specialized Roubaix Comp that is equipped with Shimano WH RS10 wheels. I don't know anything about these wheels except for a few reviews (complaints) that I have read on the internet. The complaints amount to a handful of people who are dissatisfied with the strength of the spokes and their tendency to break under heavier riders. Guess what . . . . I'm a heavier rider. I'm 6' 3" and weigh about 225 pounds. Let's face it, I'm more of a football player build than a Lance or Levi build. I'm going to give the stock wheels a go but should I be looking for something stronger or will these wheels be okay as long as they are well maintained? For what it's worth, I do plan to change the wheels out at some point in the future and, if at all possible, would like to stick with some make of Shimano - suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Rob
 
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rosborn said:
Howdy,

I am going to be purchasing a 2009 Specialized Roubaix Comp that is equipped with Shimano WH RS10 wheels. I don't know anything about these wheels except for a few reviews (complaints) that I have read on the internet. The complaints amount to a handful of people who are dissatisfied with the strength of the spokes and their tendency to break under heavier riders. Guess what . . . . I'm a heavier rider. I'm 6' 3" and weigh about 225 pounds. Let's face it, I'm more of a football player build than a Lance or Levi build. I'm going to give the stock wheels a go but should I be looking for something stronger or will these wheels be okay as long as they are well maintained? For what it's worth, I do plan to change the wheels out at some point in the future and, if at all possible, would like to stick with some make of Shimano - suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Rob

I would ask the bike shop to swap for some wheels that are more appropriate to you and your riding style. These are not well suited for you at all.
 
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rosborn said:
Any suggestions as to what would be better?

Do they have a wheelbuilder there?
shimano hubs, Ultegra or 105, Mavic CXP-33 rims, laced 36 hole-3 cross, double butted spokes.

These will be marginally heavier than the ones that come on the bike, maybe 200 grams but remember, that's about 1/2 pound on your about 245 some pound riding 'package'. If made well, they won't be stranding you. AND for those that say 32 hole is 'adequate', perhaps but 4 spokes weigh 28 grams per wheel but a 36 h wheel is more reliable. Do 32h for the front if ya gotta, 36h for the rear.
 

BMAFG

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When I started riding -- weighing north of 250 -- I was on CXP-33s on Campy hubs. Bullet proof. Excellent choice. I put almost 8000 miles on those wheels with no broken spokes and no need to true them.

jim