Following a wipeout on the trail, (after the sound of chirping birds left my head), I rolled back to base, rather wobbly, noticing along the way that my wheel was out of true.
Took it back to my LBS, who recommended getting wider tires for better tracking and stability on the trail, along with DT Swiss EX500 rims. We decided on Bontrager XR4 Expert tires, 2.35 wide. Previous tires were 2.10. I'm running Mavic 717 rims.
My mech trued the front rim and put on the rubber. There was a mix up, because I simply made a comment about it being pricey to get the DT Swiss rims (only one Mavic was damaged, but would have swapped them both out), rubber, and spokes. I was expecting the whole package.
So what I have is my original rims, one being trued, fitted with the XR4's. Mavic don't recommend going as wide as 2.35 (their site recommends 1.00 to 2.10 range of tire width).
Should I give it a go, and see how they feel, or is it a mismatch? Do I need the beefier rims? Is rider weight an issue when choosing rims? I'm about 97 kg.
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