Hello everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read this and offering your feedback.
I have been riding my Giant Trance 1 for about 3 1/2 months now and had my first "serious" crash yesterday. It happened as I was riding through a dip section on a local trail here in South Carolina. The bottom of the dip looked to be smooth, just like the 10 or so I had already rolled through, but as I rode down into it, the front wheel slammed into a deep rut which was filled with and covered in pine needles (didn't realize this until I surveyed the accident scene), and tossed me off the bike. Just a few cuts and scratches on my end, but when I picked up the bike, I saw that the front rim was severely mangled. I figured it was probably beyond repair, but just to be safe, and not create additional damage I pushed the bike out.
I took the bike to my LBS today and they said the rim was "Taco'd" and that it would need to be replaced. In most cases, this would be no big deal. HOWEVER...
I happen to be in the Clydesdale category as I weigh about 260 lbs. I ride mostly singletrack trails like those found at Harbison State Forest, FATS, Lynch’s Woods, etc…
So, here is my dilemma. The stock rims on this bike are WTB Speed disc, which apparently is their entry level wheelset. Because of my size, I was told that I may need to consider upgrading to DH or FR rims/wheels anyway. But this is where I run into a problem.
I was hoping, I could just buy a two new WTB Laserdisc (their better set) DH or FR rims, and lace them to my current hubs DT Swiss (probably run 150ish?). However, after further investigation, it appears my current rims/hubs are 28 spokes. The DH and FR rims are 32 or 36. Okay, so I guess that is not an option, perhaps I'll just get the full wheelset. Problem again, it seems that any of the DH/FR wheelsets in my price range... Say either the Laserdisc FR or the Mavic Deetrax for example, are a through axle wheel. The Trance with a Reba Race fork needs a Quick Release size/style wheelset.
SO, my question is this. Is the only way for me to get a beefy, strong, DH/FR wheelset to buy a bigger fork with through axle?? Is there an adapter or way to convert these types of wheels to a QR style? I was hoping I didn't need to spend 6-700 dollars on a wheelset right now. I suppose I can just replace it with a Laserdisc XC rim and bypass the whole DH/FR wheel idea, but I wanted to explore all my options and be sure I don't run into a similar problem again with a light weight rim unable to support my size.
Sorry for the long post and if this has already been covered, but it helps to write it out as I think about it. Plus, being new to the sport and still trying to learn about bikes and components, I wasn't prepared to face this problem so soon. Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer help, suggestions, or advice.
Thanks again for the help everyone.
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