Advice for a Clyde
I go about 242 pounds and looking for new wheelset.
I am pretty much down to these
1. Black Flag Comp
2. Stans Flow
3. Stans Arch
Stans are about $200 more.
The Stans are rated at 250 pounds and 230 pounds respectively.
No weight limit for Black Flag. I emailed Sun Ringle and they say they do not give weight rating as riding style must be considered.
I dont imagine I'd trash the Arch even though I'm 15 pounds over the limit.
For the same price I can go to the Flow but still no guarantee.
Flow weighs in at about 1/2 pound more. Weight not a major concern for me till I drop 30 pounds off the engine !!
FWIW: I ride cross country and a 1 foot drop is huge to me at the age of 67.
So I don't "need" all mountain wheelset (Flow) but maybe overkill is erring on the side of caution.
db, it actually has more to do with how you ride, but I doubt any of those rims or hubs would be a problem for XC with some small drops. Weights limits are a consideration if the rim is used to its maximum capability, which, from your description, is not your kind of riding. I have not used those rims or wheels, but have used a bunch of others of varying durability, with me weighing 250-290lbs and really beating on wheels. You might do a search separately for the rims and hubs to learn about the durability the components.
But, if you want advice about how big people do on wheels, go to the Clydesdale forum. Lots of big people there, and some have trashed wheels.
If you are going to spend $500 or more for a wheelset, I recommend that you get them custom built. I think you might be able to get better hubs than on those wheelsets, along with building it specifically for you and your riding. And probably a better build. If using the appropriate rims, hubs, and spokes for you and your riding, the build is the most important consideration.
This front wheel from Wiggle is available with a FlowEx or ArchEx and a Hope hub with stainless bearings.
wiggle.com | Hope Hoops Pro2 Evo MTB Front Wheel | MTB Wheels
FlowEx is 25.5mm inside dimension for better tire support.
A hope rear is too noisy for me, I like Dt star ratchets.
I'm the same size and I'm happily riding hard on the WTB i23s.
Same weight as you. My bike came with flows and have lots of rock where I ride. My wheels are still true as first day
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