Best Road Bike Wheels for Heavy Riders
What is Important When Seeking the Best Road Bike Wheelsets for Heavy Riders
Wheelsets for Heavy Riders
Heavy road bike riders shouldn’t be so hard on themselves. At ROL Wheels, we think more in terms of “big and powerful,” or “clydesdale riders.” We understand choosing a wheel is a long process, and along the way there are reams of opinions in forum posts about the best road bike wheelsets for heavy riders.
We recognize there is much to be debated such as spoke count, rim width, how the wheel is laced, and carbon vs. alloy. Among the opinions, a few things stand out to us and maybe have to you as well.
Most important is that build quality is paramount above all else. A poorly built 36-spoke wheel isn’t going to hold up versus a quality hand built 24-spoke wheel. How the wheel is manufactured is highly regarded as a significant contributor in enduring potholes and contributing to wheel longevity. At ROL we hand build all our wheels here is the U.S. Our wheels aren’t pulled off a factory line and shipped from overseas. They are built and shipped to you.
The second most important factor is piece of mind. We recognize big and powerful riders have greater skepticism about their wheels and likely have had a bad past experience. We expect Clydesdale riders to be tough on wheels and if something does go wrong, Sean Lambert, the founder and CEO of ROL, has an unprecedented record of customer service. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting long periods of time for repair and Sean understands this. If you read over hundreds of our reviews on RoadBikeReview.com you’ll see that Sean puts people first and stands by his customers.
Finally, we understand it means the most to purchase a wheel with a proven track record of performance. ROL’s SLR, Volant R/T and D’Huez 24/28 are the top rated wheelsets on RoadBikeReview.com. Our wheels accommodate riders up to about 250lbs. Here is what someone folks are saying about out heavy rider wheelsets.
What Our Heavy Riders Say About ROL
I'm a large cyclist 6' 2" and 220 to 235 in weight. I originally ordered the Volants and at first was very pleased with them. They were stiffer and lighter and seemed to get up to speed faster than the stock Open Pro Sports.
I am a heavy rider at 200 lbs. and like to put the power down. I have had them (Race SLR) 11 months and put 2271 miles on them with absolutely NO PROBLEMS.
I am a big guy at 220 lbs. and I crank out some serious wattage. I am one of those guys who ride on "normal gear" and will strip several spokes on a really hard sprint and/or snap top quality chains like there's no tomorrow. These wheels are just as light as the competition but they kick their butts on quality and strength.
$525 - Weight: 1,715g
Taking our award winning Volant and adding four spokes to the front and rear wheels, the R/T wheelset provides the added strength and durability for the larger, more aggressive rider to tackle any terrain.
The Volant's big brother, the R/T is for aggressive riders and those who prefer a stiff yet compliant ride from their wheels. The Volant R/T is a performance wheel for pounding out training miles, slamming industrial park criterium corners or finessing bumpy cyclocross courses. This is also an idea wheel for heavier road bike riders.
Compared to the Volant, we bumped up the spoke count by four on each wheel — a small price to pay for increased stiffness and durability, and the set still comes in just a hair over 1,700 grams.
The Volant R/T wheelset shares its sibling's wide rim, improving tire performance for secure handling and all-day comfort. We hand-build the R/T in the U.S. with our own hubs and double-butted stainless steel DT Competition spokes, an industry standard for lightweight spokes for decades.
Recommended rider weight limit is 109kg/240lbs.
$700 - Weight: 1,595g
With the world-class ride and build spec of the Race SL wheelset which includes wide, aero rim and SAPIM CX-Ray spokes, the added spokes laced to the SLR make it a road bike wheel very much up to the challenges of abusive terrain as well as gravel roads.
The Race SLR wheelset is the big brother to the Race SL alloy clincher wheelset, with the same proprietary hub and wide, aero rim design but with four more Sapim CX Ray spokes per wheel for more aggressive or larger riders or more abusive terrain.
The Race SLR wheelset features the same rim as the Race SL, with its tire-boosting 23mm width and 30mm height, these road bike wheels provide great aerodynamics and stiffness.
Recommended rider weight limit is 109kg/240lbs.
$800 - Weight: 1,475g
The added strength and durability of the new 24/28H D’Huez wheelset make it a natural choice for those who demand the lightweight and wide footprint created by the D’Huez’s wider, race proven rim.
The big brother to the D'Huez 20/24H, we added four more spokes, front and rear, for increased durability and stiffness.
For more aggressive or heavier bike riders and unforgiving roads, the D'Huez 24/28H is a lightweight wheel with all the advantages of our groundbreaking D'Huez rim: wider for improved tire performance and aerodynamics and tubeless-tire compatibility.
Like its sibling, the D'Huez 24/28H features industry standard SAPIM CX-RAY spokes and our own spoke-coddling hubs for thousands of trouble-free miles.
Recommended rider weight limit is 110kg/242lbs.