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Old 01-07-20, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
....Within reasonable sanity, what weight will the rims handle without busting spokes?...

all of it. more than you can imagine.

i did a longish tour a while back....20K km or so.....with my 185 pounds and bike 175 pounds. that was fully-fully-fully loaded, 4 bags + trailer, a week's worth of food and 5 gallons of water.

wheels were 700c 48-spoke 4x sun cr18, 700*44(?) tires. spokes began pulling thru the rear rim about halfway thru, managed to source a rhyno lite and finished with no further problems. mostly paved, some light gravel. that wheel went on to do another 50k miles before sold.

have built up some rhyno lites here in china, 26" with sapim spokes, 26*1.95. many thousands of miles on rough dirt in cambodia and laos with 20-25 pounds on the rear.

i suspect a 26" rim 20 years newer would do just as well or better.

don't worry about the front-rear distribution as an exact specification to follow. sure, moving stuff forward will take weight off the rear, in your case not necessary. but do try it out to see how it affects handling. some prefer front-only loading.

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