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Clydesdale vs Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc

Old 06-14-19, 03:46 PM
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Clydesdale vs Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc


Hi all. Not new to cycling but new-ish to this forum. Me: 53, 5'10" and currently heading down scale at 240.


Had an opportunity to piick up a Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc from a craigslist seller a month or so ago that I couldn't refuse. It was the right size - a medium -, has Di2, disc brakes, etc... really checked off all of the boxes... the asking price was far less than I could have purchased a new bike with half the features... Figured I could probably rehome the components onto a less aggressive frame with this purchase for less than I could buy the components themselves...


Since purchasing I've put about 250 miles on the bike. It too is a little too long for me right now but I think as I continue to lose weight I'll be able to bend further forward and the reach will be less and less a problem.


Anyway as I continue to ride it I am beginning to think about my weight and the frame/wheel set. I'm pretty careful on the bike - I don't hammer my way through potholes or other road hazards on the saddle - I try to get up and out so I can unweight as I go over them - and I know Giant says the frame is good up to 275 lbs (though per their email they did mention that max load over long periods of time will cause damage) but I still wonder whether i ought to swap the wheel set out for something with a few more spokes and maybe an alloy hoop...


Anyone have any thoughts on how much at risk this wheelset is given my weight?


Thanks!


Chris

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Old 06-14-19, 04:35 PM
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I wouldn't worry about the wheel until you start breaking spokes. Ride it and enjoy it. frame will be fine. Their "limit" is there to please the lawyers, the carbon is darn strong. Being the higher end model, it has better stronger, stiffer & lighter carbon than the lower models may have.
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Super nice, congrats. Like already stated. Ride it until something breaks (spokes) then worry about it.
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Thanks all. I'll take your advice and see how it goes then
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That's a beautiful ride
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That's a cool bike!
And yeah, 240 isn't too much - just pay attention to the wheels, they may require some attention sooner than later and at some point you may need to get a new set but don't sweat it - wheels are practically consumables.
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Originally Posted by ronin4740 View Post

Anyone have any thoughts on how much at risk this wheelset is given my weight?
I’m not of the “ride it till it breaks” camp. That wheelset is undoubtedly machine made and would benefit greatly from a hand tune and finish.

If it were me, I’d true them up, and even up the spoke tension while bringing the tension up towards the higher end. Your weight isn’t that far off the charts that a good wheel tuneup wouldn’t help. You’ve already got a good Craigslist deal on the bike so you can afford to spend a little bit to ensure the best value and performance out of the wheels.

Take the wheels to a reputable builder in your area. It won’t cost much and you’ll get the best out of your wheelset and make a wheel builder friend for when you’re ready to buy a high-dollar set. Win-win.


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Good advice. I'll see who the guy I work with who's much more a serious rider recommends.

That said scale says 233 this morning :-)
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I had a Defy Pro 1 that I rode for a year and I think I maxed out at 220#. Rode it over rough roads, potholes and even gingerly up & down curbs without any issues. Sounds like at the rate you're going this won't be an issue! (Congrats by the way--great bike!)
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Read this and adjust accordingly. I had an "a-ha" moment when I read it. My brakes need to be moved some, looks like yours are to low.

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/09/how-...ps-guidelines/
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