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    Default Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    I gather that the Hed C2 tubular rims build into some stout wheels. What kind of spoke count should I be considering? I am about 160lbs and fairly gentle on equipment. I'll shod these in Veloflex Arenberg 25mm tubs. Is 32 F&R overkill? Could I get away with 24/28 F&R?

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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    24/28 would be fine.

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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    That's what I use in cyslocross and I am close to 200#.

    They should be plenty strong for you.

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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    My pal has been riding cyclocross in the Elite Women's category this year. She's won enough races this season that she's qualified for the Canadian National's in Vancouver, in two weeks. She's over six feet tall and 175 lbs. Superb bike handler. She's been using Hed C2 tubular wheels are 24/28, 2x, CX-Ray's built by RT Wheelcraft. No problems, no issues, no truing required.

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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    I'm 6ft and 165 at my heaviest. 24/28 is perfectly fine.

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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    I am 175, and have been running 24/28 for cross wheels for 2 years. Have not had to touch them and I beat them pretty hard. Thought I might have to do some work on them after yesterday's race when I jumped the creek (and slammed the rear wheel all 3 times) everyone else was running, but they are still straight. Have a 24/24 set as well that I ride on the road and they have been bomber there also. I think they are the best all around combo for cross out there. Every time I have an thought about carbon, I look at my wheels and the question why change anything comes to mind.
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    Default Re: Hed C2 tubular rims - spoke count for a 160 pounder?

    I'm 220lb currently (down from 250+) and have a set of C2's laced into record 32's. I've ridden gotten probably ~7000 miles with no problems. The are bomber, stiff enough for me without being taxing on longer rides. I had some Eurus wheels, now on my dad's bike which I really liked with but were a little soft for me at my zenith, they didn't have the bladed spokes though, and I found the ride not to be as nice as the Hed's. I would echo the advice you have gotten at your weight you should be able to get by with 24's for road use at your weight.

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