Planet X wheels

secretsam
secretsam Posts: 5,117
edited January 2012 in Road beginners
Am in need of new wheels for my CAAD8, as crummy standard ones keep breaking spokes. Have seen Planet X Model B and C have good reviews, would they be suitable for a chunky 90kg monkey such as myself? Are they any good?

Thanks in advance

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  • im sure heavier monkeys have used them :)

    email them just to make sure! :)
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  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Have e-mailed Planet X, but thought I'd get an unbiased view from wise folk on here too!

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • i have the models b on my summer bike and they have stayed true for the 1500 miles i put on them this year
    i come in at about 82k
  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    I'm your weight. The nipples on the rear wheel pulled through the rim after a couple of thousand miles.
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  • rickwiggans
    rickwiggans Posts: 416
    edited January 2012
    I'm 68kg, and as above, spokes ripped out of rear rim. Also, a club mate has experienced loads of broken spokes on a set. Just our experience, others like them. Also I found them a wee bit flexible.
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  • flasher
    flasher Posts: 1,734
    No problems here :)
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Been fine for me all year.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,534
    DesWeller wrote:
    I'm your weight. The nipples on the rear wheel pulled through the rim after a couple of thousand miles.

    for GBP100 I's say that's pretty good.....maybe that's the MTber in me?
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  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    ddraver wrote:
    DesWeller wrote:
    I'm your weight. The nipples on the rear wheel pulled through the rim after a couple of thousand miles.

    for GBP100 I's say that's pretty good.....maybe that's the MTber in me?

    Well, it's just 5 months' riding. I'd call that pretty poor.

    I guess they confirmed the axiom of 'Cheap, Light, Strong...Pick 2'.
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  • Model Bs are now discontinued and replaced by AL30s. Not sure about model Cs but you might be lucky depending on what colour you want and rear hub you need.
  • 82kg and 1500 miles. No problems so far. They were the best value wheels I could find and lighter than some that were considerably more expensive.
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  • styxd
    styxd Posts: 3,234
    Good wheels for the price but pretty flexy and I'm not particualrly heavy (less than 70kg's)
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,534
    DesWeller wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    DesWeller wrote:
    I'm your weight. The nipples on the rear wheel pulled through the rim after a couple of thousand miles.

    for GBP100 I's say that's pretty good.....maybe that's the MTber in me?

    Well, it's just 5 months' riding. I'd call that pretty poor.

    I guess they confirmed the axiom of 'Cheap, Light, Strong...Pick 2'.

    Hmm, it's a few years for most of the rest of us though....
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  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    ddraver wrote:
    DesWeller wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    DesWeller wrote:
    I'm your weight. The nipples on the rear wheel pulled through the rim after a couple of thousand miles.

    for GBP100 I's say that's pretty good.....maybe that's the MTber in me?

    Well, it's just 5 months' riding. I'd call that pretty poor.

    I guess they confirmed the axiom of 'Cheap, Light, Strong...Pick 2'.

    Hmm, it's a few years for most of the rest of us though....

    You reckon? Even riding just 70 miles a week that's only just over 6 months.
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  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Have even used model Bs with a touring load plus my 80kg, no problems after 4 years. Outstanding wheels for the money, I have them on 2 bikes. The failures could be to do with the individual build, probably poor spoke tension (you could fettle this). Model C's if still available, have more spokes for heavier use.
  • Failure colud indeed be down to poor build - but why put up with it?
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  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    I am not suggesting putting up with it, but it would be a good idea to check these or any other wheels for spoke tension and return or adjust, hence avoiding failure.
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  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    Very flexy for me at 80kg. Model B that is.
  • flasher
    flasher Posts: 1,734
    Evil Laugh wrote:
    Very flexy for me at 80kg. Model B that is.

    I'm a touch heavier than you, and mine aren't in the least bit flexy, wonder if the spokes have changed?
  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    Dunno. They're my girlfriend's, they're the silver ones so fairly recent, 8 months maybe. Any out of saddle exertion has the pads rubbing on front wheel.
  • Those of mine mentioned above, which failed were also too flexible when out of the saddle. A link there maybe?
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  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    I reckon the individual build varies, that would explain the different experiences, both my sets are still as true as the day I got them and have no flex issues. The hubs are incredibly smooth too. When they are like that they outperform wheels costing 3x as much. With a more variable spoke tension (especially with 20/24 spokes) I am sure they are going to give the problems described. It wouldn't put me off buying them as I have enough experience to fettle the wheels, but if you want to fit and forget I reckon a proportion will be liable to flex. It would be nice if Planet-X could check the spoke tension before shipping, but then of course it could no longer be a budget wheel.

    I would suggest getting one of their 32 spoke models if you are concerned, there isn't a great weight penalty.
  • styxd
    styxd Posts: 3,234
    I tensioned the spokes right back up on my rear one after they slackened right off. They still flexed alot when climbing out of the saddle. Recently swapped to some 28 spoke handbuilts and the difference is night and day. I think the problem is they use to few spokes (perhaps to keep the weight at a low figure)

    If they added 4 more spokes to each rim I think they'd be far better.
  • tubbs_214
    tubbs_214 Posts: 185
    i upgraded to the model c's. Im 6ft 2 and weigh about 90kg and mine have been fine so far (only had them since christmas so cant comment on how long they last) not noticed any flex or more so than my last set, im well impressed for the money to be fair but at yours and my weight if its not for racing id get the 32 spoke ones( model c) just for reliability.
  • lef
    lef Posts: 728
    i have the al30 (the new model B's) for commuting and they don't seem flexy to me -weigh about 65kg-67kg