I'm a 260 lbs (117 kg) rider standing 6ft (1.8 m) tall. I ride rocky, rooty and sometimes muddy trails and I have what I would call a "send first, think later" mindset on the trails.
I been working on upgrading my bike piece by piece and now it's time to swap out my wheelset... so naturally the question is alloy or carbon?
I want the carbon lightness but I'm scared of instantly breaking them (either because of my weight, or from harsh riding) and ending up flushing $1500 or more down the drain... I am right now looking at DTSwiss wheels but I'm open to other suggestions!
260 lbs/6ft tall, riding harsh trails. Should I be scared of buying carbon rims and breaking them? Should I stick with alloy? Why or why not?
Thanks for any help you can give me! I've been riding for 1 year now and I'm convinced this is the world's best sport!!
Edit: I don't know if this makes a difference but I ride a full suspension bike.
Edit #2: Thank you to all the commenters for the advice on what to s focus on (at least at my current level).
***From the comments, I've gathered: ***
Carbon has its clear benefits, but unless it's truly necessary (cup racing, high skill level, are dialed in enough to notice a clear difference, etc.) alloy or even original wheels will get the job done.
Sometimes, pressure to buy all carbon gear stems from a place of seeking status more than performance needs.
At my weight, quality hubs would make a greater or at least more noticeable impact than wheels
Alloy wheels can get nearly as light as Carbon for much less $$. Cost/gram saved is not always worth going Carbon for some people.
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