Our wheel's weight bearing strength is determined by the rim and the number of spokes.
However a wheel built with more spokes than required by the rider's weight, will be overly stiff and will not ride as well as it otherwise could.
This is why our wheelsets are offered with customisable spoke numbers.
LOWMASS rider weight limits are based on rider + luggage.
If you are planning on occasional, weekend or holiday bike packing, but want a wheelset that is not over built for every day riding, we would suggest adding 10kg to your weight, and it will be strong enough for occasional bike packing.
If you are planning on bike packing carrying heavy (20kg) luggage for a significant proportion of the wheels use, then it is important to build a wheel specifically for its load carrying strength, with an accurate rider weight + luggage.
We set our weight limits as actual weight limits, so that you (and we) have years of reliable service from your LOWMASS wheels.
We have seen other companies stating high weight limits then underwriting their warranty with a clause that if within 15% of the max weight limits, their wheels must be checked regularly by an experienced bike mechanic...
If you have any doubt about which wheel/spoke configuration is right for you, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Rider + luggage weight limit
xx20-xxx in the rim name = the rim's internal width
xxxx-390 in the rim name = the rim's weight