Should you worry about a wheelset’s weight limit?

Buy a new wheelset and you’ll notice that it comes bearing a rider weight limit. How restrictive are these limits?

In the old days, when the only people who wanted high-performance cycling equipment were lithe club riders, the idea of rider weight limits was almost unnecessary.

Now, though, with riders of all sorts of shapes and sizes wanting to benefit from great kit — and with manufacturers trying to optimise every aspect of their products — rider weight limits have become far more relevant.

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