- So what road wheels would you buy?
Around £400, could go up or down either side of that. I’m after something pretty light, but solid enough to be used all the time as sole wheelset within reason.
At the moment, I’m thinking along the lines of:
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe / Elite,
Handbuilt Velocity A23s, Novatec hubs and CX Ray spokes, (either from Strada or DCR)
Handbuilt H Plus Son Archetype, Novatec hubs and CX Ray spokes,
(either from Strada or DCR)
What would you people recommend either out of the above or as alternatives?Posted 4 years agomtbtomoMember
Wheelsmith A24’s? I think they are based on Archetype rims.
Think they’re just over £400, weigh somewhere in the region of 1450g (can’t remember exactly).
Very pleased with mine, but the pimp black anodising doesn’t last 5 minutes in the rain.
Shimano RS80’s would be my other choice and with a bit of shopping around are nearer to £300.
What you got at the moment? Is it a new build or an upgrade from existing wheels?Posted 4 years agoLardLoverMember
Hope ProIII’s on Mavic Open Pro CD’s.
Them or a Xentis full carbon clincher from Merlin. Currently have 50% off at the mo. You could get the rear……….and then maybe get the front (there is no carbon clincher that comes close to the braking of these bad boys, even in the wet).Posted 4 years ago
I also saw some heavily discounted Eastons at CRC – http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/easton-ea90-rt-road-wheelset-2013/rp-prod113744
At that price I’d consider buying them and forking out for the Shimano freehub so I could actually use them…!Posted 4 years ago
Ksyriums are pretty good.
If you’re gonna get handbuilts then try justridingalong as you’ll get top notch service and probably much cheaper than Strada who look a bit of a rip off/expensive.
My hope/A23s were about £375 from JRA. Not with those CX rays though, just lazer/race spokes.
The archetypes seem to be regarded as about the best rim choice for handbuilts at the moment (well for alloy clinchers). Wouldnt bother with the open pros, they’re pretty solid but not very wide.Posted 4 years ago
I did look at Just Riding Along, but couldn’t come up with a build on their site that wasn’t either too pricey or was the right spec for what I’m looking for… I might have another look.
To answer a couple of posts above, I’m not too heavy, and would prefer aluminum rather than carbon braking.
Good suggestions coming in, though widening the options rather than homing in on a decision at the moment!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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I’ve heard very good things about the Ksyriums… is it true that replacement parts (i.e. spokes) are very expensive / hard to come by?
Mavic part availability seems to be largely about how good your shop is- I had a nightmare trying to find an axle for a Crossmax, Mavic France refused to help unless I posted them both wheels… But I’m lucky enough to have a great LBS who managed to sort it eventually. Without them, I’d probably have binned the wheel. But all came good in the end and no complaints about the UK side of the company!Posted 4 years agoConquerorMember
Yeh, they look shite. The model B’s I had fell apart. If you’re gonna spend money on something, then a good set of wheels and tyres is as good a thing as any.
Maybe you had a bad set (of model B and not AL30 by the sounds of things), I’ve found mine (AL30) to be fault free and they don’t weight much for the moneyPosted 4 years ago
Maybe you had a bad set (of model B and not AL30 by the sounds of things), I’ve found mine (AL30) to be fault free and they don’t weight much for the money
Yeh, well the hubs aren’t the best. They’re not to heavy, not stiff at all though, thats more important than weight.Posted 4 years agoedhornbySubscriber
go on to the bikeradar forum (I know, I know…) and look at all the handbuilt threads for ideas, there’s a guy on there ID is UgoSantalucia and he builds wheels so is extremely knowledgeable, give you lots of ideas on hubs/rims if you do go for handbuilt
I have fulcrum 5s and they are greatPosted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
Just bought some RS81’s and running 10 speed, so come with the 11 to 10 speed spacer. They are very nice wheels, mostly alloy rimmed with a carbon overlay. Fab way of adjusting bearings now, rather than 2 cone spanners and easy to service. Only two bearings for smooth running, so think about these snazzy hubs like Hopes, my Pro 3 has 5 bearings rolling in the rear. They are now on my winter bike.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Kysrium Elites for strong and stiff and light. To give you an idea of strength, in a race yesterday my rear mech hanger sheared and the mech went into the spokes at 25mph locking the wheel for a 20m skid to a halt. The Kysirium Elite spokes all held, only one of which has a small kink, and the rim will need a slight truing. That is a strong wheel. Sadly the chainstay looks pretty awful.
For long distance comfort, however, I’d go handbuilt with dura ace or ultegra hubs and a nice light rim. Open pro is good, but there are lighter.Posted 4 years ago
Anyone know anything about / got any experience of Leadout Cycles?
They have a pretty bargainous looking option – Archetype rims, Novatec hubs and CX Ray spokes, £379 all in.
Seems to tick all the boxes and a very nice price…Posted 4 years agohillspleaseMember
My second hand Hope mono/pro 2 onto magic cxp33 with 36 spokes at the back and 32 at the front. Stiff, long lasting and very strong, not to mention all the spares are easy to find. So far a pair of rear wheel bearings has been the worst of it. You can find lots lighter, but all depends on the extent to which durability matters. I am 17st and wouldn’t touch factory wheels after last time, supposedly bombproof, lasted 2 weeks.Posted 4 years agodeetsSubscriber
Shimano RS80’s etc are great until you wear through the rims after a few thousand miles. Then you’ll realise that it’s nowhere near feasible to rebuild with new rims. It annoyed me so much that I learnt to build my own wheels – best skill I’ve ever learnt, you’ll never look back!
I recently built some new road wheels for well under £300/1500g, details and pics here: http://deetsman.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/new_wheels/Posted 4 years ago
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