What wheels for road racing?
Still not understanding this roadie lark!
Looking something lighter than my fulcrum 7’s
Lost in a world of deep section or not, carbon or alloy
Thinking light rather than deep section?Posted 4 years ago
or something from planet x own label?
They also have thesePosted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
Are you planning on keeping the fulcrum 7’s as training wheels, or running your new wheels all the time? If swapping and changing, you might want to think about something else from fulcrum, with the same width rim so brakes feel consistent and the cassette position is the same so limit screws and gear shifting don’t need to be altered. If swapping between carbon and aluminium rims you will want to also be changing the brake pads.
Run Fulcrum 7’s for cross, and have found them to be bombproof and reliable, did have some carbons they now live on my rollers as the braking was rubbish.Posted 4 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
I’ve got the EA70 on one of my bikes. Nice wheels. Although definitely more flexy than my Ksyriums.
I’d agree though with what has already been said. Having super light wheels isn’t the biggest difference in road racing unless you are riding somewhere really hilly. Even then you are better off trying to lose some weight yourself.Posted 4 years agoorangeboyMember
I had some extralight hyper climb wheels 1190g pair alloy rim and clincher
Swapped them off the bike because the rear hub needs looking at and the
Easton Orion spare wheels just make the bike feel slow
Maybe its in my head , probably is
But for race use I’d pick something used or cheap ish to replacePosted 4 years agojonbaMember
I’d guess you don’t need deep section for most lower level bunch road races. You’ll be in a group, probably finishing with a bunch sprint in my experience so the aero advantages are minimal.
There are a lot of pace changes if you are not at the front. So any improvement in acceleration is an advantage. On open roads you may find the signalling coming back is not that great and given the extra speed you may find you hit more holes and stones that you would do on a well organised club run.
Fulcrum 7s will be fine. I raced for ages on Aksiums. If you want new wheels I really rate the RS80s been running them for 2 summers as my only set of wheels. Strong enough to cope with potholes and light. Deep section look pretty, planet x have some. Carbon rims can be sketchy especially in the wet. Tubs can be a faff. I did look at the aluminium braking surface deep section options but stuck with what I have.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
I presently have three sets of Aksiums on the go with various tyres and states of wear. There good enough for my abilities and bank balance.
If you do go for some c.£500 factory wheels it may be worthwhile getting from a lbs who will true them or source spokes later down the line. The one I use price matched merlin.Posted 4 years ago
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