Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Frameset or Wheels next upgrade?

    Hey all. I'll be racing this spring for the first time and have money for new parts. My current setup is as follows:
    2006 Felt F80 (all Aluminum)
    - Xero XR-1 wheels
    - Shimano R700 compact crankset
    - Ultegra 6600 brifters
    - 105 FD and RD
    - Thomson Elite seatpost
    - San Marco Aspide Arrowhead saddle

    I've found some great deals on a set of Ksyrium ES wheels, but can't really justify buying them since the set will be worth more than my frame. The other option is to save up a bit more and get a new frameset, transferring all of my components. Quite a dilemma.

    What are your opinions?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  2. #2
    Quarq shill cslone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ohio
    My Bikes
    08 Felt F4, 05 Fuji Team SL, 08 Planet X Stealth, 10 Kona Jake the Snake, 03 Giant OCR flat bar.
    Posts
    3,962
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What is your price range on either upgrade and what type of racing/riding do you do? If you buy new wheels, are you keeping the Xero's?
    FS: Fuji SL1 frameset, 55.5cm toptube, excellent condition.

  3. #3
    Aut Vincere Aut Mori Snuffleupagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    My Bikes
    Irish Cycles Tir na Nog, Jack Kane Team Racing, Fuji Aloha 1.0, GT Karakoram, Motobecane Fly Team
    Posts
    4,166
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In light of recent news, how about the ksyriums?

    Read that before you spring for wheels.

    I vote power meter.

  4. #4
    Senior Member zimbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,040
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 on the Power Meter.

    --Steve

  5. #5
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah I read the thread on Aksium v. Ksyrium. Don't know what to make of it, though, as I have found discrepancies between scientific findings and real-world applicability.

    I'll address the other issues one-by-one:
    - Budget is +-$1000. Our races are crit/RR's with the occasional TT. The frameset I'm looking at is the Cervelo Soloist Team.
    - I'd keep the Xero's unless I found a reason to get rid of them.
    - Power meter is something I hadn't considered before. I could always lace a Powertap into the cheapie wheels that came with the bike, right?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  6. #6
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Plus, the Aksiums are so heavy!
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  7. #7
    部門ニ/自転車オタク NomadVW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Yuma, AZ
    My Bikes
    2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2005 Specialized FSR XC Comp, 2008 Blue T16, 2009 Blue RC8, Fetish Cycles Road Bike
    Posts
    3,172
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +another for powermeter. You can get an SL hub for under $1000 and have it laced on a current wheel. My SL hub, spokes, Mavic OP rim and getting it built all came to right around $1050.
    Envision, Energize, Enable

  8. #8
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Performance has the whole system for $999:
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

    That's literally at the top of my budget though
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  9. #9
    Aut Vincere Aut Mori Snuffleupagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    My Bikes
    Irish Cycles Tir na Nog, Jack Kane Team Racing, Fuji Aloha 1.0, GT Karakoram, Motobecane Fly Team
    Posts
    4,166
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AE Bike has the PT Pro built into a DT RR 1.1 for 812.

  10. #10
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Got a link? I found this but it's $993.99
    Last edited by bdcheung; 12-30-06 at 08:00 PM.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  11. #11
    Aut Vincere Aut Mori Snuffleupagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    My Bikes
    Irish Cycles Tir na Nog, Jack Kane Team Racing, Fuji Aloha 1.0, GT Karakoram, Motobecane Fly Team
    Posts
    4,166
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's 'cause it's the SL build, not the Pro. They don't have it up on the site now. However, you should be able to find a shop in DC that stocks Quality Bike Parts stuff - ask them to look it up for you.

  12. #12
    Quarq shill cslone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ohio
    My Bikes
    08 Felt F4, 05 Fuji Team SL, 08 Planet X Stealth, 10 Kona Jake the Snake, 03 Giant OCR flat bar.
    Posts
    3,962
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Okay, that's what I was looking for. For $1000 I agree with the rest in getting a Powertap built into a decent race wheel and learning to train with power. The next year you will improve more than new wheels will ever get you.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=290065844038

    Here's the SL for 900, and about 100 for a wheelbuild.
    FS: Fuji SL1 frameset, 55.5cm toptube, excellent condition.

  13. #13
    Carpe Diem bdcheung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MABRA
    My Bikes
    2007 CAAD9; 2008 Giant Bowery; 2008 Surly Crosscheck
    Posts
    13,130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Did I mention my Xeros ping (well, the rear pings) when I climb hard?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
    ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!

  14. #14
    Now Racer Ex Vinokurtov's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    1,709
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    Did I mention my Xeros ping (well, the rear pings) when I climb hard?
    So I've heard. Really

    If you're going to drop $1000 on a powermeter, I'd be inclined to shop a bit. There are currently some Ergomo units going for around that price on Ebay and I picked up my SRM for that price. I know my buddy picked up a PT for less than $500.

    I'd also look really hard at upgrading to the Reynolds Alta Race wheels, which can be had for <$300 right now on close out. I raced the heck out of them for two seasons and at that price it they are steals and would be a major upgrade over the Xeros.
    "I may not be as strong as I think I am, but I know many tricks, and I have resolution" - Santiago

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •