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Old 12-30-06, 07:51 PM   #1
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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?
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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?
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In light of recent news, how about the ksyriums?

Read that before you spring for wheels.

I vote power meter.
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+1 on the Power Meter.

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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?
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Plus, the Aksiums are so heavy!
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+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.
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Performance has the whole system for $999:
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

That's literally at the top of my budget though
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AE Bike has the PT Pro built into a DT RR 1.1 for 812.
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Got a link? I found this but it's $993.99
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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.
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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.
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Did I mention my Xeros ping (well, the rear pings) when I climb hard?
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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.
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