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    help me pick my new race wheels...

    Here is the situation: I now work at a bike shop and therefore get crazy good prices on pretty much everything I buy. The item that I have been waiting for a long time to purchase is a new wheelset. Here is the dilemna:

    I ride an 07 CAAD9 which is in the process of being upgraded component wise (either campy or sram...not sure). It has shimano 561 wheelset which I enjoy and plan to keep as my commuter wheels. I also have an open pro laced to a PT pro which I use for training and racing. I will be ordering one of those new Pedal Force ZX3 frames through the groupbuy so I will also need a set of wheels for that. My plan as of now is to sell the PT pro and open pro on ebay and get as much as I can for that. Basically I am trying to decide on two wheelsets to get with my 561's being a commuter wheel/backup wheelset. I really like the reynolds alta race wheelset that is still available here and there on some sites online. Then again, for just a bit more I can get any of Easton's top wheelsets. I can also get a good deal on mavic cosmic carbones and purchase their 2year replacement policy.

    Here are my major desires: I would prefer silver rims. I need something that is PT compatible. I prefer to stay away from CF unless it is the mavics as they offer the crash replacement super cheap for employees. I am a light rider at 69kg but I still prefer bombproof wheels just for insurance. These will be raced on, trained on, and ridden hard on.

    Any advice is appreciated!
    ~Nick

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    I've seen American Classic 420's laced up to PT hubs... Bontrager also has some nice powertap wheels.
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    Ya I should have mentioned that Bontrager is one of the few companies I don't have access to. AM420's are nice...I should consider those. I am having a hard time not jumping on a set of those reynolds alta races while they last. I just have to decide if I am going to strip the 105 off my bike in favor of campy or sram...I am leaning towards sram but campy is sexy!
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    You're going to sell your powertap for a set of race wheels?
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    No no no...just sell it and buy a PT laced at 28 or 24 holes and lace it to whatever wheelset I end up getting. I can get good pricing on PT's so I will probably buy a hub for each wheelset I get.
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    I have the Reynolds Alta Race laced to a PT SL hub and have been very happy with it. Performs well in a variety of situations including cross winds. It's not super light (I forget the exact weight) but it feels solid.

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    What kind of racing do you do? If you race crits, any sew up rim on any hub. Then use a wide sew up, like the Conti 25mm or Dugast(very expensive).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    I've seen American Classic 420's laced up to PT hubs... Bontrager also has some nice powertap wheels.
    I love the 420's, but unless you buy them with powertap from AC, you're out of luck - they don't offer just the rim for sale.
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    Here are the new options with prices:

    Easton Ascent II: 270$
    Easton Orion II: 270$
    Easton SL: 270$
    Easton SLX: 270$
    Reynolds Alta Race: 260$ (shipped)

    At this point I am considering one pair of eastons and a set of the reynolds as I will have 2 bikes so 2 wheelsets isn't a bad idea...now I just have to decide what sets!
    ~Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrnnr9
    Here are the new options with prices:

    Easton Ascent II: 270$
    Easton Orion II: 270$
    Easton SL: 270$
    Easton SLX: 270$
    Reynolds Alta Race: 260$ (shipped)

    At this point I am considering one pair of eastons and a set of the reynolds as I will have 2 bikes so 2 wheelsets isn't a bad idea...now I just have to decide what sets!
    ~Nick
    Can I get some too ?? I don't have big bucks to blow on wheels like 1/2 the people around here do.

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