Yes, it’s another “help me pick the right wheels” thread.
I’m looking for a set of racing clinchers for rough roads, so I’d prefer Aluminum over carbon since I’ve cracked more carbon tubulars than I care to count, but if you know of a very durable carbon clincher, let me know.
Here are the parameters:
Price – Less than $1,000
Aerodynamics – MOST IMPORTANT since I spend a lot of time in solo breakaways.
Durability – Very Important, but I weigh 140 lbs, so they don't have to be bulletproof)
Rim – 30mm +
Hubs – Faster – ceramic bearings if possible
Spokes – fewer and aero such as Sapim CX Ray
Weight – not as big a factor, but obviously, lighter is better. I climb pretty well and would rather have a wheel that’s a little heavier that lets me go faster on the descents and flats.
Ideally I’d like a set under 1600g, but if they’re real aero and durable I could go as high as 1800g.
A couple sets I’m considering:
Roval Fusee Star – Forget about how they look. Is that star hub really an aerodynamic time saver or just marketing bs? These wheels are not too popular so it’s not too hard to find them new for ½ retail simce a lot of people swap them out of their Specialized bikes. Yeah, at 1750g they’re kind of heavy, but as I said, that’s not as important.
Rolf Prima Vigor SL – Deep rim for Aluminum. Very low spoke count (aero!) and plenty light at 1450g. Are they durable?
American Classic 420's?
Any other recommendations?
Thanks for your feedback.