"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Best Road / Crit racing wheels under $400 ?
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07-29-06, 08:34 PM
I am looking for a set of shimano 9spd compatible wheels (ultegra cassette).
Does anyone have a suggestion for what is the best setup to race with?
I have been looking at lots of items online, I see many combinations of plain spokes vs aero spokes vs low spoke count .. etc...
Do aero spokes make that big of a difference?
Anyway - please help me out =)
07-29-06, 08:51 PM
As stupid as it sounds, it aint the wheels. No need to go light either. Get a set of open pros, solid. Invest in good tires. I recommend Vredstein tricomps (not the SE's), and pick up a 13-23 cassette. The advantage of the 13-23 is that it gives you every gear between 13 and 19 ... very useful. Unless you're a beast you won't miss the 12.
07-29-06, 09:35 PM
+1 for the open pros or DT RR 1.1s w/ some ultegra hubs. I have my 1.1s laced radially in front and half radial in the back (w/ DA10 hubs) as I think they roll a little better and they certainly look cooler. I'm a lean #215 and I've not even knocked them out of true so radial strength is not a concern.
Regarding rubber - all high end tires are fine - whatever you can get a deal on is likely best. I'm on Conti GP4000s and think they are fine.
Regarding the cassette - if you're doing crits, you'll 'prolly be fine w/o a 12, but if you do RRs with long finishing straights - a 12 is the gear you'll likely want to be sprinting in.
07-29-06, 10:58 PM
Something nice and stiff for crits, something light for HILLY road races. If you want one set to do both, you need to find a happy medium or decide what's more important. I used to race crits on a set of Velocity Deep V rims, 28 db spokes, radial front, 2X rear. Road races are rare here so I just used the same set for those.
07-30-06, 06:57 AM
Agree with above. I second the Open Pro's and simple 3 cross lasing. I have a set with Dura Ace hubs and double butted DT's (for racing bike), and a set with 105 hubs, strait spokes (for commuting bike) Both are as reliable and simple as you can get. I might eventually buy a racing wheelset such as ksyriums, but for now, the OPs are working great.
07-30-06, 09:01 AM
I like Bontrager Race Lites...which come in at the top of that price target. Try ebay or LBS (Trek dealer)
07-30-06, 09:53 AM
Mavic Cosmic Elite's are a fairly lightweight good overall riding / racing wheelset.. They can be found for 399-450.. If you look on ebay sometimes they can be found for under 300.00..
07-30-06, 09:22 PM
You can usually pick up Reynolds Alta Race wheels on Ebay new for <$400, and there are used sets ouit there also. I've raced and won with them in both RR's and crits. Low aero spoke count (20/24), aero rim (30mm), light enough to climb on at 1511g and they are great in a sprint. Very tough too, I've done several races with "Roubaix"-like sections and they've stayed pretty true. Reynolds makes a quality product.
At new set for $329:
The Open Pro's are fine if you're doing entry level stuff and want bomb proof vs. performance. Cheap, but heavy and slow.
Here's some for $200:
07-31-06, 06:21 AM
Thanks for the info. I found a new set of Mavic Cosmic Elite's... I paid $ 311 for them on ebay =)
Lets hope they get here un-damaged !!
I guess I'm a little late, but the Easton Vista SL is a great wheel. I've been racing and training on them all season and have had the rear trued once. I'm 6'2 and 197#, and ride primarily crits and circuits.
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