Triathlon - Buying aero wheels...HELP
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04-07-09, 06:11 PM
OK so I am buying my first set of aero wheels for my new tri bike. I have two options in mind as of now.
My first is a set of easton ec90 tt's, which i would get from my LBS for 1500.
The second is a set of HED Jet 69's I can get for 1300 from a shop online.
I prefer not buying on ebay. I realize there are a lot of options there, but I'd like to support a bike shop rather than an internet dealer.
Opinions on these to sets? or other options? These two are the most readily available.
I've also considered a set up Corima trispokes for 1600 or Blackwell 100's for 1300.
Now I am only 5'7'' and weigh about 135 so I need to be able to handle the wheels with some wind. I probably wouldnt go deeper than 60mm in the front.
So lets hear it
04-07-09, 07:32 PM
Try out Williams Cycling while you are looking at options, they have a set of 58mm clinchers for $999 that I hear good things about. That's what I have my eye on right now. Currently, I run a HED3 on the front and a wheel cover on the back, that was the most economical option for me (around $450)
I am a big fan of supporting my LBS when I can. Here are two thoughts:
1. The Eastons are not as fast. They just aren't. Hed and Zipp have a patent which makes their wheels faster at a given depth. That doesn't mean the Eastons are bad wheels, I just think it should be said.
2. The Eastons are tubulars so I would keep in mind:
a. The tires will cost more, plus glue, etc...
b. Does your LBS store carry fast tubular tires? I personally am a big fan of Zipp tubular tires or Bontrager. Continental is popular but the butyl tubes makes them a little slower than the previous two I mentioned.
c. They are lighter
d. some carbon rims favor different brake pads to prolong their life
In the end the Hed Jet 69 are a more versatile, cheaper, more user friendly wheel but if you ever have a problem with them, it won't be as easy as dealing with the Easton's.
04-07-09, 08:00 PM
the hed jets are clincher wheels
and seem more versatile
ill look into the williams wheels as well as reynolds
04-08-09, 05:08 AM
Did you go with the P3 DA? If so, how do you like it? I'm sure it's to notch!
04-08-09, 08:18 AM
No it sold before I could get a hold of the shop. I was kinda disappointed but instead I am going with a Quintana Roo Lucero Lite with full DA, which i am very excited about.
04-08-09, 11:11 AM
Good for you, hope you love the new ride!
04-08-09, 03:40 PM
Me too. I am very excited for the build
Alright opinions on rear wheel:
HED Jet 9 flamme rouge vs Jet Disc
04-12-09, 11:28 PM
Ok guys i need some last input before i buy.
My two choices are:
HED Stinger 60/90 (FR available)
So are zipps worth the extra grand?
So are zipps worth the extra grand?
Both a using the similar toroidal rim shape, just one doesn't have the dimples which many argue have limited if any value. I have a Stinger 9 front wheel and have no complaints with this wheel...
I'd save the $1000 and put it towards a powermeter.
04-17-09, 12:05 PM
Get the stingers. I have a set of 808's and they are nice but I would do the heds and save some cash.
You might want to consider a set of Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL's, they aren't as aggressive as some of our other choices but you can pick up a set for around $1100 out the door and they are a 52 mm deep wheel. I just put a set on my QR Seduza and am pretty happy with them.
04-17-09, 10:15 PM
I ended up getting some stinger 60's. i was gonna go with a 60/90 combo but the 90 is backordered. So i have a set of 60's on the way and some vittoria tubulars ready to go on them. First i'll take the decals on i think.
Right now my QR Lucero Lite is just haning out at the shop waiting them and a rear wheel for training.
I rode it on thursday after it was built it is has full DA and its so amazing.
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