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Old 11-18-05, 01:11 PM   #1
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FSA RD 200/400 Wheelsets

Anyone had any experiences good or bad with FSA RD series of wheels? I've heard good and bad. Roadbikereview's kind of all over the map on then. I am looking for a set of decent wheels in the $400-$500 range for a Campy freehub.

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Old 11-18-05, 01:44 PM   #2
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Anyone had any experiences good or bad with FSA RD series of wheels? I've heard good and bad. Roadbikereview's kind of all over the map on then. I am looking for a set of decent wheels in the $400-$500 range for a Campy freehub.

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Sorry I can't help you with these wheelsets. One of the reasons many of the reviewed products at roadbike review are all over the place is because there is no place for a reviewer to list their weight. A 140 pound person may find a wheel bullet proof with no flex and great and a 200 lb rider might break spokes, have the wheel flex etc and think the same wheel is a POS. Weight of the rider applies to most bike items. I've emailed them numerous times and posted on the forums there about it. The morons over there obviously think it is more important to know what a persons favorite ride is (which is no value to 99% of the readers) than it is to know a persons weight when reviewing a frame, wheel,seat, stem, etc. Nobody has ever replied or agreed so it must be only me.
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Sorry I can't help you with these wheelsets. One of the reasons many of the reviewed products at roadbike review are all over the place is because there is no place for a reviewer to list their weight. A 140 pound person may find a wheel bullet proof with no flex and great and a 200 lb rider might break spokes, have the wheel flex etc and think the same wheel is a POS. Weight of the rider applies to most bike items. I've emailed them numerous times and posted on the forums there about it. The morons over there obviously think it is more important to know what a persons favorite ride is (which is no value to 99% of the readers) than it is to know a persons weight when reviewing a frame, wheel,seat, stem, etc. Nobody has ever replied or agreed so it must be only me.
Agreeed that with wheels weight is important. Weight has nothing to do with the quality of the overall build though. Smoothness of operation and overall looks also have nothing to do with the weight of the tester either.

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Anyone had any experiences good or bad with FSA RD series of wheels? I've heard good and bad. Roadbikereview's kind of all over the map on then. I am looking for a set of decent wheels in the $400-$500 range for a Campy freehub.

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Dig a little deeper at roadbikereview.com - do a search in the regular forums. You will find that there is LOTS of negative feedback on the RD-400's. Of course, rider weight is important but wheels like the Ksyriums hold up despite this same rider weight disparity.
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Dig a little deeper at roadbikereview.com - do a search in the regular forums. You will find that there is LOTS of negative feedback on the RD-400's. Of course, rider weight is important but wheels like the Ksyriums hold up despite this same rider weight disparity.
I checked that and can't understand how the higher version got more complaints. Usually the low end version is inferior.

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I have a set of the 200's.. 155lbs, broken one spoke in 12,000 miles. I have some SSC SLs.. Those wheels have suffered a broken spoke as well.

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I checked that and can't understand how the higher version got more complaints. Usually the low end version is inferior.

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actually with bicycle parts reviews, i find that usually the best reviews come from parts that are at the lower end of the spectrum. often the buyers of these parts have lower expectations and the parts are often just built solidly (read: heavy)...increased weight means decreased price usualyl in the bike parts market. What you find at the higher and higher echelons of parts is that the buyers have much higher expectations and quite often the parts do not live up to the expectations and get negative reviews...all that being said, i have no experience with this wheelset, my advice to anyone looking for new wheels is always the same, get handmade wheels, want light, go with record/dura-ace to some light rim and dbl butted spokes...cheaper, usually stronger and sometimes lighter.
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