Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Ultegra/Open Pros have for years been the standard to which everything else is compared. You can generally pick up a pair for around $250.00 so that's a bargain. In fact, that's cheaper than I can buy the individual parts. They aren't the lightest, most aero or most anything but they're a good journeyman wheelset that you'll never have to apologize for owning.
+1 with the further recommendation that CXP-33 rims are also very good and wheels built with them are almost the same cost as with Open Pros. You can't go wrong with either rim.
I had a set of wheels built by Wheelsmith on 32H Dura Ace hubs with CXP-33 rims laced 3X with Wheelsmith XL14 spokes that were retired after 30,000 miles and were still in usable shape. They never broke a spoke and NEVER needed to be retrued.
I currently have CXP-33 rims on Chorus 10-speed hubs with DT 14/15 db spokes, also 32H, 3X with 6500 miles on they are also still perfectly true. These came from Colorado Cyclist.