Due to my recent weight loss, (281 to 215 lbs and falling), Iím able to treat myself to a new bike. Iíve decided on a leftover 07 Rocky Mountain Solo CXR (http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/cx/solo-cxr.aspx). The primary use of the bike is going to be commuting 55 km (round trip) on a mostly paved MUP. Iíll also be using this bike for the occasional sprint and Olympic distance triathlon as well as a general purpose road bike.
The only concern I have is with the Shimano WH-R550 wheels. These are a bladed 16F/20R wheelset. Most of the reviews Iíve read have been mixed and Iím a little leery of the low spoke count wheels. (For reference, Iím currently riding on handbuilt 32H Rhyno lite rims, 14 g, LX hubs on my rigid mountain bike for 1000ís of miles.) I have the option of replacing the wheels with something of similar price. Weight is a small consideration, durabilty is a larger consideration.
I was thinking of Deep Vís, Fusion's, or Mavic CXP 33ís with 28F/32R 3 cross, 14/15 g, 105 hubs, orÖÖ..? Any other suggestions / comments?
Thanks in advance.