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    Replacement wheels: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!

    My first good road bike was a 2003 R800 triple, the fancy rim with 8 pairs of spokes. Yes, 16 total.
    And I did blow out the rear wheel climbing a hill. OK, order new wheels. I had set made with HD rims, 32 spokes laced cross 3. Yes they were TANKS, these will last a life time.
    Point being, those wheels were much heavier, and me and the R800 lost all acceleration. The bike still road and handeled great, it just took longer to get up to speed.

    So think on this when upgrading wheels!

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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    its not just weight but also stiffness (comfort) when added extra spokes.

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    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
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    Well, if your old wheel failed because it wasn't strong enough, you don't do ANY riding with it.

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    Senior Member adrien's Avatar
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    The feel is not just a factor of weight. In fact, a heavier wheel with a livelier build (especially spokes and rims) can feel better than a lighter, "deader" wheel.

    I rode deep-Vs for years, with solid builds (ultegra hubs, double-butted spokes), but they didn't feel like much. I now have three sets of wheels -- H Plu Son Archetypes on high-flange DA track hubs, Ambrosio FCS28s with R45 hubs and bladed spokes, and DA hubs with DT RR585s. All 32 or 36, all rock-solid. And all feel lighter, faster and much more lively than the deep Vs.
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