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Old 02-27-11, 08:20 PM   #1
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Recommendations for wheel upgrade on commuter bike

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Just a quick query, i have an avanti blade 4 that comes with Kenda Kwest 700 x 28C stock wheels and i am thinking of upgrading. As its my commuting bike and not a racer i dont particulairly want to spend through the roof, any suggestions would be very welcome.

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Old 02-27-11, 08:22 PM   #2
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Are you talking about upgrading wheels (the metal things with all the spokes) or tires (the rubber parts that mount on them)?
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Old 02-27-11, 10:47 PM   #3
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Are you talking about upgrading wheels (the metal things with all the spokes) or tires (the rubber parts that mount on them)?
+1 I'll check back.
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Old 02-28-11, 12:27 AM   #4
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will be upgrading both but am after advice mostly in terms of the wheels (with spokes) but advice on tires as well would be welcome.

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Old 02-28-11, 01:31 AM   #5
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Kenda Kwests are trash in terms of a serious commuter's needs. I used them...for 2 weeks and six punctures later I got Nu-Teck airless. Used them for 2 years. The only 3 tires to seriously consider are the Continental Gatorskins, Specialized Armadillos or the Schwalbe Marathon Plus'. Some like the Marathon Supremes because they're supposedly better in wet conditions...I don't know. Been doing this 22 years now and I like a good trouble free commute.

Right now I'm running SMPs on my commuter/utility/mule 700x28mm and 700x 25mm on my fg conversion. Beginning to push 19,000 miles w/1 flat and 1 slow leak between both bikes. Don't know anything about the other tires except the Nu-tecks and they're slow . 2-3 mph slow, but will build up your legs, that's for sure.
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Not sure about clearances on Avanti Blade 4, but I'm a big fan on Velocity Dyad wheels. I've put nearing 5,000 miles on my Dyad rear wheel, with only one spoke broken (thanks to something getting caught in the spokes). I weigh well over 250 and commute with a fair amount of weight on the rear rack, so that's saying something. You can get them online from places like aebike.com built up by hand by Handspun. Mine cost me $120.

For tires, I've been very favorably impressed so far with my Vittoria Randonneurs. I have them in 32 mm width, but they come in 28 mm size, too, I think.
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Tires - Kenda Kwest are cheesy, awful commuter tires. Very prone to flats.
In my opinion, spending a little more on really good tires is money well spent. None of us likes to fix a flat on the way to work or on the way home.

I've been riding the Shwalbe Marathon Supreme and can highly recommend them. The ride quality is excellent, and I have a couple thousand flat free miles on them thus far (would have been 5-6 flats on the kwests by my estimation). Despite my efforts to avoid most potentially flat-causing debris, I've run across glass, goatheads, and mixed gravel/glass junk without incident.

As far as wheels go, it would help to know what type of bike they are going on - IGH, derailleur? Quality level?

For typical wheels (i.e. 135mm rear spacing, shimano derailluer-based drivetrain) this and this would be a good value.
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Velocity DYAD rims are pretty nice. If you ride at night with any regularly at all, I recommend considering a front wheel with a dynamo hub and an appropriate set of lights.

I have this specific wheel, bought from this vendor, and it's damn nice: http://aebike.com/product/handspun-p...e7246-qc30.htm The price is good too (I've actually seen it cheaper, but even $210 is hard to beat).
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thank you all for the advice, i am going to leave my spokes as they are for now and just upgrade the tires to Vittoria Randonneurs as they are slightly lighter(and cheaper) than the Schwalbe, gatorskin and armadillos.

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I just ordered a set of rim brake mtn bike wheels from gNashbar. com for a commuter bike I'm building. They are Vuelta brand wheels on some cheapo hubs and they were marked down to around $70 for the pair (reg $199). They are only 24 spoke, but they had many good reviews and I thought they'd be fine for a commuter bike, for the price. You could go check and see if they still have some.
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I'm actually a fan of Kwests, I've been using them for a couple of years on 3 bikes with no flats. We don't have any native thorn plants in this area that might cause problems, but I have a lot of glass and road debris on my commute.

The Kendas are pretty heavy, but I prefer them to the Panaracer Paselas that I have on some other bikes. I'd be curious to know how the Vittoria Randonneurs fare.
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i am going to leave my spokes as they are for now and just upgrade the tires to Vittoria Randonneurs
I recently bought a set of these for one of my commuters. My only complaint is that they are very difficult to put on/take off the rim. I fear the day I get a flat. So much so that I will not use this particular bike for my winter commute.
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If durability is your prime concern, Velocity Dyad rims are a great choice, laced to the hubs of your preference. I've got 36 H Dyads with Shimano Ultegra hubs on my commuter/touring bike and they are bombproof. Altho heavier than wheels such as Open Pros and other racing options, Dyads are lighter than other rims designed for touring such as Mavic A719s.
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On my commuter I have 36h Alex Adventurers laced to Deore hubs and love them so far. For tires, I'm using 37mm Vredestein Dynamic Tours. They've held up with zero flats over glass, grass with goatheads, and dirty shoulders; and right now Nashbar is selling them for $7.99 apiece. They even have reflective sidewalls.
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