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    Upgrading wheels; aksium, fulcrum 7 or R500

    hi guys, i have a 2012 trek 7.3fx with its stock nebula wheels. Now i dont know how crappy these wheels are neither do i know how much they really weigh. I am now thinking of getting better wheels so i can have that slight bump in speed. I use my bike mainly for commuting and some 20-30km weekend rides. I weigh 80kg.

    what do you think about the aksium, fulcrum 7 and r500. yes, i know that these are all entry levels. i dont want to spend a lot right now as i am thinking of getting a new bike mid next year and will spend my money on that one. i have some spare change at the moment for any of these (they are pretty much in the same range) Im located in China and there are really not a lot of choices here aside from Giant. I am lucky as it is to be able to find a LBS that has these.

    r500 is the cheapest of the 3
    aksium and fulcrum 7 are pretty much neck to neck with a 30% price difference from the r500

    its hard to decide as i am really new into cycling.. but tons of people has already told me that if i will be changing something to my bike..the wheels must be the one to be upgraded. thanks in advance

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    From the options, would go for the Fulcrums, I've been using Fulcrum 7's for several years now, the original version commuting with approx 100-110kg total weight, worked great till I was hit by a car and the rear wheel rim was bent.

    Have been using the current version for over a year now for long distance cycling, with approx 90-95kg total weight, the rear is starting to show some wear now, but it has done around 10,000 KM so would expect to replace in a year or 2.

    The Fulcrums also use non-proprietary spokes (i.e. you can replace with normal spokes) if any are ever needed to be replaced, but haven't touched mine since I bought them, and they are still as true as then

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    thanks jimc101. I did go with the fulcrums racing 7s although as soon as i installed them and took them for a ride i wished i had the racing 5s instead in any case im happy right now.. the next time i upgrade would be going straight to racing 3s

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikonameko View Post
    hi guys, i have a 2012 trek 7.3fx with its stock nebula wheels. Now i dont know how crappy these wheels are neither do i know how much they really weigh. I am now thinking of getting better wheels so i can have that slight bump in speed. I use my bike mainly for commuting and some 20-30km weekend rides. I weigh 80kg.

    what do you think about the aksium, fulcrum 7 and r500. yes, i know that these are all entry levels. i dont want to spend a lot right now as i am thinking of getting a new bike mid next year and will spend my money on that one. i have some spare change at the moment for any of these (they are pretty much in the same range) Im located in China and there are really not a lot of choices here aside from Giant. I am lucky as it is to be able to find a LBS that has these.

    r500 is the cheapest of the 3
    aksium and fulcrum 7 are pretty much neck to neck with a 30% price difference from the r500

    its hard to decide as i am really new into cycling.. but tons of people has already told me that if i will be changing something to my bike..the wheels must be the one to be upgraded. thanks in advance

    If your are Referring to Alex R500 rims I found them to be pretty damned good for OEM rims. Very Very easy to change a flat I think only a tubular would be faster. The only reason I traded my set was that they were attached to some God awful Joytech hubs..
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