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    Question Element Xero vs. Bontrager AT-750 ... wheel upgrade?

    Sorry for the newbie question. I did a search and didn't find anything this specific.

    I looked online and did not see any sort of side by side comparison. I'm posting as I've seen some insane photos recently of Cannondale Quick bikes that some of you own.
    I've got a '14 Trek 8.2 DS that came stock with Bontrager AT-750 wheels. I love the look of the Element Xero's that come stock on the Cannondale.
    Does anyone know if this would be any sort of an "upgrade" or would I actually be going backwards?
    i.e., does anyone know which is the better wheel set? ...and I'm not even certain what "better" is.
    lighter? stronger? better materials? better construction?
    I'm not dissatisfied at all with the wheels on my Trek. I'm only asking the question because I think the Xero's look fricken cool.

    I ride mostly packed gravel rail trails (I'm in Wisconsin) and some packed dirt and street.
    - Scott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSYS View Post
    Sorry for the newbie question. I did a search and didn't find anything this specific.

    I looked online and did not see any sort of side by side comparison. I'm posting as I've seen some insane photos recently of Cannondale Quick bikes that some of you own.
    I've got a '14 Trek 8.2 DS that came stock with Bontrager AT-750 wheels. I love the look of the Element Xero's that come stock on the Cannondale.
    Does anyone know if this would be any sort of an "upgrade" or would I actually be going backwards?
    i.e., does anyone know which is the better wheel set? ...and I'm not even certain what "better" is.
    lighter? stronger? better materials? better construction?
    I'm not dissatisfied at all with the wheels on my Trek. I'm only asking the question because I think the Xero's look fricken cool.

    I ride mostly packed gravel rail trails (I'm in Wisconsin) and some packed dirt and street.

    This is something I am interested in too. Any thoughts on it?

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    I wouldn't trust those low spoke wheels, especially on gravel. And I don't really see the point of putting racing style wheels on a DS bike. But then again, I weigh 250 lbs. Maybe if you weight 160 or 170, they might be all right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSYS View Post
    Sorry for the newbie question. I did a search and didn't find anything this specific.

    I looked online and did not see any sort of side by side comparison. I'm posting as I've seen some insane photos recently of Cannondale Quick bikes that some of you own.
    I've got a '14 Trek 8.2 DS that came stock with Bontrager AT-750 wheels. I love the look of the Element Xero's that come stock on the Cannondale.
    Does anyone know if this would be any sort of an "upgrade" or would I actually be going backwards?
    i.e., does anyone know which is the better wheel set? ...and I'm not even certain what "better" is.
    lighter? stronger? better materials? better construction?
    I'm not dissatisfied at all with the wheels on my Trek. I'm only asking the question because I think the Xero's look fricken cool.

    I ride mostly packed gravel rail trails (I'm in Wisconsin) and some packed dirt and street.
    Are you staying with rim brakes or moving to disc?
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    Are you staying with rim brakes or moving to disc?
    Looks like someone resurrected an old thread I initiated last year.
    There was a point last year where I did actually attempt to find these wheels, but never had much success.
    Prior to committing to this, I also tried finding some concrete data as far as comparison betyween the Bontrager AT-750 on my DS vs. the Xero's.
    I did not have much success in finding any information to do a direct comparison.

    To answer the question, assuming it would be a beneficial upgrade - I would stick with rim / cantilever brakes.
    - Scott.

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    Sorry, but didn't see that. I am sure there are upgrades over the stock Bontrager wheels on your DS. I would go for function over looks, FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSYS View Post
    Looks like someone resurrected an old thread I initiated last year.
    There was a point last year where I did actually attempt to find these wheels, but never had much success.
    Prior to committing to this, I also tried finding some concrete data as far as comparison betyween the Bontrager AT-750 on my DS vs. the Xero's.
    I did not have much success in finding any information to do a direct comparison.

    To answer the question, assuming it would be a beneficial upgrade - I would stick with rim / cantilever brakes.
    Would you be looking to upgrade because you want better looking rims, or tougher rims so you can ride harsher trails?

    Why do you want to upgrade?

    BTW, I'm not inferring there is anything wrong with upgrading, I suspect I will do that when I get my next bike, mainly because I want a spare set of wheels, plus to indulge my inner weight-weenie.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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