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Old 12-20-08, 10:16 AM   #1
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...and I thought MTB's were bad.


Reynolds SDVT 700 Wheel Set
$947.37
53% off
Reg. $1999.95




How the crap could they cost so much??? They're not even "huck-rated"!
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Old 12-20-08, 11:05 AM   #2
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for that price you could buy an ultra high end road bike or mountian bike. why would anyone drop 2 g's on wheels.?!

you'd have to be either:

a- stupid
b-have too much money
c-professional biker

what if they break?
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Old 12-20-08, 11:10 AM   #3
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. . .and those aren't even the top of the price heap for road wheels.
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Old 12-20-08, 11:12 AM   #4
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just check out www.competitivecyclist.com

i like these:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...489.366.0.html

6500$ for a wheelset.
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for that price you could buy an ultra high end road bike or mountian bike.
In the vein of the price of the wheelsets, a $2000 road or mountain bike does not count as anything close to 'high end' anymore.
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There used to be an ad here on BF for some boron road wheels. With all of the options, they were over $10,000. But they were well under 1000g for the pair...so I guess it's worth it.
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Here is an article...can be $15,000 actually.

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...0-wheels-12670
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They're rounder! And they taco when you hit a dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLNTuxFdvvg
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Sweet, put those on a tt01 time trial bike and you're at over 27000 dollars (three zeros). Of course, that's without a drivetrain. Or pedals. Or handlebars. Or seat. Etc, etc.
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Ghey *** roadie crap.
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$2000 for road wheelset isn't "high end." $3000 is high end.



$4000 for a crank.
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Old 12-20-08, 05:16 PM   #12
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$2000 for road wheelset isn't "high end."
Oh yeah, I forgot that Zipps are mid-grade.
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they better be negative weight. Fu*k saving grams for that much
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you know, the point of those wheels isn't about saving weight for a lot of the people that buy them. if you had ten million dollars and no big needs, why would you not justify those? and there is an advantage to deep dish carbon wheels.

and to the guy with the video of the dog, those were completely different wheels; the reynoulds wouldn't do that.
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Those were lightweight wheels. 2 to 3 times more expensive than Reynolds.
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Once you get into carbon wheels the price generally sky rockets, then add in them being tubular rims, it goes up even more. Most people who don't race have no need for wheels like these, but there are a few who are dumb/rich/spoiled/crazy/stupid/trendfollower enough to get them because they are the latest and greatest.

Want to see something way out of whack, check out campy super record 11 skeleton brake calipers. $450.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...5271.20.1.html

$450 for the new dura ace brakes.

Road bike cranks are stupid expensive as well.

Zipp Cranks, $1,250
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...89.1731.0.html

Don't see any need for something that over the top. Only dura ace part I own is a 15 tooth dura ace track cog. For $1,999.95 you are pretty much looking at the beginning range for high end track racing bikes.

I'll take my Velocity rims any day over carbon.
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carbon + very stiff + aero + good hubs + low weight = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Ghey a$5 roadie crap.
Seriously though...look at how much actual thought and technology goes into mountain bikes. You try to make stuff stupid light, yet still tough enough to handle the terrain.

You spend thousands of hours and CAD time designing suspension design that sucks up the terrain yet accelerates well.
To make a road bike accelerate well...stand up and push. All your energy goes to the rear wheel anyway. Sure, some designs and materials can dampen road vibration better than others but if you can't handle pea-gravel chatter...
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Ghey a$5 roadie crap.


With road components...you can make stuff stupid light but it doesn't need to withstand all the rigors. So why the exponential increase over MTB stuff? How can you justify it? I can see spending $500-$700 on a MTB wheelset b/c it's gonna be light'ish, yet still handle my jumping and stuff. What makes a $10,000 road wheelset worth any more than a set of DeeMax wheels? Is the carbon weave first chewed and then spit out by a Cherokee squa prior to the embedding process? I just assumed that it would cost more to build a high end MTB than high end roadie due to the additional stress on componentry.
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Seriously though...look at how much actual thought and technology goes into mountain bikes. You try to make stuff stupid light, yet still tough enough to handle the terrain.

You spend thousands of hours and CAD time designing suspension design that sucks up the terrain yet accelerates well.
To make a road bike accelerate well...stand up and push. All your energy goes to the rear wheel anyway. Sure, some designs and materials can dampen road vibration better than others but if you can't handle pea-gravel chatter...




With road components...you can make stuff stupid light but it doesn't need to withstand all the rigors. So why the exponential increase over MTB stuff? How can you justify it? I can see spending $500-$700 on a MTB wheelset b/c it's gonna be light'ish, yet still handle my jumping and stuff. What makes a $10,000 road wheelset worth any more than a set of DeeMax wheels? Is the carbon weave first chewed and then spit out by a Cherokee squa prior to the embedding process? I just assumed that it would cost more to build a high end MTB than high end roadie due to the additional stress on componentry.
Dude you should totally make your own road bike wheels. You could use bubblegum and rubber cement.

You could make road bikes too. You could save money by putting them together with crushed soda cans and toilet paper rolls.
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With road components...you can make stuff stupid light but it doesn't need to withstand all the rigors. So why the exponential increase over MTB stuff? How can you justify it? I can see spending $500-$700 on a MTB wheelset b/c it's gonna be light'ish, yet still handle my jumping and stuff. What makes a $10,000 road wheelset worth any more than a set of DeeMax wheels? Is the carbon weave first chewed and then spit out by a Cherokee squa prior to the embedding process? I just assumed that it would cost more to build a high end MTB than high end roadie due to the additional stress on componentry.
Road biking is more popular. Road racing is more popular. Road racing gets lots of media attention.
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Every so often the road forum has a thread on mountain bike parts that reads like this.
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Dude you should totally make your own road bike wheels. You could use bubblegum and rubber cement.

You could make road bikes too. You could save money by putting them together with crushed soda cans and toilet paper rolls.
At least somebody gets it
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Dude you should totally make your own road bike wheels. You could use bubblegum and rubber cement.

You could make road bikes too. You could save money by putting them together with crushed soda cans and toilet paper rolls.
Rubber cement is way too heavy for road applications. Super glue, when dry, only weighs 1 gram per tube.
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Seriously though...look at how much actual thought and technology goes into mountain bikes. You try to make stuff stupid light, yet still tough enough to handle the terrain.

You spend thousands of hours and CAD time designing suspension design that sucks up the terrain yet accelerates well.
To make a road bike accelerate well...stand up and push. All your energy goes to the rear wheel anyway. Sure, some designs and materials can dampen road vibration better than others but if you can't handle pea-gravel chatter...
and how much do aerodynamics go into mountain biking? there's a little more involved than you think apparently.

not trying to defend road biking, but let me tell you, you're way over-simplifying things.
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So why the exponential increase over MTB stuff?
Supply and demand. Roadies are more likely to pay that kind of money for parts. Even around here I see plenty of middle aged guys, stuffed into spandex like a sausage, riding very expensive road bikes. Its their money.. whatever.
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