Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-27-09, 08:49 AM   #1
black_box
Fax Transport Specialist
Thread Starter
 
black_box's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: chicago burbs
Bikes: '07 fuji cross pro, '10 gary fisher x-caliber
Posts: 898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
2nd set of wheels, for CX or road?

I bought my cross bike last year ('07 fuji cross pro), it came with 32mm Ritchey Speedmax tires, wheel specs: 32H Formula hubs, Alex ACE-19 rims, 2.0mm straight spokes. I don't know how the stock wheels compare to whats available. They need to be trued (never done, possibly poor from factory?) but seem to be tolerating the abuse.

I just got a set of rollers and thought road tires would be a good idea. So if I get a new wheelset, I could go for a lightweight road set and road tires, or get a sturdy set for off-road and use the stock wheels with road tires.

Price limit, under $500. I'm 135 lbs and do some rides exclusively on paved surfaces, but will also mix in some hardpack, loose gravel, and light single-track (a few small bumps/drops cause chain slap, occasional roots/rocks, 4" or less?). I might try cross racing, too. Any suggestions?
black_box is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-09, 09:06 AM   #2
knobster
.
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Comp, Soma ES
Posts: 3,979
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd go with the light road wheels. Quite a few choices for $500, but you probably won't be able to go very light. Still, even 1700 gram wheels will be much better than those Alex wheels. I'd save them for cross even if it's just an experiment. Spend the money on something you know you'll do, not just try.
__________________
Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.
knobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-09, 09:47 AM   #3
bluenote157
Senior Member
 
bluenote157's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: DC
Bikes: Surly CC, Raleigh Team Pro, Specialized Rockhopper
Posts: 958
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you stick with the alex ones with road tires, make sure that your road tires are at least 25c. I was thinking the same thing but didn't do it after i realized the alex rims are slightly on the wider side and that my continentals were 23c which didn't look right at all.
bluenote157 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-09, 10:01 AM   #4
trustnoone
Senior Member
 
trustnoone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Edmonton AB
Bikes: 2011 Colnago World Cup, 2012 Eddy Merckx AMX-2
Posts: 517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As soon as I have $500 I don't have another use for I'm gertting these: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/187...d-Wheelset.htm

Fulcrum 5 are in the same price range or slightly more expensive than Easton EA50 or Mavic Aksium/Kysrium. They are tubless ready which I think is a pretty cool feature at this price. The Fulcrum, Easton, Mavic's are all good for road or cross. My '09 Kona Jake the Snake came with Aksiums which are nice enough for me and take five minutes to change a conti GP4000 without tools.
trustnoone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-09, 10:16 AM   #5
scattered73
Justin
 
scattered73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bayou City
Bikes: Soma Double Cross, KHS Urban Uno
Posts: 1,051
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had my lbs handbuild me a set of wheels and have been very pleased with them. Just told the builder what kind of abuse these wheels would see and gave price range let them pick parts and configuration of the wheels. Mine with new cassette cost around $425 stronger and lighter than the stock alex wheels that came with the bike I had. They spent quite a while talking with me about what parts would be used and configuration and the advantages of them with initial ordered the wheels with them. My next wheelset will be locally built.

Last edited by scattered73; 08-27-09 at 10:31 AM.
scattered73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-09, 08:15 PM   #6
stevage
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Sport 2009
Posts: 1,487
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
>I was thinking the same thing but didn't do it after i realized the alex rims are slightly on the wider side and that my continentals were 23c which didn't look right at all.

Dunno about "look right", but I run Vittoria Rubino Pro 23mm on the Alex-19 rims, and it works well.
stevage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-09, 03:00 AM   #7
meanwhile
Senior Member
 
meanwhile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 4,033
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For running on a trainer and even general road use I'd look on ebay and find something ok for $100. I got a perfectly good pair of perfectly good brand new MTB wheels for less than that - I just had to read a few mtbr reviews on wheels from less prestigous manufacturers. They'd probably die a little sooner than the best $400 wheels if used hard off road and they'd pull me back minutely in a race. But I'm not using them for that, so I don't care.

Use a few bucks of the left over money to get the Ritchey wheels trued, buy a cheap hydration pack, several pairs of good tyres, and put the rest in a bike repair fund. Or invest it in some bike tools. Or beer.
meanwhile is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:51 AM.