First, sorry to post a non-racing question. The (stock ACE-19) rims on my 2009 tricross sport are wearing out, and I'm considering getting 2, or possibly 3 wheelsets to replace them. I do a fair bit of commuting, touring, mtb (see video at bottom), and some road rides with friends.
It seems to me the needs are a bit different:
- touring: strong, not too heavy
- mtb: bombproof, no matter how heavy
- commuting (35km rt): whatever
- road rides: light! (I recently did a 350km ride over two days, borrowed some light wheels [1kg total saving], and was surprised at the difference)
I'm curious what other people do, if they have similar needs. I guess the obvious thing would be a strong set for mtb and touring, a light set for road rides, and commuting on whatever happens to be on either.
Opinions? Thoughts? Things I should think about? I don't have a clear idea of a budget yet - was pretty surprised to discover in the LBS recently that the bike I paid $1900 for in 2009 now retails for $1450, thanks to strong Australian dollar, and I think some downgrading of components. (And mildly pissed off to discover there's now a Spec. Crux with disks...)