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Old 11-14-11, 11:26 PM   #1
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How many wheelsets?

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...)

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So here's a non-racing answer:

I have a Neuvation wheeset on my Tricross, weighting about 1500 grams (plus rubber of course). I also have a ready swapable DC-19 wheelset for rough stuff and loaded riding, but they feel like boat anchors after the Neuvations...I always leave them hanging in the garage.
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I've thought about this myself, and it seems that three wheelsets would be ideal (road, offroad, touring/commuting), but two sounds OK if you don't need the touring tires very often and can swap with the offroad wheels. The only problem with that plan is commuting: you can use a lightweight road wheelset, but it's a greater theft risk, you might be loading it with more stuff than works well, and you can potentially put unnecessary wear on nice road racing tires.
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My current collection;

Velocity A23/Shimano 105, 32 spoke, 12-27 ten speed cassette, 700x32 Vittoria Randonneur Hyper. This set is for bad urban pavement and dry gravel.



Velocity Dyad/Formula touring, 40 spoke, 12-30 ten speed cassette, 700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Cyclocross. This set is for singletrack, wet gravel and winter conditions.



Velocity A23/Shimano 105, 32 spoke, 11-23 ten speed cassette, 700x24 Conti Grand Prix



I'll share this wheelset between my road bike & CX bike.

I'm considering putting studded tires on this wheelset during Jan-Feb-March.
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Old 11-16-11, 07:30 AM   #5
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Wow, photos and everything - thanks! Some info I should add: my tyre collection is: 32mm Vittoria Randonneur Cross, Maxxis Locusts (might have the name wrong - 35mm knobbly), 23mm Rubino Pros. Gears are 26/36/48 front, 12-26 rear; would obviously get something roadier with a road wheelset.

Theft risk isn't much of an issue: I vary rarely park outside. (I have the luxury of parking in my office).
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Wow, photos and everything - thanks! Some info I should add: my tyre collection is: 32mm Vittoria Randonneur Cross, Maxxis Locusts (might have the name wrong - 35mm knobbly), 23mm Rubino Pros. Gears are 26/36/48 front, 12-26 rear; would obviously get something roadier with a road wheelset.

Theft risk isn't much of an issue: I vary rarely park outside. (I have the luxury of parking in my office).
I would consider the Velocity A23 rim for average roads and smooth gravel. It's 23 mm wide but is designed for 700x23mm wide road tires. It will also take a 700x35 tire. These are light-but-strong rims but not intended of trails or loaded touring. The Shimano road hubs, including Tiagra, 105 and Ultegra are very tough and durable. Velocity A23/Shimano 105 wheelsets being sold in the US for about $300.

http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=746

http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=749

The Velocity Dyad is 34mm wide and intended for mountain biking and loaded touring. They will take a wide range of touring and off-road tires from 700x28 to 700x50.

http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=584

http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=573

You could use your 700x32 or 700x35 tires with either rim.
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If The correct number of bikes one should own is N+1, then it stands to reason that the # of wheelsets would be (N+1) x 3+1. I have 4 bikes and 10 wheelsets............ crap, gotta go check out ebay.



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Some benefit for CX racing for a sew-up wheel set, as punctures mean a 3 day process to fix and re glue,
maybe several pairs.
but as a commuter , maybe not . clinchers.. and just change tires as the whim comes up
for something different
Myself, loaded touring is on it's own purposed bike..



Aggressive MTB riding suits a fatter tire than works to fit the OP's frame.
its not a 29er..
so unpaved roads is a more reasonable use.

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If The correct number of bikes one should own is N+1, then it stands to reason that the # of wheelsets would be (N+1) x 3+1. I have 4 bikes and 10 wheelsets............ crap, gotta go check out ebay.



sorry for the lack of insight, advice, or wit: and the bad math.
I think that's about right.

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