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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.

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Old 10-30-13, 09:24 PM   #1
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Shimano R500 wheels

Are shimano R500 wheels ok for cross racing? If not is there something else in that price range? Now that I have the bike I want I want to get the frame and build it up piece by piece for as little as possible but with decent quality stuff. My tri bike and a friends road bike both use the shimano r500 wheel set so I assume it would be ok for cross. I found a few on ebay for decent prices so I am just curious.
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They are economical and sturdy but none too light. They'd work fine for CX.
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They are economical and sturdy but none too light. They'd work fine for CX.
Is there anything as economical but lighter? I don't want to increase the cost and am looking for used parts but really know nothing about wheels. I am looking at SRAM Rival used parts for my components, with the exception of a new chain, chain rings and cog. I am thinking salsa cowbell handle bars, a carbon seat post from ebay, a cheap seat from ebay(Maybe a used fizik), frog leg brakes, and I think that about does it. Hoping for a decent light weight bike for around 1600 which is what the LBS sales the crocket for but I like SRAM and I like the color of the Crocket frame set only.
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... a carbon seat post from ebay, ...
Slightly OT, but do yourself a favor and pick up a used Thomson Elite. Not much weight or price difference, but significantly more durable. There's a time and a place for cheap carbon, but the seatpost on a CX bike is not it.
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