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    FSA Wheelset?

    Looking for some suggestions. I have been looking to upgrade my wheels and went to my local road bike shop and they felt the best option would be the FSA RD600. How do they compare to say Mavics or Campagnolo? I am 6'2" 190lbs. Thanks.

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    Have only <100 miles on the RD600 got off ebay, new so a longevity report is months away. Seem well made and I can tell no great difference between the Mavic SSC SL. I have a bike with the RD80 wheels and they have been pretty much bombproof. However, I am 140lbs so take the comments with a grain of salt. Stay away from the RD400 as they have had many problems with that model. Do a search on the board.

    Now for a recommendation: the Campy Vento wheelset(Campy entry level when purchased) is the best wheel for the money. Smooth, stays true, bling for the buck. If weight is not your goal take a look at the Vento.

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    Oilman, would love to see some shots of the rd600 on your bike. These wheels are one of those mythical wheels you never really ever see in real life (at least I haven't, across many group rides, organized centuries and a few races). Sorta like the dt swiss RR 1450 mon chasseral.

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    On RoadBikeReview.com there were some reviews of some of the FSA wheels. Some FSA wheelset owners posted reviews that showed some problems with spokes and cracked rims. I don't own a set so I'd recommend doing a search on roadbikereview.com and see what you find.

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    Thank you much, I will have a look at that site. It will come down to the dollars I want to spend at the end of the day and from what I can tell Mavics are probably the way to go for the long term.

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    Well I am sad to report that the FSA RD-600 wheels I purchased are a pain in the arse. The ride quality is fantastic but I am having the same noise problems others have reported. I checked the spoke tension and found one way out of range(loose) and tightened it to match the other spokes. It is a major pain to do this as you have to demount the tire. Well after remounting the wheel and taking a test spin around the neighborhood, less than 10 miles, the creaking noise returned. Since I purchased these "new, never ridden" off scambay I'm pretty much stuck with trying to find a solution short of sending them to FSA for a possible replacement. Should have done more research before I pulled the trigger.

    The noise is only under load when climbing so I am leaning toward spokes loosening? Any good ideas would be appreciated.

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    here's my solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steaktaco
    here's my solution.
    I guess I am confused with the link? Nice bike what is the solution?

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    His solution is that he owns a set and must like them

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    Also for the same amount of money(or most likley less on ebay) I would go with a set of ac-420 but I am really fond of AC wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    I guess I am confused with the link? Nice bike what is the solution?
    uhm... external nipples?

    bent a spoke in a crash and rebuilt the wheel with double-butted spokes. I built it a lot stiffer, nice for acceleration, took a little getting used to cornering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steaktaco
    uhm... external nipples?

    bent a spoke in a crash and rebuilt the wheel with double-butted spokes. I built it a lot stiffer, nice for acceleration, took a little getting used to cornering.
    With ,what 5 or 6 different size spokes how much did that conversion set you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carm
    Looking for some suggestions. I have been looking to upgrade my wheels and went to my local road bike shop and they felt the best option would be the FSA RD600. How do they compare to say Mavics or Campagnolo? I am 6'2" 190lbs. Thanks.
    I bought a set of Zonda's last summer. The best money I've ever spent. Like the other's have said, read roadbikereview.com FSA wheels get very mixed reviews. Campy wheels get virtually perfect reviews. Campy wheels are maintenance free. That will save you big money in the long run on truing costs. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    With ,what 5 or 6 different size spokes how much did that conversion set you back.
    Sorry, I had a second look at your picture and the above makes no sense. But it begs the question why buy $600 wheels to have to relace the spokes?

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    $50 for spokes. just find an lbs with a spoke cutter and you're set. there are only 4 lengths.

    But it begs the question why buy $600 wheels to have to relace the spokes?
    why buy a $4,000 bike and replace the wheels?

    the wheels were $300 on ebay and were fine most of the season. a collision (didn't actually crash) bent a spoke and I thought it was a good opportunity to make the nipples outboard so I can true them if I have to in the middle of a stage-race.
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    Well here is another update. Got the lubrication proceedure off FSA website Q&A and lubed the rear hub according to the proceedure. Put the rear wheel back on and just did a 7 mile around the neighborhood with 2 good steep climbs and the noise is gone! FSA recommends doing this 2 times a year! Going to try to get a 40 mile ride this week and see if the noise reappears.

    When I took the rear hub apart, which was very easy, I was surprised that there was almost no grease in the axel and hub area. For new wheels, how does FSA think this is a quality job? Bought the RD-600 wheels because I have a set of RD-80's and they were troublefree, stayed true no matter what and essentially bombproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Well here is another update. Got the lubrication proceedure off FSA website Q&A and lubed the rear hub according to the proceedure. Put the rear wheel back on and just did a 7 mile around the neighborhood with 2 good steep climbs and the noise is gone! FSA recommends doing this 2 times a year! Going to try to get a 40 mile ride this week and see if the noise reappears.

    When I took the rear hub apart, which was very easy, I was surprised that there was almost no grease in the axel and hub area. For new wheels, how does FSA think this is a quality job? Bought the RD-600 wheels because I have a set of RD-80's and they were troublefree, stayed true no matter what and essentially bombproof.
    I thought the noise was at the spokes?
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    I did also but I talked to my trusted LBS owner and he said it sounded like a hub noise. Will see after a 50 mile ride which may not happen soon with the return of winter to the east.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    I did also but I talked to my trusted LBS owner and he said it sounded like a hub noise. Will see after a 50 mile ride which may not happen soon with the return of winter to the east.
    Will reply to my own post here. Thirty mile ride yesterday without a squeak, rattle or noise from the rear wheel! Tried to get in some hills, maybe 2000 feet of climbing, and no noises. So it looks like the rear hub was the source of the noises. Hope this info is useful to someone in the future and maybe the QC people from FSA will read it and start with some proper lubrication in the first place.

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