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    Best wheelset for 200lbs. daily use/racer

    I'm 200 lbs and looking to upgarde my wheelset. I do crits, road races, a few TT and a good amount of hills. I'm loking to spend $800 to 1000 dollars on a set. Whats everyones experiences? opinion. My current set weighs roughly 2000grams and is shimano.

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    I'm in the 200-205 pound range. I like my custom wheelset built up with DT Swiss Champion 2.0 spokes, DT Swiss 1.2 rims and White industry hubs. Although these are a bit heavy they are very stiff and responsive. I just recently got some Fulcrum Racing 1's and love these wheels to death. I don't have enough miles on them to give a longevity report but they are fast, very stiff and responsive, and look great!!! I've tried several lightweight wheels but they were usually too flexy and I ended up breaking spokes on them. Most will recommend going the custom route, which I totally agree with.
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    I weigh 235 and have ridden Mavic Open Pros, Dt Swiss Alpine III spokes laced to Record Hubs... over 1500 miles city streets.. barely had to true my rear wheel last week. front wheel is still true.. no problem what so ever..
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    Mavic Open Pros with 36 spokes, 3x crossing, double butted is a good option.

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    If you rode Campy, I'd tell you that the Fulcrum Racing 1's I'm selling are excellent. However, being that you're a Shimano guy, I'll still say Fulcrum 1's, but you'll need to look elsewhere (or know how to change the freehub).
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    At about the same weight and use--if I had the coin--I'd pick up Easton Orion II's for @$750. 3x laced Open Pro's are certainly a durable option but a bit below spec unless you pursue DT 190 hubs and Ti spokes to up the ante a bit (not that I would).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    At about the same weight and use--if I had the coin--I'd pick up Easton Orion II's for @$750. 3x laced Open Pro's are certainly a durable option but a bit below spec unless you pursue DT 190 hubs and Ti spokes to up the ante a bit (not that I would).
    Ti spokes are quite flexy from what I hear... But a big +1 on the Easton. The Orion II and Tempest II are some fine wheels.
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    I'll keep putting in plugs for my wheels... 'cause they're awesome (it's true, I did research and NASA confirmed it... they're awesome):

    http://www.rolfprima.com/products/2007_vigor_rs.html

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    So are customs just as light ans the factory counterparts? Whats the benefits to the custom over the factory? would any of the mavic series be any good?
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    Daily use/racers are two seperate wheelsets.
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    If you get nothing else from this thread, just know that a 200-pound rider doesn't need 36 spokes to get a good wheelset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grahny
    I'll keep putting in plugs for my wheels... 'cause they're awesome (it's true, I did research and NASA confirmed it... they're awesome):

    http://www.rolfprima.com/products/2007_vigor_rs.html

    Do you think the vigors would be strong enough? How much areo advangtage do they provide?
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Daily use/racers are two seperate wheelsets.
    Should I get a Wheelset just for races? and use my old pair just for training?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhputt
    Do you think the vigors would be strong enough? How much areo advangtage do they provide?
    The Vigors are some strong wheels. I think their rim depth is 38mm, so more on the aero side than not, and the RS version has no weight limit IIRC. FWIW, they also make a Tandem version, also low spoke count, that is good for a team of at least 350#.

    (edit) The Vigor RS max weight is listed at 230, and the Vigor Tandem is 380.
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    I have been riding Ksyrium Elites for about 4 months. I weigh 195, but am not a racer. I have not yet had to put a wrench on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    The Vigors are some strong wheels. I think their rim depth is 38mm, so more on the aero side than not, and the RS version has no weight limit IIRC. FWIW, they also make a Tandem version, also low spoke count, that is good for a team of at least 350#.

    (edit) The Vigor RS max weight is listed at 230, and the Vigor Tandem is 380.

    What DrPete said... but 34mm deep I think. I have the '06 model which was the exact same as the regular Vigors for that year, but with 40g more material in the rear rim, which made them weigh in just under 1,500g. The '07's (in the link above) have more material in the rim, but they also added 2 more spokes to both wheels. I asked their customer service about the '06's to make sure they'd hold up, and they said at my weight (190lbs) don't sweat it. The aero advantage is negligible at 34mm, but they do hold speeds in the low-mid 20's very nicely. Light enough that they climb just fine as well.

    So far I've got just over 2,700 miles on them and they have taken a decent pounding on the crap roads I ride. They've been perfectly true out of the box since day 1. *knocks on wood*

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    The 2 ~300 lbs cyclists I ride with use Eurus....but you want Shimmy...so +1 on the Fulrcum 1s.
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    Indestructable Sunrim rear wheel. DT Alpine spokes (Yes, the ones they use on tandems).

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    195lbs, use Ksyrium ES. Love them.

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    Thanks for your advice. I like the lightness of the Ksyrium ES and the Vigors. Is the wieght of the vigors worth the aero advantage?


    Do you guys use two different sets for racing and training?
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerglide
    The 2 ~300 lbs cyclists I ride with use Eurus....but you want Shimmy...so +1 on the Fulrcum 1s.
    I do believe you can get the Eurus in a Shimano freehub too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    I do believe you can get the Eurus in a Shimano freehub too...
    You sure can. The Eurus were on my list when I was researching wheels to buy. I also considered the Vigor RS's.
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    +1 For Rolf Prima. I ordered my new bike with a set of Vigor RS and have been really happy with these wheels. At 1300 miles of mainly chip seal based roads and a wide assortment of bumps and bangs they are still true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmess
    +1 For Rolf Prima. I ordered my new bike with a set of Vigor RS and have been really happy with these wheels. At 1300 miles of mainly chip seal based roads and a wide assortment of bumps and bangs they are still true.
    Yeah, were I not 25 lbs over the weight limit for their carbon wheels (I mean, come on--180??!!) I'd have strongly considered them.
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