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Jyyanks 04-12-13 06:40 PM

My budget was less than yours and I got a set of custom wheels. I'm not a racer by any means and was just looking for a better set of wheels that I could ride in rough roads. I ride for leisure, fun and fitness, not for speed. I basically told the builder my weight, what I wanted to use the wheels for and my budget and I got a beautiful set of custom wheels. I brought them to the shop and all the pros and mechanics ooo''s and ahhhh'd and made a big fuss about them. I highly recommend custom with your budget.

Wooden Tiger 04-12-13 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Jyyanks (Post 15504490)
My budget was less than yours and I got a set of custom wheels. I'm not a racer by any means and was just looking for a better set of wheels that I could ride in rough roads. I ride for leisure, fun and fitness, not for speed. I basically told the builder my weight, what I wanted to use the wheels for and my budget and I got a beautiful set of custom wheels. I brought them to the shop and all the pros and mechanics ooo''s and ahhhh'd and made a big fuss about them. I highly recommend custom with your budget.

This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. :thumb:

seymour1910 04-12-13 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by CrankAndYank (Post 15503147)
Boyd.

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Originally Posted by echotraveler (Post 15503996)
+1

Not all people buy wheels simply based on looks or because they think the wheels will make them faster. I was having trouble keeping my wheels true so I went with BOYD Rouleurs in the 24/28 spoke count. I weigh 220 and the wheels are solid. No flex and they stay true through all kinds of riding. I paid $435 for the wheels including shipping to my door in two days. The wheels being only 1582g doesn't hurt either.

Clipped_in 04-12-13 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger (Post 15504880)
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Originally Posted by Jyyanks (Post 15504490)
My budget was less than yours and I got a set of custom wheels. I'm not a racer by any means and was just looking for a better set of wheels that I could ride in rough roads. I ride for leisure, fun and fitness, not for speed. I basically told the builder my weight, what I wanted to use the wheels for and my budget and I got a beautiful set of custom wheels. I brought them to the shop and all the pros and mechanics ooo''s and ahhhh'd and made a big fuss about them. I highly recommend custom with your budget.

This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. :thumb:

Contact Rob at Psimet LINK and provide the same information and tell him your pricepoint. I'll bet he could get you into a nice Kinlin build.

Good luck!

contango 04-13-13 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Christobevii3 (Post 15503860)
Alex wheels are pretty terrible about staying true. You could buy any name brand wheelset and do better.

I seemed to do OK with Alex rims, the stock ACE-19 that came with my Tricross did me OK. I broke one spoke (which I think was because I'd locked the bike on a slight slope and ended up with one spoke supporting the weight of the bike against the lock), and then cracked the rim after hitting a pothole at 35mph. Until I cracked the rim they had done me just fine for 5000-odd miles and I'm not exactly a featherweight rider.

I bought the bike used so don't know how many miles the previous owner put on them.

Wooden Tiger 04-13-13 04:20 AM

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Originally Posted by seymour1910 (Post 15505050)
Not all people buy wheels simply based on looks or because they think the wheels will make them faster. I was having trouble keeping my wheels true so I went with BOYD Rouleurs in the 24/28 spoke count. I weigh 220 and the wheels are solid. No flex and they stay true through all kinds of riding. I paid $435 for the wheels including shipping to my door in two days. The wheels being only 1582g doesn't hurt either.

I think we're all looking for improvements when swapping out parts but I don't believe wheels are going to make me a "faster" rider. I do think a more solid or better quality wheel will help me get the existing power transferred to the ground a little bit better but I certainly don't expect a new set of wheels, or any other modification for that matter, to make me Lance.

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Originally Posted by Clipped_in (Post 15505157)
Contact Rob at Psimet LINK and provide the same information and tell him your pricepoint. I'll bet he could get you into a nice Kinlin build.

Good luck!

I did send the guys at Psimet an email. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon. :thumb:

I've heard Boyd's mentioned a few times. I guess it doesn't hurt to check them out as well. :thumb:

Jyyanks 04-14-13 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger (Post 15505350)
I think we're all looking for improvements when swapping out parts but I don't believe wheels are going to make me a "faster" rider. I do think a more solid or better quality wheel will help me get the existing power transferred to the ground a little bit better but I certainly don't expect a new set of wheels, or any other modification for that matter, to make me Lance.



I did send the guys at Psimet an email. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon. :thumb:

I've heard Boyd's mentioned a few times. I guess it doesn't hurt to check them out as well. :thumb:

I got my wheels from psimet. He does take a while to answer emails (though I got a response right away just took him some time to get back to me on some follow up questions). The wheels he built me are amazing and I'm very happy with the results. Good Luck!

Wooden Tiger 04-14-13 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Jyyanks (Post 15509888)
I got my wheels from psimet. He does take a while to answer emails (though I got a response right away just took him some time to get back to me on some follow up questions). The wheels he built me are amazing and I'm very happy with the results. Good Luck!

Good to know! :thumb:

wphamilton 04-14-13 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger (Post 15503769)
... My wife's bike has Shimano R20s or something like that and they seem far more aerodynamic than my wheels and I know hers are nothing to brag about. With every gust of wind I either get "stuffed" or the entire bike feels like it's going to take off like a jet. ...

I don't think that wheels can cause this, or that a more aero wheel can correct it. Just a word of caution.

Wooden Tiger 04-14-13 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by wphamilton (Post 15509968)
I don't think that wheels can cause this, or that a more aero wheel can correct it. Just a word of caution.

I've ridden her bike in windy conditions and while there's still some fighting with the wind, it's not nearly as bad as with my bike. I guess I'm just not sure what else it could be aside from the wheels. :backpedal: While I don't doubt there's going to be some issues with the wind regardless of what I get, there has to be something out there that's a vast improvement over the wheels I currently have...

BTM87 04-14-13 06:36 PM

What about RS80 C24s. That's what I ended up getting. My budget was much bigger but I couldn't really justify it given my usage - primarily fitness and fun. No racing, no immediate plans to. No rider weight limit, light-ish at 15xx grams, aluminum brake track, and a touch over $500 on CRC.

Wooden Tiger 04-14-13 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by BTM87 (Post 15510320)
What about RS80 C24s. That's what I ended up getting. My budget was much bigger but I couldn't really justify it given my usage - primarily fitness and fun. No racing, no immediate plans to. No rider weight limit, light-ish at 15xx grams, aluminum brake track, and a touch over $500 on CRC.

I'm game to look at anything that's going to be noticeable difference, I'm not brand-specific. I don't need something great as I'm far more into MTBing than road cycling anyway...

wphamilton 04-14-13 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger (Post 15510006)
I've ridden her bike in windy conditions and while there's still some fighting with the wind, it's not nearly as bad as with my bike. I guess I'm just not sure what else it could be aside from the wheels. :backpedal: While I don't doubt there's going to be some issues with the wind regardless of what I get, there has to be something out there that's a vast improvement over the wheels I currently have...

I doubt that there will be anything resulting in a vast improvement with respect to wind resistance, but don't let my opinion stop you from weighing the alternatives :) I'm just trying to help you keep the possibilities in perspective.

oespinoza83 04-14-13 06:48 PM

Neuvation

Gjc985 04-14-13 06:58 PM

I weigh about the same and was looking for the same thing and went with boyd wheels and do not regret it one bit. A few other companies mentioned....wont name any names took weeks to get back to me with questions. My vitesse wheels have held up great and boyd's customer service is second to none

Wooden Tiger 04-14-13 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by wphamilton (Post 15510365)
I doubt that there will be anything resulting in a vast improvement with respect to wind resistance, but don't let my opinion stop you from weighing the alternatives :) I'm just trying to help you keep the possibilities in perspective.

Hey, I appreciate it. I'm just looking for a few nice advantages to make the job a little easier. :thumb:

Tober1 04-14-13 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger (Post 15510333)
I'm game to look at anything that's going to be noticeable difference, I'm not brand-specific. I don't need something great as I'm far more into MTBing than road cycling anyway...

Do a couple searches on here and around the internetz. You'll find there's a big following for the RS80-c24. Apparently they're great wheels. I actually just picked up a pair and am waiting on them. I got them shipped to Canada for 425 from Wiggle. Used 12-Extra for an extra 12% off.

They use the same rim as the Dura Ace version and basically an Ultegra hub. The added weight is in the hub which is where it matters least wheel-wise. Very much looking forward to spinning them up.

Wooden Tiger 04-14-13 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Tober1 (Post 15510889)
Do a couple searches on here and around the internetz. You'll find there's a big following for the RS80-c24. Apparently they're great wheels. I actually just picked up a pair and am waiting on them. I got them shipped to Canada for 425 from Wiggle. Used 12-Extra for an extra 12% off.

They use the same rim as the Dura Ace version and basically an Ultegra hub. The added weight is in the hub which is where it matters least wheel-wise. Very much looking forward to spinning them up.

Cool! Let me know how they work for you when you get them. I'm not in any huge hurry to buy as I've been doing a lot of trail riding on the MTB. :)

georges1 04-15-13 04:28 AM

if not mavic then check easton, ritchey and reynolds

Wooden Tiger 04-15-13 05:38 AM

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Originally Posted by georges1 (Post 15511492)
if not mavic then check easton, ritchey and reynolds

Yes, they were definitely all on my list to check; doesn't have to be Mavic. On some of the wheels I've read mixed reviews on various sites but who knows what to believe. For everyone who says a particular wheel flexes and sucks, another one raves about how great it is. I'm gathering there are probably two parties reviewing these; those who "think" they're "pro" and those who just bought their first upgrade at Performance Bike at the urging from the sales staff.

MileHighMark 04-15-13 11:20 AM

I've been really pleased with the new Pacenti SL23 rims. You can read the review here:

http://www.gravelbike.com/?p=1847

M_Wales 04-15-13 11:37 AM

Psimet

I have been riding 2 sets of his wheels and they are rock solid and very dependable. Very happy with them..

Commodus 04-15-13 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Tober1 (Post 15510889)
Do a couple searches on here and around the internetz. You'll find there's a big following for the RS80-c24. Apparently they're great wheels. I actually just picked up a pair and am waiting on them. I got them shipped to Canada for 425 from Wiggle. Used 12-Extra for an extra 12% off.

They use the same rim as the Dura Ace version and basically an Ultegra hub. The added weight is in the hub which is where it matters least wheel-wise. Very much looking forward to spinning them up.

I ride these as well, great wheels.

Though I would not recommend them over a nice set of handbuilds from someone like Psimet.

Wooden Tiger 04-15-13 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by MileHighMark (Post 15512863)
I've been really pleased with the new Pacenti SL23 rims. You can read the review here:

http://www.gravelbike.com/?p=1847

Thanks!

qualia8 04-15-13 02:31 PM

Absolutely, yes. Take your budget to $650 or so and snag a sale and you will totally transform your ride.


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