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    Fulcrum Racing 3 and Ultegra 6800 Wheelset. Comparable?

    Hey all, looking to buy a new wheelset with the tax refund! I've been eyeing the Racing 3's for a while but am also considering the 6800's. My question though, is are they comparable? Or should I be looking at a different set. I ride mostly flats with some small hills sprinkled in. Also looking to enter a few races this season. Any thoughts or advice? I've got fulcrum racing 7's right now and am just looking for something lighter and give me a nice boost in feel too.

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    Don't have an answer to your specific question.
    However I also looked at the Fulcrum line (spec. F5LG, Quattro) and 6800 as a new wheelset option (I vacillate between pref for wider track, deeper profile). What discouraged me from considering the F3 was the rear spoke design. (Beyond being 75g lighter, to me the F3 has only one other enticing benefit - no need for rim tape).
    All have decent price points so whichever product selected will be a win.

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    I used to own Fulcrum racing 3. Can't wait to get another bike that is on par for a set. They were awesome. Merlin Cycles has a basket discount going right now.Fulcrum Racing 3 Wheels | Merlin Cycles

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    They're another 40$ off when you put them in your basket.

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    Another vote here for the Racing 3's.

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    I have Racing 5 with 6800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konman795 View Post
    Hey all, looking to buy a new wheelset with the tax refund! I've been eyeing the Racing 3's for a while but am also considering the 6800's. My question though, is are they comparable? Or should I be looking at a different set. I ride mostly flats with some small hills sprinkled in. Also looking to enter a few races this season. Any thoughts or advice? I've got fulcrum racing 7's right now and am just looking for something lighter and give me a nice boost in feel too.
    I have a pair of Fulcrum 3s and I'm not thrilled about them. They are light, fast spinning, but a little bit harsh. I upgraded from a super-old mavic wheelset and for general riding I like the mavics better, because they are much-much smoother.

    To be honest after trying a couple of wheelsets on mid-level bikes I think there is no major difference at this pricepoint. I think everything below $500 will feel almost the same. Don't get me wrong, you can save a few hundred grams, you will feel that they spin up faster, climb faster, but at an amateur level it won't make any difference in measurable performance.

    If I were you, I'd save up for nicer wheels, like the Mavic Elites or have one built (i.e. Hoops). Those would be clear upgrades over the Racing 7s.

    EDIT: To answer your question I'd get the 6800 set, because they are much cheaper ($299 @ Probikekit) and easier serviceable.

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