This is my first post here, so first a little background. I have been mountain biking for a couple of years now and recently completed my first 35 mile race and it was a blast. I started riding a single speed road bike for a couple of reasons - to commute to work (6 mile ride), to train for mountain biking, and then because my wife got a road bike and started wanting to ride together. Here's my Cannondale Rush with Mavic 818 tubeless, XT drivetrain, and a few other mods.
I built a 1965 Schwinn Collegiate that I have been riding with 26" mountain bike wheels and 1.25" slicks on it. It has been a fun bike to ride, but I'm ready for something lighter, stiffer and taller. It sits pretty low on 26" wheels.
So I picked up this carbon fiber Douglas frame, FSA ergo drop bars, a stem and a Cane Creek headset at Titus' yard sale last weekend as a starting point for a new build. It has vertical dropouts, so I am looking for the magic gear to keep about 80 gear inches and not run a tensioner. For me, the simpler and cleaner the better.
Right now I'm trying to choose wheels, I like the look of 16h or 20h wheels so that's what I'm going for.
Tell me what you think of these wheels:
or the cheapo Forte Titus
Any other parts advice for this build?