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Old 03-24-14, 06:27 PM   #1
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Alloy wheelset for track and road riding?

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I haven't posted in awhile so hello again. Anyways, I'm looking for a new wheelset for my kilo tt because I want something more suited for the roads and not just the drome. I have my heart set on something metal, not carbon. I have my reasons, just don't ask!! To be honest, I just want the most durable set of wheels out there but I also need something that is very light. Again, nothing carbon, strictly metal. Also, I really don't know the first thing about wheels so what are the various materials used and what should I look for? Thanks!
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Any wheel with fixed threading on the hub will be appropriate for both applications. Really what you're asking for is a reasonably light everyday wheel. There are many rim choices for you out there - what is your body weight? Also you're going to want some sealed cartridge bearing hubs, no DA for you. Formula hubs (or something suitable) sounds perfect for your application IMO.
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Any wheel with fixed threading on the hub will be appropriate for both applications. Really what you're asking for is a reasonably light everyday wheel. There are many rim choices for you out there - what is your body weight? Also you're going to want some sealed cartridge bearing hubs, no DA for you. Formula hubs (or something suitable) sounds perfect for your application IMO.
I am about 150 pound or so. But what are sealed cartridge bearing hubs and DA? And also formula hubs? Thanks!
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Anyways, I'm looking for a new wheelset for my kilo tt because I want something more suited for the roads and not just the drome.
Are you suggesting that the wheels that came with your KiloTT are only suitable for the track? I find that bizarre ... unless they don't have a machined braking surface and even that's not critical, just desirable. Let's face it, the KiloTT is a budget bike and nothing on it is of a type or quality that would make it track specific and unsuitable for the road.

So why is it you're changing the wheels?
Yes, wanting betting wheels is a reasonable answer.
Alloy rims is the right choice.
You don't need Dura Ace or any of those higher end hubs, humble old Formula and the pantheon of hubs in the same price range will see you find.

Velomine are often recommended on here and there you should find a wide range of wheels to suit. Failing that, contact the dreaded Scrod, at least you get real advice along with your wheelset.

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Are you suggesting that the wheels that came with your KiloTT are only suitable for the track? I find that bizarre ... unless they don't have a machined braking surface and even that's not critical, just desirable. Let's face it, the KiloTT is a budget bike and nothing on it is of a type or quality that would make it track specific and unsuitable for the road.

So why is it you're changing the wheels?
Yes, wanting betting wheels is a reasonable answer.
Alloy rims is the right choice.
You don't need Dura Ace or any of those higher end hubs, humble old Formula and the pantheon of hubs in the same price range will see you find.

Velomine are often recommended on here and there you should find a wide range of wheels to suit. Failing that, contact the dreaded Scrod, at least you get real advice along with your wheelset.
Alright sounds good, thank you! Btw the reason I'm in want of a new wheelset, #1 . I honestly just want to upgrade. I've had these for awhile and I have the money for it so I'm just itching for an upgrade. Anyway thanks again!
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Mavic Open Pros laced to Formula hubs is a good place to start! If the wheels your Kilo came with are the "deep v" Weinmanns, I could totally understand your urge to upgrade ... my friend has a set and the hubs are just bleh.
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