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Old 03-25-13, 09:28 AM   #1
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Wheelset recommendation for ~$500

Hey ya'll, I'm looking to buy a wheelset for around $500 dollars. I'd post in the 41, but I figured I would get a better response in regards to possible local wheel builders if that is better.

I currently have Easton Circuits that weigh around 1650g, so I'd like to get something that isn't heavier than them. I mostly ride good roads and do a fair amount of climbing. I currently sit at 6' 190lbs give or take a pound.

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Old 03-25-13, 09:57 AM   #2
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Do you like the Circuits?

Occasionally, Performance sells the Easton EA90SLX wheels for about $500.
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Old 03-25-13, 10:55 AM   #3
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I do like them. They haven't given me any issues. Like I said, it's more of a want than a need. I would like to try out wider 23mm rims that everyone is talking about.
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Aren't your Circuits 23mm? Or do you mean 25mm?

I had a pair of Velomax Circuit Comps (roughly equivalent to your Circuits). They lasted 10 years with no problems before they just simply wore out. Great wheels.

I saw the Easton EA90SLX's for sale at Performance for about $500 (and the 10% member giveback) and couldn't resist. They're 1450g, and I've had no issues with them. Good wheels. And they periodically go on sale for the same price I got them for.

I think I might have a set of 3X built for me next time, though.
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People seem to like these and they're on a 23mm rim

http://www.boydcycling.com/products/...-clincher.html

I don't think I can tell the difference between 19 and 23mm (my new set is 23) other than the fact I can run them at a lower pressure. 10 psi lower is kind of nice.
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Old 03-25-13, 06:40 PM   #6
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Aren't your Circuits 23mm? Or do you mean 25mm?

I had a pair of Velomax Circuit Comps (roughly equivalent to your Circuits). They lasted 10 years with no problems before they just simply wore out. Great wheels.

I saw the Easton EA90SLX's for sale at Performance for about $500 (and the 10% member giveback) and couldn't resist. They're 1450g, and I've had no issues with them. Good wheels. And they periodically go on sale for the same price I got them for.

I think I might have a set of 3X built for me next time, though.
No. Mine are the old Circuits with Velomax hubs.

http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-and-Cr...eless-Wheelset


Can these hold my weight? 16 spokes on the front seems too little.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:11 PM   #7
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People seem to like these and they're on a 23mm rim

http://www.boydcycling.com/products/...-clincher.html

I don't think I can tell the difference between 19 and 23mm (my new set is 23) other than the fact I can run them at a lower pressure. 10 psi lower is kind of nice.
Got a pair of these! They are fast, roll forever and not only are they 23mm wide, they are 28mm in depth. Boyd Johnson will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours should you have any questions on his wheels. They are great to work with. I bought last years model that was around $500. Perhaps they still have some older stock. The 2013 version have new hubs. I'm happy with mine and think they are already fast but with the new designed hubs, they've got to be better! Also run lower tire pressures and it is very comfortable too.
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No. Mine are the old Circuits with Velomax hubs.

http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-and-Cr...eless-Wheelset


Can these hold my weight? 16 spokes on the front seems too little.

Shimano wheels are known to be pretty durable. Those ultegra wheels are not any lighter than what you already have. Something like the RS80's would be more of an upgrade. If you dont mind ordering from overseas You can find RS80's for just over $500. Even if you have to pay customs 10% its still a good deal. On my last 5 orders of stuff from the UK I paid custom fees on 1 of them.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=76735

The previously recommended boyds would also be a great choice.
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No. Mine are the old Circuits with Velomax hubs.

http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-and-Cr...eless-Wheelset


Can these hold my weight? 16 spokes on the front seems too little.
Just to clarify, these wheels are not 23mm wide. They are 20.8mm (since you were looking to try a 23mm wide rim). The rim height (or depth) is 23 and 24mm. That said, I also have a set of Shimano RS-80's that I think are an upgrade over the Ultegra's and they are light and bomb proof even with the lower spoke count. I haven't felt them flex during hard sprinting but then again I'm not a cat racer. JensonUSA also has the RS-80's on sale for $599 and think they are far better than the Ultegra's (unless you're specifically looking to go tubeless). My Boyd wheels are 20/24 but you can also order them with a 24/28 spoke count for a stiffer and longer lasting wheel.

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Old 03-26-13, 04:25 PM   #10
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Hey ya'll, I'm looking to buy a wheelset for around $500 dollars. I'd post in the 41, but I figured I would get a better response in regards to possible local wheel builders if that is better.

I currently have Easton Circuits that weigh around 1650g, so I'd like to get something that isn't heavier than them. I mostly ride good roads and do a fair amount of climbing. I currently sit at 6' 190lbs give or take a pound.

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Old 03-26-13, 10:32 PM   #11
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The Reynolds Solitudes are a solid set for about $500. Available with Campy or Shimano hubs.
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Old 03-27-13, 12:32 AM   #12
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Went with some Soul S4.0s after reading a lot of reviews and ogling the pictures. Just about the same weight as my circuits.
Thanks for all the recommendations! It was between rs80s and these. Aesthetics won.
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Old 03-27-13, 09:00 AM   #13
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Nice choice going with the Souls. I have 2.0s w/over 7k mi. on them. Hubs are still silky smooth. I know some local riders who have 3.0s and 4.0s. Sean makes really solid wheels.
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Old 03-27-13, 10:43 AM   #14
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Neuvation. Out of SLO.

Wide rims, under 1600grams, $399.

http://www.neuvationcycling.com/prod...l-set-1563.htm
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^ 1470g ... that's great!

As is the $399 price. I've got a pair of Neuvations (different model) and they've been bulletproof.
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^ And John stands behind his product too. Used a pair of his R28 SL3s for daily rides for several years without incident other than an occasional broken spoke.
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