Deep-Vs or Fusions?
I am building up my first track bike, a Bianchi Pista Concept. My LBS will sell me a set of Velocity track wheels with Dura-Ace hubs for about $400 that they'd like to get rid of. Or, they can build me a set of Velocity Fusions for approx. the same price with, say, Surly hubs. I hear the Deep-Vs are noticeably heavier, but don't know how much of a difference the DA hubs make. I intend to compete, hopefully keep these wheels for a long time, and I don't want to spend more than $400. Any input on the Deep-Vs, Fusions, or any comparable wheelsets? Thanks.
it doesn't matter much (which rims to choose) especially on the track. for the same price it's no contest get, the dura-ace hubs. the dura-ace hubs will last you the rest of your life.
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If this is for racing, you should probably consider the Velocity Pro Elite, which is the tubular version of the Deep V. I use the Pro Elite for training and some racing, and I like them a lot. They're plenty stiff (far stiffer than my Hed disc) and provide a moderate aerodynamic advantage.
Fusions are a good rim, too, but Deep V's are pretty popular as track wheels for a reason (not because they come in bright colors).
Originally Posted by doofo
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Deep V's are heavier than Fusions, but the Deep V wheelset would be worth it for the hubs.
A DA-Deep V wheelset is an excellent wheelset. Sure, they're heavier, but in their defense, they're also quite aero.
After racing on them for a few seasons, you're apt to get a set of race wheels, but you'll always keep your Deep V's around as excellent trainers.
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I got my Mavic Ellipses for right around $400... Probably right in line, performance wise, with the ones you listed- and they come with bladed spokes and a fixed/fixed hub
Thanks for the advice everyone. The deep-Vs look like a really solid wheelset, and a nice pick for my first track wheels until I can afford to have more expensive taste!