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Old 06-17-16, 06:11 PM
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Racing Wheelset

I'm looking to upgrade my wheels. Currently running a Dt Swiss 2.0 wheelset that is marginally better than my stock wheels. I get industry deals on most wheels but I still can't afford that $1000+ wheelset. I was going to get a set of mavic wheels, but they currently will not offer an ep on them for some reason. Zipp 30's are reasonably priced but I was wondering if there was a better option. I can built a solid DT Swiss setup for the same price as the Zipps. I thought about lacing up some Chinese carbon rims to a nice hub, but the rims seem hit or miss on quality. I'm trying to keep the wheelset under $600. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions. My frame is a Raleigh Militis 2 and there might be an issue with rim widths above 21mm and running a 25c tire. Thanks.
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Old 06-19-16, 08:23 PM
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farsports, hongfu, dengfu, and probably more, are all pretty good chinese retailers. don't buy from some obscure seller on ebay. get it from a retailer that's been around for a few years, and have good feedback from the online community. I would get tubular wheelsets, because they're easier to build, and harder to screw up.
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Used HED Jet. Pick your depth. I've seen some 4s go for $600. Use a 23mm on the 23mm rim and you'll be a happy camper.

Edit: the above assumes you want aero. For climbing, Ardennes. They're cheaper. In fact I have a set of 23mm Ardennes SL I'd sell for cheap.
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Old 06-20-16, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by briandelmo View Post
I'm looking to upgrade my wheels. Currently running a Dt Swiss 2.0 wheelset that is marginally better than my stock wheels. I get industry deals on most wheels but I still can't afford that $1000+ wheelset. I was going to get a set of mavic wheels, but they currently will not offer an ep on them for some reason. Zipp 30's are reasonably priced but I was wondering if there was a better option. I can built a solid DT Swiss setup for the same price as the Zipps. I thought about lacing up some Chinese carbon rims to a nice hub, but the rims seem hit or miss on quality. I'm trying to keep the wheelset under $600. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions. My frame is a Raleigh Militis 2 and there might be an issue with rim widths above 21mm and running a 25c tire. Thanks.
I imagine the Militis will take at least a 23mm rim. 28mm, like a HED Stinger, might be tight. I haven't seen them up close but there's a local team that was sponsored for a while and they ran... I forget what they ran okay so nevermind.

With my 28mm Stingers I run 23mm tires.

21mm - Reynolds wheels. You should be able to pick up some used DV46 tubulars for cheap or even the 66mm strikes (?). Those are 21mm rims, they're light, and they're pretty rigid. I have the DV46s that I stopped using in 2010, I basically lent/gave them to a good friend until he stopped racing in 2014. I broke a spoke in the front wheel in 2009 in a race, did another hour of racing, and placed in the money in the sprint (on a 15 spoke front wheel). No issues since. I had the matching clinchers, another teammate is on them, and I broke a spoke in the back in I think 2009 as well, those also have been problem free. They're solid wheels but reasonably light, responsive, very stiff laterally, etc. You should be able to get a set for under $500 with tires. You can run 21-22mm tires on those.

Barring that, and if you don't mind running a non-matching set of wheels, get a used front Specialized TriSpoke aka HED3. I raced with a front TriSpoke for years. One of the fastest wheels around (still used as front TT wheel by many pros even those not sponsored by HED), alum braking surface for the regular wheel, lots of used ones around. I still the ones I had of those as well - I have a clincher front and a tubular front, the clincher for training. If you get one branded Specialized make sure it's one where there's a visible carbon weave. The earlier wheels had a black finish and weighed a ton. THe carbon weave ones were much better.

Front wheel is about 2/3 of aero benefit so if you run an aero front wheel and you can handle the bike then you get most of the benefit.
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Old 06-20-16, 08:52 AM
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RE: DV46, they roll as nice as the Assaults EXCEPT that the resins aren't totally up to snuff. I had the brake track of my front DV46 buckle under heavy braking at a race...so you may not want to go with them.
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We had some downtime at work and my coworker has some of the new jet 6 wheels with a 23c tubeless and they fit no problem with plenty of clearance. The power tap wheel I borrowed is totally clapped out and dished bad so width wasn't an issue all along. I'm looking at the jet 4's which I should be able to get around my price point. But thanks for the input. I race mostly crits a few longer circuit races so I'm leaning towards the more aero option.
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