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Wheels: Easton vs Fulcrum

Old 05-05-08, 11:52 AM
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Wheels: Easton vs Fulcrum

More specifically please compare the 2 for racing wheels:
-Easton EA 90 SLX : about $600-800; 1470g;
http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?p...jor=1&minor=24

-Fulcrum 3's: about $700-800; 1550g
http://www.fulcrumwheels.com/jspfulc...=en&world=road

I weigh 150#
Already have a pair of Easton Ascent II's that am happy with on one bike. Looking to upgrade wheels on another bike.

The Eastons appear a little cheaper; but they are also lighter. Have had good experience w/ the Eastons. Should I stick w/ Easton or try Fulcrum?
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Stick with what ya like. I have several pairs of Eastons and I love em. I also have a set of Fulcrums for training wheels. They are heavier and dont roll as well, but they are also the 5's. They have been good wheels so far, as in no problems.
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Why not handbuilts? My current do-everything wheels are DT Swiss 240s, DT Swiss RR 1.1; 28F/28R, 2xF, 2xR, 3xR Drive, 1453g. and they cost a fraction of what you are quoting.
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Originally Posted by 92degrees View Post
Why not handbuilts? My current do-everything wheels are DT Swiss 240s, DT Swiss RR 1.1; 28F/28R, 2xF, 2xR, 3xR Drive, 1453g. and they cost a fraction of what you are quoting.
What sort of a fraction? 3/5th? 4/5th?
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Old 05-05-08, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
What sort of a fraction? 3/5th? 4/5th?
Mike Garcia's website is under construction so I don't know what he's charging right now. I think I paid in the $400s on the last build. Colorado Cyclist will do it for <$600 IIRC.
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what do you intend to use these new wheels for?
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
what do you intend to use these new wheels for?
The OP says Racing wheels.

If you're looking for lightweight climbing-esque wheels, why not soul wheels. I know they aren't what you're deciding between, but the

S2.0 for 410 bucks shipped.

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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
what do you intend to use these new wheels for?
Fair question: (hopefully) racing
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Originally Posted by TJHOO View Post
Fair question: (hopefully) racing
either are good wheels that you see at races. I've a set of velomax (easton) orion IIs that I think are just OK. I've had a rim issue and bearing issue with them, and at 145 - 150 lbs, I'm not especially tough on equipment.

Honestly, I'd suggest just going with a solid set of Swiss DT 1.1 type box section rims, with whatever spokes laced to hub of your choice - easier to have serviced by a shop, cheaper, and you dont really gain anything performance wise with your 2 wheel considerations (other than they look cooler).

Dont know where you are in VA, but if NoVA, lots of shops around can have them built up for you in probably <1 week. Then, save your cash for getting a set of hoops that give you an aero advantage, like 303s/404s, or whatever is the rage when you are in position to buy.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:34 AM
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(soulsssss!!!)
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williams 19s
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
williams 19s
Yeah or those, but they're so much more priceyyy.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Yeah or those, but they're so much more priceyyy.
$499 isn't really that much more pricey, and still way less than his two options.
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Actually, you can score ea90 slx on the 'bay for less than 500 + shipping. Whether they are a better wheel I am not sure, I am trying to work that one out myself. You may also want to consider the ea90 aero for the same price.
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