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Old 05-08-15, 05:08 AM
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How do I figure out which wheel set is better

Ok, I have a brand new Trek Madone 2.1

Wheels
Alloy hubs w/Bontrager Approved alloy rims
Tires
Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x23c

I also have a set of Vuelta HD wheels, I had them on my CAAD8 because the stock wheels were crap...Now the stock wheels seem ok but U.S. There a easy way like a test to see which is better, I mean for rolling purposes, weight, durability etc....
Am I over thinking it with that grade or level ov wheel set?
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It depends what you mean by "better". The Vuelta Corsa HD wheels are almost certainly stronger than your stock wheels (they're rated for 300 pounds), but your stock wheels are most likely quite a bit lighter.

If you're not a heavy rider and you're not going to carrying quite a bit of gear on racks, the stock wheels are probably more appropriate for a "go fast" kind of bike.
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I am around 250 lbs and the stock wheels have been good, I have not heard them ping yet in about 30 miles...I think path stronger flat spokes on the stockers are pretty stout. I will ride them a while then swap them out for a quick ride to compare...
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Originally Posted by Notgrownup View Post
I am around 250 lbs and the stock wheels have been good, I have not heard them ping yet in about 30 miles...I think path stronger flat spokes on the stockers are pretty stout. I will ride them a while then swap them out for a quick ride to compare...
A comparison by you under your riding conditions is the best advice I could offer. The Vuelta HDs have a good reputation for strength, but your OEM wheels maybe strong enough also.

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I hope they are, will save me some dough for sure... Will look at diffrent tire...I might put the 25x700 zaffiro from my other wheeler on to try...
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Light fragile boutique low spoke count wheels, backup wheels are good things to have.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Light fragile boutique low spoke count wheels, backup wheels are good things to have.
Ain't gonna carry my big a$$
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I hope they are, will save me some dough for sure... Will look at diffrent tire...I might put the 25x700 zaffiro from my other wheeler on to try...
I should have looked at the 2.1's specs more closely. The only issue with the Vuelta wheels could be that they are not 11S compatible. If not this maybe rectified by swapping the freehub.

At your weight a 25 mm tire is a better option than a 23 mm tire.

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18 and 24 spokes are way too little for your weight. Trek has or had a good warrantee when they break.
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18 and 24 spokes are way too little for your weight. Trek has or had a good warrantee when they break.
Yeah, like I said I have not heard them ping like the ones on my CAAD8, I feel pretty good about them for now.
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