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Old 03-19-08, 01:04 AM
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Looking for a good, modestly priced road wheel

So I have the Shimano 550 wheels that came on my CAAD8. Read the many bad comments and are somewhat concerned as this is a 5 day a week commuter for me.

So I am gonna start the look for a replacement set, not in any rush.

What would you guys suggest for a good, solid, reliable wheel that isn't a slouch and comes with a modest price tag?
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Old 03-19-08, 01:12 AM
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What do you consider a modest price?
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Old 03-19-08, 01:27 AM
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Have you actually ridden your wheels yet? Do that first.
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your tires should be a primary concern for a daily commuter. If you can fit a Continental Contact 28c on your bike it will give you a good ride and take up a lot of shock of riding city streets. I use that tire in the winter and a GP4000 in the summer. It is a very tight fit on the front fork.
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Originally Posted by orangepaint View Post
Have you actually ridden your wheels yet? Do that first.
That was my first thought. If you actually have problems with the Shimano wheels, look for an alternative but be sure there is a problem before you attempt to solve it.
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I have put 100 miles on them and they need to be trued.

i already have a set of tires picked out, that was my first concern
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Originally Posted by earthtoandy View Post
I have put 100 miles on them and they need to be trued.
Spokes probably weren't stress relieved and as a result the tension is all out of whack. Ask a mechanic to retension the spokes...your wheels will probably hold there true after that.
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New wheels, especially machine built ones, usually need to be re-trued. Don't let someone else's opinion adversely influence you. You need to figure out what your riding needs are. Do you intend to race, do you mainly recreational ride for fitness. Lots of variables need to be considered. But first, ride the heck out of your 550s.
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http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=56
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I bought that same set and needed to re tension them before they became reliable. The tension in machine built wheels is all over the place sometimes but the price is right. Buy these wheels and have them "touched up" Mine have over 3000 trouble free miles on them right now after the attention they got when new.
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I just got mine and checked them out and everything is right on. I'm going to send the front wheel back. I like the radially laced look, but I think a 3 cross would be better for my needs.
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Those look like nice wheels, but I am not sure I would want them on my commuter bike. I generally like a wider tire for commuting, though I do ride my 700c x 25 tire bike when I don't need to carry anything and for a change of pace if I haven't ridden it in a while.
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Colorado Cyclist sell very good wheels at very attractive prices. Here is the link to their Ultegra hub based complete wheels: http://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/display/25350/

One example: A set of front and rear built using Mavic CXP-33 rims on Ultegra hubs with 14/15/14 DT rear spokes and 15 ga DR front spokes 32H, laced 3X are $235.

I have these rims and spokes built on Chorus 10-speed hubs by Colorado Cyclist that have been perfect for 6000 miles and have needed absolutely no truing. My son-in-law has CC built wheels with Open Pro rims on Ultegra hubs he has ridden at least 10,000 miles with the same flawless service. And, neither of these wheel sets has been babied as anyone familiar with PenDot's marvelous roads can understand.
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+1 on Colorado Cyclist, if you don't have a local wheelbuilder you like. I've had a set of CXP33-Ultegra 32H that have seen plenty of singletrack miles, survived my poor bunny hopping (read: curbslamming) skills on the CX course, got me to work and back for a couple years now, and have not needed adjustment.
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thanks guys, i appreciate the advice.

And let me restate, I'm not gonna ditch them right away. i just want some idea in my back pocket to pull out if i have issues. New at this so I wanna hear something that works well for others and relatively soon I'll jump into some new ones and use the 550's as a backup.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Colorado Cyclist sell very good wheels at very attractive prices. Here is the link to their Ultegra hub based complete wheels: http://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/display/25350/

One example: A set of front and rear built using Mavic CXP-33 rims on Ultegra hubs with 14/15/14 DT rear spokes and 15 ga DR front spokes 32H, laced 3X are $235.
Another nice feature, that may be important for a commuter, is those wheels are easily repairable. Most any LBS will have the right spoke, and the ability to replace it quickly, if you happen to break one.
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