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Old 05-22-09, 12:24 PM   #1
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Wheel Upgrade Questions

Right now I'm sporting Mavic CPX 22 rims with Specialized hubs on a Tarmac Elite.

I'm thinking of upgrading to the standard Open Pro/Ultegra combo but will I notice any difference? Should I save my money until I can afford something nicer?

Also, I weigh around 150 in a hilly area, is a 28/36 setup the way to go? Some of the wheel builders online like BWW only sell a 32/32 config, while Colorado Cyclist lets you pick from 28-36.

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What's wrong with CXP 22s?

What's so standard about Open Pro / Ultegra?

If you really want to upgrade why not:

1. CXP 33s
2. Moving from 14g to 14g /15g/14g or even to 15g like myself on the rear.
3. Moving from 14g to 15g or 15g/16g/15g on the front like myself.
4. 28/32 or 24/32
5. Carbon Kevlar Tires w/ Kevlar Bead in the 240-260g range assuming you have heavier tires.

There's lots you can do to bring down the centrifugal weight of your wheels for a performance gain without trying to be like Mike.

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It wouldn't be a huge upgrade (definitely not worth the cost), probably nothing on the weight saving end, but I like my open pro/ultegras (32/32). Very nice, very strong.
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I'm also very happy with my ceramic Open Pro and Campy Record hubs. They roll true and fast with very little indication of flex. As a upgrade? Get them someplace cheap and real good (Colorado Cyclist?), and they might be sort of worth it. As a new flavor for your cycling pleasure - go for it!
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