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$200 Wheelset Options

Old 03-30-09, 05:43 PM
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$200 Wheelset Options

I'm sure this is a recurring topic, but can anyone give me a recommendation for a decent wheelset for under $200? I want them for my cyclocross bike, which I ride only on weekends. My hardest rides are on hard pack trails (dirt or limestone casings), and the riding is still only recreational in nature. I am 215 lbs.

Here are some of the options I found in that price range:

REYNOLDS ALTA COMP 20/24
RITCHEY DS COMP w/ ZERO SYSTEM HUBS 20/24
ALEX DA 22 w/ 6061 HUBS 28/28
ALEX DA 22 w/ Formula HUBS 32/32
Vuelta ZEROLITE w/ Shimano HB-MC12 HUBS 24/24
Mavic CXP22 w/ Shimano 2200 32/32
Mach-1 CFX-400 w/ Shimano 2200 32/32

One other option is the Ritchey Silhouette Comp w/ Shimano hub 28/28, but the price is a little higher.

Anything jump out as a good choice? Anything else out there that I am missing?

Thanks in advance
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Spend a few bucks more and buy a set of Open Pro rims laced to Ultegra hubs from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse. IIRC, they're about $240 + shipping...
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You ride hardpack on a road bike?? or is this a MTB set of wheels?? The best bang for your buck wheels seller is Rocky Mountain cycles on ebay.. Lots of wheels to choose from, many very clyde friendly

https://search.ebay.com/search/search...fsoo%3D2&fgtp=
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700c Vuelta Tourist

Bike Island sells them, 700c rims with 36 spokes front and rear for $189. I had a set of the cheaper Vuelta mountain bike rims (24 spokes or so) and I abused them for over two years without any issues, so I would trust these.
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The Mavic CXP22 are super beefy. Mine are tough & trouble free.

It is worth it to get the open pro's as SStorkel suggests!

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Originally Posted by sstorkel
Spend a few bucks more and buy a set of Open Pro rims laced to Ultegra hubs from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse. IIRC, they're about $240 + shipping...
That wheelset is on sale at Performance for $230 in black.
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Alex G6000 laced to a deore hub, 36 spoke, 14ga. I got the set for $150, and man is it ever bombproof. Pretty heavy, however, and definitely overkill for me (I weigh 140): around 2300 grams.
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Originally Posted by zoste
That wheelset is on sale at Performance for $230 in black.
Be sure to check shipping costs before ordering. I did and BWW is still a better deal for me once shipping is factored into the equation. Plus, I trust BWW to build a true, properly tensioned wheel more than I trust Performance Bike...
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Originally Posted by sstorkel
spend a few bucks more and buy a set of open pro rims laced to ultegra hubs from bicycle wheel warehouse. Iirc, they're about $240 + shipping...
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Given that the overwhelming choice is Mavic open pro rims/ultegra hubs, I'm going to go for it.

Thanks for the advice, everyone!
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Originally Posted by loginhater
Given that the overwhelming choice is Mavic open pro rims/ultegra hubs, I'm going to go for it.

Thanks for the advice, everyone!
These are even an overwhelming favorite in the Roadie forum when someone asks "If you can only have one set of wheels, which one?".
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