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is there a best wheelset out there for under $500.00

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is there a best wheelset out there for under $500.00

I am on an older trek 5200 and I am in need of a descent set of wheels. I ride between 70 and 150 per week and I have been on a couple different wheels. all cheap stuff. I started this journey at 245 pounds and I am down to 205 now over the last year. I ride with a group on the weekend ( generally fifty miles on sat. morning) at a pace of about 20 mph. I need a good wheel that doesn't creak and doesn't break spokes. so let the knowledge and experience flow.
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Lots of good wheelsets out there. Myself? I've had very good luck with Ultegra wheels. Both sets I got for right at $400 off eBay. The 6800 set might have been a few bucks more. The previous year, I scored a set of Dura-Ace wheels for $800. They all have a low spoke count, but with your weight, you'll be fine. (I bounce around between 215 and 225 and have not had any issues with the 16/20 spoke wheels.)
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Stu5200. Ask around in your bike group if someone has a set of wheels they will give you or sell you for cheap. If there is anyone like me in your group, there will be plenty of wheels. Ultegra wheels are great, I had the 6700 and no problems and I weigh in at 200-210. There are many 10 speed hubs on wheels out there right now that people don't want due to the 11 speed availability. Ask around your local area and you might find a great deal. If you are in the Denver area msg me.
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If people aren't tired of answering this for the umpteenth time, you'll get a string of recommendations for almost every name in the catalog that's somewhere close to your price. But you can just use the search engine for that.

Get a hand-built set by an identifiable person who is an experienced builder.

Tell him what and how you ride and let him use whatever parts he recommends w/in your price range.

Don't worry about what words are inscribed on them. The labels won't be as impressive as if you got a machine made or mail order set, but they'll be better wheels whether your group knows it or not.

But I also like thrlskrs suggestion of trying to drum up some discarded wheels on the cheap. Although not a sure route to long-term reliability, a lot of us have a garage-full that are too good to dump but too much trouble to sell.

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I'm not big on buying second hand wheels. I always view them like buying someone else's troubles.

At 205lbs you shouldn't be too tough on wheels and there are plenty of factory options that should work just fine for you.

But, if long term durability is your primary motivator, $500 should buy you a very nice set of hand built, stress relieved and tension equalized wheels.

For around that figure you can have your choice of alloy rims, laced with quality double butted spokes to whatever Shimano hub still fits within the budget (probably Ultegra or 105).
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I weigh 210 and have good luck with these wheels--Ultegra hubs and Velocity A23 rims and DT Champion spokes: Velocity A23 Silver Shimano Ultegra 6800 Hubs 32h Wheelset [64203] - $249.00 Velomine.com : Worldwide Bicycle Shop, fixed gear track bike wheelsets campagnolo super record vintage bike​ $249
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Many thanks for all of your opinions. very nice guys, thanks
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I have been very happy with my Easton EA70s. I think they are running around $400 now if you can still find them.
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If your LBS can't help you with wheel building and you can't/don't want to learn yourself, I highly recommend Rich @ Hands On Wheels. Home | Hands on Wheels

Not cheap or light, but lifetime warranty and he knows his stuff. He built me a rear wheel a few months back that I have put 1000 miles on with no issues and it is going strong. I am 6'7" and closer to 400lbs than 300 (down 50+ since I started biking) I needed disc brakes, so he used a Velocity hub with a black Mavic A719 40-spoke rim and it was $350.

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Me and my gear weigh about 300 lb. I expect there are many good wheelset alternatives. I got some handbuilt Velocity Dyad rims laced on to White Industries hubs with 40 double-butted spokes. So far so good -- no broken spokes in a year, no other problems. The 40 spoke rims were somewhat accidental (the hubs were available) and may be overkill. Cost was about $700 but cheaper hubs would reduce that by a lot.
IMHO the keys to 'bomb-proof' wheels are: 1. handbuilt by someone who knows what he's doing, 2. robust rims (such as the Dyads) 3. at least 36 spokes 4. Double-butted spokes 5. large-ish tires inflated to the minimum necessary for the weight carried
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The key to a long lasting wheelset that does not break spokes is a good build, you can put the best parts in the world in a wheel and still have issues if the build is not done properly.

For components, any hub that fits your budget will be fine (105 is great and affordable), for rims I really like a lot of offerings from Velocity but there are other good ones out there as well. The A23 is my personal favorite if you want light and still strong, if you value durability over all you can check out the Deep V or Dyad from Velocity as well, both are extremely strong.

For spokes, any quality double butted spoke is fine, 32 hole should be more than plenty unless you ride on some very nasty roads.
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Lots of good custom wheels builders out there. I bought some Kinlin XC-279 with CX-Rays from these guys. That or Pacenti SL23's in the 24/28 spoke combo would be my recommendation. They have options starting in the $400 range with non-aero spokes. It would be silly not to get an 11sp compatible rear hub at this point to future proof your wheels.

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