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Old 09-04-18, 06:52 AM
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Second set of wheels advice

I've recently purchased a Giant Toughroad SLR GX 1 and with its go-anywhere nature I was looking to keep two sets of wheels for it. The stock Giant Sx-2 wheels with Crosscut Gravel 2 40mm for gravel, icy conditions and off road ventures and a set of lighter, slicker wheels that I can quickly change over when I fancy going fast and sticking to the paved stuff.

I've been looking at a set of Mavic Cosmic Elite Disc wheels which come equipped with Yksion Pro 25mm slicks. Which fit what I'm looking for given that I'm finding it difficult to find budget friendly wheels that are tubeless ready and 6-bolt disc compatible.

Do you think that these would be a worthwhile investment given the price?
Are they a bit overkill for my bike?
Are there any other better value for money options?

Edit: Just thought I should add that I had originally looked at the Mavic Ksyrium wheelset as the obvious choice but I have found the Cosmic Elites for £50 less. I'm not trying to convert a gravel bike into an aero bike here.

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Old 09-05-18, 01:44 PM
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Shop around and consider going wider. You won’t regret it. While all your friends are shouting “hole!”, you’ll be trying to not run them over because your 32 baldies are just as fast, cushier, and can take the sudden shock better.

on the high end of things, I dropped 15 on handbuilt hed Belgium plus, sapim, I-9, with new discs, 9 speed cassette, and bontrager AW2 tubeless 32s. They weigh one pound less than the wtb i19 wheels with 40 mil nanos and are a whole helluva lot faster. But I should have shopped around. Lots of options for much less.
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Old 09-05-18, 02:10 PM
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Those Prime Race wheels look good value for what I'm after, shame they're out of stock everywhere but I've joined the mailing list for if they come back.

Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
Shop around and consider going wider. You won’t regret it. While all your friends are shouting “hole!”, you’ll be trying to not run them over because your 32 baldies are just as fast, cushier, and can take the sudden shock better.

on the high end of things, I dropped 15 on handbuilt hed Belgium plus, sapim, I-9, with new discs, 9 speed cassette, and bontrager AW2 tubeless 32s. They weigh one pound less than the wtb i19 wheels with 40 mil nanos and are a whole helluva lot faster. But I should have shopped around. Lots of options for much less.
Thanks for the advise, yeah I'm fairly new to the road cycling range as I have been a mountain bike and off road rider for most of my life but maybe I should consider slightly wider. Since my current set are 40mm I've been looking more far towards the opposite end of the scale at much slimmer wheels.

The roads that I ride on are relatively flat but are also hilly and there are sudden bumps everywhere. So I get that comfort would be significantly worse if I went for super slim wheels, also 30 or 32mm tyres wouldn't look out of place on my Toughroad. Gives me a lot to think about.

On a side note I wouldn't say I'm too heavy, I'm 6ft and around 83kg.
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You will end up getting another bike for the different wheelset.
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Oh bummer. I just ordered a set a couple months ago. I'm happy w/ them.
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on the high end of things, I dropped 15 on handbuilt hed Belgium plus...
Ive been a big fan of HED since the 80s. I have a pair of Ardennes on my road bike and am looking for a pair of Belgiums to throw on my cross/endurance bike as a second set.

My wife has the HED Flanders that came stock on her Diamondback Airen. If you want a pair of beater cross rims for a good buy, I am sure that there are people selling the flanders off of their diamondbacks as a take off for a good price.

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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
Ive been a big fan of HED since the 80s. I have a pair of Ardennes on my road bike and am looking for a pair of Belgiums to throw on my cross/endurance bike as a second set.

My wife has the HED Flanders that came stock on her Diamondback Airen. If you want a pair of beater cross rims for a good buy, I am sure that there are people selling the flanders off of their diamondbacks as a take off for a good price.

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Good to know! Not sure I’ll need another set yet as my wtb i19s are just collecting dust since my vaya is now dedicated road duty. But if I do a gravel build up....
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I recently had a wheelset built up with Chris King R45 Hubs with Belgium + rims. They spin like butter, weight 1500 grams, wide, solid and good looking. I currently have Bontrager CX0 38's and roll over potholes without breaking a sweat. It's my second wheelset with HED rims, my other set has HED hubs with Belgium rims (not +). I've decided on another set for my next road bike build.
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Hunt wheels definitely fall in the category of budget-friendly.
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Hunt wheels definitely fall in the category of budget-friendly.
I have begun to see quite a few hunt wheels on some of the smaller manufacturers bikes.
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