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Two Wheelsets - Use of Each

Old 10-15-18, 05:24 PM
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Two Wheelsets - Use of Each

Anyone run two wheelsets on their gravel bike, AND have a road bike that they use for road? I donít want to run a road wheelset on my gravel bike, I prefer my road bike to the gravel bike on the road.

If so, how do you use the two wheelsets?

I use my gravel bike with 650bx48mm tires on gravel roads, rail trails, non-technical mtb trails...and mixed surface rides.

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I have knobbies one one set; slicks on the other. I use the slicks if I'm using that bike for commuting or other riding that involves paved (or mostly paved) roads.
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I just have two bikes.

My road bike is fine on gravel, just not quite as good as a dedicated gravel bike with knobbies.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
I just have two bikes.

My road bike is fine on gravel, just not quite as good as a dedicated gravel bike with knobbies.
thatís what I have as well. Iím getting a new wheelset for the gravel bike and wondering if I should do something with the old wheelset, other than selling it
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If you have to ask what use a second set of wheels would be then you probably don't need a second set of wheels.

As other's have stated, I have both gravel and road bikes and find no need for a second set of wheels for either.


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I have a CX bike with two wheelsets, and a dedicated road bike.

Wheelset 1 wears 700x35 Hutchinson Overides. Wheelset 2 wears 700x43F/38R Panaracer Gravelking SKs. The Overides are my "do everything" tire. And they're great. If it's 10 miles of pavement to get to the trails, fine. If that ride on that day only goes off the road for 10 minutes, great. They work everywhere. The Gravelkings want to be offroad. They don't care for the blacktop. But my road bike only wants to go fast, or far, or both. Sometimes I just want to do a 20 miler around the neighborhood, or some hill repeats that don't leave my guts hanging out... and maybe head home on the horse trails. Overides are perfect.

So you can definitely use two wheelsets-- as you already have a good "all purpose" set, I'd say put something more aggressive on the second set. When my SKs wear out, I'm thinking maybe Maxxis Rambler/Ravager or WTB Nanos.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
If you have to ask what use a second set of wheels would be then you probably don't need a second set of wheels.
Yep.

Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
Anyone run two wheelsets on their gravel bike, AND have a road bike that they use for road? I don’t want to run a road wheelset on my gravel bike, I prefer my road bike to the gravel bike on the road.
In a stable that has both a gravel bike and a road bike, I don't see that giving the gravel bike a hyper-optimized road mode would be a very pressing matter. In such a situation, if I was looking into a second gravel wheelset, it would probably be for dry versus mud tires or something like that.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
If you have to ask what use a second set of wheels would be then you probably don't need a second set of wheels.

As other's have stated, I have both gravel and road bikes and find no need for a second set of wheels for either.


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Exactly. If you like your road bike on the road and your gravel bike on the gravel.....then what good is an extra wheelset gonna do ya?
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Yep.


In a stable that has both a gravel bike and a road bike, I don't see that giving the gravel bike a hyper-optimized road mode would be a very pressing matter. In such a situation, if I was looking into a second gravel wheelset, it would probably be for dry versus mud tires or something like that.
This actually makes really good sense.
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Have a road set running GP4K II 28mm and a "gravel" set with 650x48 SK tubeless front and 650x38 Rambler tubeless rear
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at the moment i have file tread-ish 33s on one set and aggressive Clement BOS's on the other. i'll swap them around depending on the cx course (or use the files if im doing gravel)

Next year I have a set of 40's i'll be using for my gravel events and will keep the BOS where they are
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I have a "gravel" bike with different wheel sets both 40c and above tires. I have a dedicated road bike with 23c. Since I got the gravel bike, the road bike and hybrid collect dust. Like 0-5 miles a year.

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My primary road bike is a Scott Foil - set up pretty aggressively... like 5" seat to bar drop. I have two wheelsets for the gravel bike - the second set is the road wheelset. Currently running 28s and will likely go to 32s next. On the slower days, "doughnut rides", etc. the gravel bike is more comfortable, but still efficient enough to be fine on the road.
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Speaking with my wheelbuilder today I decided to use only one wheelset. I like the hubs from current wheelset so Iíll use those along with the rotors. Will get new rims and spokes, and a custom build. Saves me some money and I think this makes the most sense for me.
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I prefer my gravel bike on the road to my (older, cheaper) road bike, so a second set of wheels does appeal to me, though to this point I've not yet been able to justify the price tag.
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oo I like this thread. Thought provoking.

lots of options, lots of reasons
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My two gravel bike wheelsets are identical, but mounted with different tires. One set has 35mm file-tread / edge-knobbed tires for every kind of gravel except nasty mud. The other set has slightly wider knobby tires for the mud and for MTB trails.
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
My two gravel bike wheelsets are identical, but mounted with different tires. One set has 35mm file-tread / edge-knobbed tires for every kind of gravel except nasty mud. The other set has slightly wider knobby tires for the mud and for MTB trails.
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i have knobbies one one set; slicks on the other. I use the slicks if i'm using that bike for commuting or other riding that involves paved (or mostly paved) roads.
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I use my road bike if 10% or so gravel. Just love my road bike...custom geometry fits like a glove, new drivetrain, and lighter with faster acceleration.
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Why do y'all like the road bike better for road?

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I use my road bike if 10% or so gravel. Just love my road bike...custom geometry fits like a glove, new drivetrain, and lighter with faster acceleration.
I guess my gravel bike fits great, new drivetrain, lighter and with faster acceleration than my road bike. That was my goal!

My older gravel bike did not have the nimbleness of my road bike, so it was fun to get on the road every once and a while to get that alacrity back, but running on skinny tires gets old fast. ;-)
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One set of gravel wheels is fine if you have a road bike.

I do ride 32mm slicks in the summer as our gravel is smoother than our asphalt
I ride 40mm gravel tires in winter/spring or when the ride is not hardpack.

Recently I've been riding a 50mm up front. Its light and fast handles deeper gravel than the 40mm. I can't find any negatives about a fatter front tire.
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I'm close to purchasing a second set of wheels for the same reasons mentioned above. A "road" wheelset/tire for the slower rides and a more aggressive cx/mtn tire setup. Then I find myself calling me lazy for not wanting to just change tires any more. Have I gotten to that point in life? A tire change is too much once or twice a week?
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Originally Posted by Chris(NJ) View Post
I'm close to purchasing a second set of wheels for the same reasons mentioned above. A "road" wheelset/tire for the slower rides and a more aggressive cx/mtn tire setup. Then I find myself calling me lazy for not wanting to just change tires any more. Have I gotten to that point in life? A tire change is too much once or twice a week?
Once you have your tires and cassette mounted, it's a 30s swap and no chance of pinching a tube or messing with sealant. Totally worth it in my opinion. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by Chris(NJ) View Post
I'm close to purchasing a second set of wheels for the same reasons mentioned above. A "road" wheelset/tire for the slower rides and a more aggressive cx/mtn tire setup. Then I find myself calling me lazy for not wanting to just change tires any more. Have I gotten to that point in life? A tire change is too much once or twice a week?
It would probably take 30+ minutes to drain sealant back into container with funnel, clean tire/rim of sealant residue, install other set of tires, seat bead, refill sealant, do the sealant dance, pray it seals, etc.
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