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700 Wheelset for Felt Breed

Old 02-16-20, 02:10 PM
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700 Wheelset for Felt Breed

Anyone using 700s wheels for this bike? I am looking for recommendations. I am currently running the stock 650b wheels with Byway 47 (no complaints) and am looking to add a 700c wheel set for longer multi day riding with high percentage of paved road surface.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 02-17-20, 12:49 AM
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I got these custom built by Colorado Cyclist for $483 shipped. I'm really happy with them and while they're not super light, around 1750g they're extremely solid and i expect the hubs to last a very long time.

DT Swiss 350 Front Road Disc Hub 12x100mm Centerlock
DT Swiss 350 Rear Road Disc 142x12mm - Centerlock
DT Swiss R 470 Road Disc
32-hole Spoke Count, 3-cross Lacing
DT Competition 2.0/1.8mm (14/15 ga) Black
DT Swiss Brass Nipples - Black
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I just got an offer from my LBS to do those same DT Swiss wheels for $383 due to them swapping out a set for a customer upgrade and having them in stock from a bike build up. They have not been used. After slapping on some disc rotors and a cassette on the rear I see that the wheel set is off just a little less than 1 mm as far as derailleur and brake calipers and minor tweaks have to be made to get them to run smoothly. After adding in cost of rotors and cassette and tires, it gets up over $700 (USA) far too quickly, but is still cheaper than getting a whole new bike for the 700c.

I left a deposit and am still willing to look at other considerations if anyone has any.

The 650b wheels are great on gravel but on long road rides (75k plus) the 700 makes significant difference.
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Why not get a set of faster 650B tires for road-only riding? Don't judge a whole wheel size by a pair of thick and heavy off-road tires.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Why not get a set of faster 650B tires for road-only riding? Don't judge a whole wheel size by a pair of thick and heavy off-road tires.
Have done this already.

32 is the smallest size on a 650b tire and being able to run 700c x 28 with high pressure is a lot better for my purposes on well paved roads when the ride is 300 miles over 5 days. I love the 650 but it has its limitations. Nothing is a panacea. Being able to swap wheels depending on the ride is like having a second bike. Much easier than swapping tires, for me.
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If you're trying to spend as little as possible and are okay with 24 spokes front/rear, check out the pre-built DT Swiss wheelsets at Merlin Cycles. They start at $270:
https://www.merlincycles.com/dt-swis...0c-118917.html
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Looks like a winner however website says 'out of stock.' I will keep an eye out on that. Thanks for the link.
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The other one to consider is the new Shimano GRX wheel set which really is quite nice and well reviewed. Lots of folks out of stock but I see a few out there available. Shimano is enforcing MAP pricing so all are at $419 on line. May as well get it at same price from LBS and because deals are private at LBS may get a better deal at LBS than online. I actually see that a lot now, better pricing at LBS than online for certain things if you go in person and buy it the old fashioned way.

I am a fan of these as they have loose ball hubs instead of sealed bearings which are quick and easy to maintain at home with no special tools, and IMHO still roll better than most sealed bearings.

Shimano wheels are all excellent dependable performers in all respects but do not have as much of a bling factor as many of the boutique wheels.

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Everywhere I have looked online, the Shimano GRX wheels are unavailable until late March at the earliest. They do look very good.

I landed on the DT Swiss Spline G1800 and took the plunge with them, have them on and will start using them today if the weather here allows a ride.
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Curious why you want high pressure tires vs low rolling resistance lower pressure tires. Here's an option to think about, much less than a wheelset.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...oup-loup-pass/

Although on your additional 700 wheels option, I would just move the cassette and rotors over from one wheelset to another instead of buying new for the new wheelset - that move would take you about 15 minutes at a very leisurely pace and probably save almost $200 in parts. If you change them around 16 times you are making $50/hour for tinkering around.......
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Originally Posted by srode1 View Post
Curious why you want high pressure tires vs low rolling resistance lower pressure tires. Here's an option to think about, much less than a wheelset.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...oup-loup-pass/

Although on your additional 700 wheels option, I would just move the cassette and rotors over from one wheelset to another instead of buying new for the new wheelset - that move would take you about 15 minutes at a very leisurely pace and probably save almost $200 in parts. If you change them around 16 times you are making $50/hour for tinkering around.......

Because I will be using the bike on long rides on paved roads for a 10 day ride in Florida (and other touring rides) and the 650b wheels become a bit of a slog after 50+ miles on paved tarmac. The whole point of the Felt is that it is built to handle both wheel sets. I can also swap out tires on the 700c and run a nice gravel tire there for racing in the DK this year. The 700c does tend to roll faster over long distances.

Also, upgrading the rotors to Ultegra and moving to an Ultegra cassette. All items are a good upgrade from Felt stock items. Was able to purchase non-used items swapped off other upgraded bikes at LBS.

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