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Extra wheelset for versatility?

Old 06-30-20, 08:10 PM
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Extra wheelset for versatility?

Hi all. I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Giant Revolt Advanced 2 gravel bike. I'm new to this kind of riding. I had the LBS swap out the 700x38 tires (which I kept) and had them put on 700x32 tires. My initial plan was to use the 32's for dry weather riding on pavement with some trail riding with the local bike club and then switch to the 38's when the weather got more wet. What I have is that some of the trails here have loose sand and gravel where the 32's are barely stable. Now I'm thinking of putting the 38's on a second wheelset to switch out when I know I'm going to ride strictly off road. My question is this an unneccessary expense or am I on the right track?

Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions.
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Old 06-30-20, 09:25 PM
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I just did exactly what you did. I noticed Iím doing mostly road riding so I took off the 38mm gravel tires that came with my 2021 Diverge and put on some 32mm GP5000 road tires. There are some trails around where I live and Iím thinking Iíll need a second wheel set for some gravel tires. Iíll probably use the rims that came with the bike for the off-road setup and get some nice lower weight rims for the road riding setup. Not sure what rims to get. Just trying to save money right now lol.
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Old 07-01-20, 02:13 AM
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An extra wheelset is really for convenience of not having to remove and install tires if you want a change. This obviously comes at a cost.

Ride your bike for awhile, if you find yourself wanting to always change your tires, then consider a 2nd wheelset.
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I have had an extra wheelset since I got my gravel bike. What I found was that I would either ride with the road tires or the gravel tires, so there wasn't much reason to have two sets of wheels without a second bike
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I have two sets of wheels and change them pretty regularly. I got the same wheels (Mavic Allroad Pros) and have 40mm gravel tires on my off-road wheels and and 32mm slicks on the road wheels. 32 may sound a bit wide for road riding, but they do great and I have decided that I am never going back to 23 or 25mm tires.

I am running both sets tubeless, so the thought of swapping tires back and forth was out of the question. Swapping wheels, on the other hand, is easy. And I love the versatility. It's like having two different but similar bikes.
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Old 07-01-20, 08:37 AM
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I've 2 sets of wheels as well, I personally think it's a very cost effective way to get essentially 2 bikes for just the price of a 2nd wheel set.

Of course it not just the wheels ($400-$450), it's also the rotors ($40), cassette ($35) and tires ($80). Still, better than another $1600 bike.

If you're seriously thinking of this, consider the Shimano GRX wheels, 700C. I've been reading good things about them.
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Old 07-01-20, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by donger View Post
Hi all. I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Giant Revolt Advanced 2 gravel bike. I'm new to this kind of riding. I had the LBS swap out the 700x38 tires (which I kept) and had them put on 700x32 tires. My initial plan was to use the 32's for dry weather riding on pavement with some trail riding with the local bike club and then switch to the 38's when the weather got more wet. What I have is that some of the trails here have loose sand and gravel where the 32's are barely stable. Now I'm thinking of putting the 38's on a second wheelset to switch out when I know I'm going to ride strictly off road. My question is this an unneccessary expense or am I on the right track?

Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions.
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I am doing the same thing. Just got a Revolt Advanced 0 and put 32mm GP5000 on the stock carbon wheels and bought a used set of the wheels that come on the Revolt 2 to use as a second wheelset for gravel. if you are doing serious road riding, may as well get a nicer set of wheels for that and use stock wheels for the gravel. Find some used deals and you can probably get away with a few hundred bucks for wheels plus 100ish for the cassette and disc then another 100 or so for tires.
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Old 07-01-20, 10:55 AM
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I have a 700x35mm set for road/touring and 650x48 for gravel.
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Old 07-01-20, 02:32 PM
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Thanks everybody for the information, it was very helpful. I've been riding road bikes for a long time and the Revolt 2 is my first "non-road" bike so it's all new to me. I will be looking at the Shimano GRX wheels now.
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