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Wheelset decisions... Zonda/Ultegra/Fulcrum 5

Old 03-16-16, 11:55 AM
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Wheelset decisions... Zonda/Ultegra/Fulcrum 5

Torn. I've got a '15 F3 and am going to use the wheelset for a build, figured I could upgrade at this time.
The Fulcrum 5 LG is the best price, the Ultegra would match the group on the rest of the bike, the Campagnolo Zondas are... well... supposed to be awesome?
Anyone care to chime in before I make the call? For reference, the wheels on the bike currently are Shimano RS11s which I've actually had little complaints with.

Fulcrum 5 LG
$194, 1645 grams

Shimano Ultegra 6800 (tubeless ready)
$294, 1640 grams

Campagnolo Zonda (not sure if they come with rim tape?)
$320, 1550 grams
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Old 03-16-16, 12:06 PM
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Ultegra Hub will be easier to find spare parts going forward in time..


NB: You can have a wheel Built in a Bike shop with any Rim available.

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Old 03-16-16, 02:16 PM
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I have a set of fulcrum race3s with 12k on them with no problems at all.
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Zonda's don't come with rim tape as they don't need it. There are no spoke holes in the rim. I imagine it would be a pain to replace the spoke as you have to put the nipple in through the valve hole and use a magnet to drag it around to the hole in the rim.

Considering the pain in the ass my last wheels where with regards to spoke holes and getting some decent tape to cover them (and stay in place) I sure am glad I don't have to deal with that with the Zonda's I have.

I don't think you'd have any problem with any of those wheelsets though.
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Old 03-16-16, 06:58 PM
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Lol. So a vote for each (more or less).

Thanks for the info on the Zonda rims. That explains a lot.
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i have heard the fulcrum are closer to the 17xxgram range so if weight is a deciding factor that may be usefull. the price on the zondas are pretty good. if it was me and i had a campy group set to match its freehub thats what id grab. but good luck on what ever you pick

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Old 03-16-16, 08:59 PM
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Lol
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I have fulcrum racing 7 and T both set of the wheels is good. the only problem i have with the racing 7 is give me flats 7 times. Two bike shops is cant found the solution finally i found the solution my self. I buy rim strip. The rim tape always is moved.
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Zondas are the equivalent of Fulcrum Racing 3. I think Campy Sciroccos are the equivalent of Fulcrum Racing 5.
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Mavic Kysrium SLS are also light.
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Honestly, while I LOVE my fulcrum 3 2-way fit's, I would go with the Ultegra's for tubeless. If the Zonda's don't have rim holes, and are meant to be tubeless, that would be awesome as well. They are also the lightest, and the most expensive. Having the wheels match the group would be very nice, though. I have always preferred that.
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I also have RS11's on one of my bikes. I've read them described as "boat anchors".
Any idea what the actual weight is on these? Being new to this, they seem fine to me. Are they really THAT heavy?
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Originally Posted by Stratocaster View Post
I also have RS11's on one of my bikes. I've read them described as "boat anchors".
Any idea what the actual weight is on these? Being new to this, they seem fine to me. Are they really THAT heavy?
Not really. I think they're like 1950 grams or something.
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Originally Posted by garciawork View Post
Honestly, while I LOVE my fulcrum 3 2-way fit's, I would go with the Ultegra's for tubeless. If the Zonda's don't have rim holes, and are meant to be tubeless, that would be awesome as well. They are also the lightest, and the most expensive. Having the wheels match the group would be very nice, though. I have always preferred that.
Zondas are sold in both conventional and 2way fit versions, since Fulcrum is a Campagnolo product, I would expect that the Fulcrum 3 would offer the same level of performance as the Zonda. So, if you love your Fulcrum 3 wheels, Zondas would provide identical satisfaction
I have a set of Shamals which I ride with road tubeless tires and I couldn't be happier
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Zondas are sold in both conventional and 2way fit versions, since Fulcrum is a Campagnolo product, I would expect that the Fulcrum 3 would offer the same level of performance as the Zonda. So, if you love your Fulcrum 3 wheels, Zondas would provide identical satisfaction
I was not aware that the Zonda was in line with the Racing 3. When I was shopping 5 years ago, I was under the impression that the Eurus was the equivalent, as I recall it being the lowest Campy wheel at the time that had 2-way fit, as well as the Racing 3 being the lowest 2-way on the Flucrum side.

If the Zonda is equal to a Racing 3, I would say go that route. Not sure exactly how many miles mine have, but I got them in 2011, and they are still completely true. Amazing quality. And, if the ones you are looking at are in fact 2-way fit, even more of a no brainer in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by garciawork View Post
I was not aware that the Zonda was in line with the Racing 3. When I was shopping 5 years ago, I was under the impression that the Eurus was the equivalent, as I recall it being the lowest Campy wheel at the time that had 2-way fit, as well as the Racing 3 being the lowest 2-way on the Flucrum side.

If the Zonda is equal to a Racing 3, I would say go that route. Not sure exactly how many miles mine have, but I got them in 2011, and they are still completely true. Amazing quality. And, if the ones you are looking at are in fact 2-way fit, even more of a no brainer in my opinion.
Eurus are equivalent to FR1s.. which were discontinued (the FR1 that is). FRzero = Shamal
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