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Surly Disc Trucker - How much will new wheels change the ride?

Old 05-19-17, 05:12 PM
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Surly Disc Trucker - How much will new wheels change the ride?

I've got a 2013 disc trucker with the original complete bike package. The wheels are xt hubs with Alex Adventurer rims. I've had some feedback suggesting a lighter wheelset could make the ride more enjoyable for me. However, I would not spend a lot of money. It will never be a fast road bike.

Here is the wheelset I'm considering: Cyclocross / Road Disc
It would be the i19 CX Team.

My intent would be to make a longer ride more enjoyable, perhaps a bit easier. I'm talking about doing a century, 200k, even the shorter rides in the 50 - 100 mile range might matter. I'm trying to minimize the things I don't like about the trucker (feeling sluggish, hard to accelerate) and having the things I do like (stability, screaming down hills like a locomotive glued to the tracks, smooth ride, etc.).

Rather than obsessing over getting a new bike, maybe a wheelset would help significantly? Maybe not. I've never changed wheels on a bike before, always used what it came with. Just looking for feedback on this.

Oh, and for the record, I do not think this will make me faster. I just want a more enjoyable, responsive ride. I would like to get some centuries in this summer, and my goal is to do a 200k. I know how little things add up on longer rides. 30 miles and I can't even tell if my saddle is uncomfortable.

So what do you think? Would a different wheelset make a significant difference, or is it just too much about the frame tubing and geometry?
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Old 05-19-17, 05:19 PM
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You'd save 100 grams per rim, but you can't escape that long wheelbase.
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Old 05-19-17, 05:31 PM
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Changing the tires (and tire pressure) might be a much less expensive and more effective way to change the ride quality. What do you have on there now?
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Old 05-19-17, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Changing the tires (and tire pressure) might be a much less expensive and more effective way to change the ride quality. What do you have on there now?
The cheap continental contacts that came with, 37mm. They're pretty much worn out. I'm ordering some panaracer paselas. I was going to go down to 32, but the roads around here are so bad I just don't want to. With my weight and the bike, I'm supposed to be around 60psi for the back and 50 psi for the front, but because of all the broken pavement and frost heaves, I go about 47 on the back and 40 on the front. I've gone lower, but cornering gets a little hairy.
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Try Clement Strada 28mm 120 TPI. (They also have a 32 mm if you are worried.) I run mine on similar roads.
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Yes, buy that I19 wheelset and set it up tubeless. Maybe Hutchinson Sector 32mm. Nothing will every overcome the long wheelbase and sluggish geometry but shaving a pound off the rims and tyres is going to make it ride much nicer, esp upgrading to tubeless. Save the other wheelset from when you're hauling lots of stuff. All road bikes need at least one extra wheelset.
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Changing the tires will have a much bigger effect. But its still going to be a touring bike with touring bike handling. I don't think it will change it much.

I have a LHT that I orginally had 35mm tires on it. I change it to 28mm tires and I actually hated it and I felt it was slower. Plus I liked the cush of the 35mm tires.

Its funny, next year I'm planning on doing some centuries on the Trucker as apposed to my Madone. I want something that is going to be more comfortable with higher bars.
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