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Old 06-12-20, 07:34 AM
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Advice on wheel, tyre and headset options needed

Hello,
I'm about to dive in on a new bike and have been given choices on all the above which I'm unsure about.
To be clear, I'm no bike fanatic. I enjoy riding, mostly along roads, as a way of keeping fit and getting about and seeing new places.
So I'm getting a Fairlight Strael 2.0 because it's highly regarded and I like the idea of a bike that is comfy and can handle my not insignificant weight.
I will be doing 50-60 mile rides on it, as fast as my body will allow which isn't that fast. I won't go off road much but there will be the occasional gravel track to contend with when I holiday in Pembrokeshire as well as some very steep climbs to heave my heavy body up.
A 105 groupset suits my needs more than adequately but I'm wondering about the wheels, tyre and headset.
Attached are the options I've been given.
I would love your opinions on the options given my desire to ride round comfortably but feel like I'm also going fast even if I'm not. I don't mind spending more if I feel a discernible difference but dropping a ton of cash on stuff that would only make a difference to serious cyclists is not for me.
All opinions and help gratefully received on the attachments



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Old 06-12-20, 07:47 AM
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Headset is easy with those choices: pick your favorite color. They are all quality manufacturers.

Spokes are what support you on the road, pick a 32/32 wheelset, especially if you may encounter some clinker now and then on a gravel path.

The tire choices aren't anything to sniff at either. If you have lots of road debris, go for the gatorskins, if you're looking for more cushion, the 32mm wide tires will give that. Gp5000's I'd reserve for a racer, they're terrific tires but without much tread life.

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Thanks so much for your reply.
So if I want 32/32 wheelset would you have an opinion on Hope 20Five v Hunt Superdura Dynamo?
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Originally Posted by benjamin163 View Post
Thanks so much for your reply.
So if I want 32/32 wheelset would you have an opinion on Hope 20Five v Hunt Superdura Dynamo?
Do you need/want a dynamo? That's useful for running lamps or charging batteries while moving, but I'd skip it unless I was building a long distance tourer.

edit to add:
High spoke count wheels aren't absolutely necessary, whatever weight you are. That's old wisdom from the era of box section low profile rims, which flex more than modern rims. Spokes are likewise not going to hold you back much, that's a job for air resistance at speed. If you have doubts, you can see if the wheels you're considering have a weight limit from the manufacturer.

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Really appreciate your replies.
gave me a lot of food for thought.
i checked weight limits and the Hunt 4 season were well within my aple weight so I've gone with them on the basis that they have some incredible reviews from trusted bike sites whereas I struggled to find so much on the Hope 20five and the standard ones didn't get great reviews.
I took your advice on the headset and just went with standard. Not sure I'll ever feel a difference there. And I got standard tyres which I can always change easily.
Thanks so much for taking the time.
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The tire choices aren't anything to sniff at either. If you have lots of road debris, go for the gatorskins, if you're looking for more cushion, the 32mm wide tires will give that. Gp5000's I'd reserve for a racer, they're terrific tires but without much tread life.
I think you'd do well to listen to Uncle Sam

My new bike as of this Spring has wide rims (25mm internal width) with 32mm Conti GP5000 tubeless tires and I absolutely love the combination. I've never ridden a tire (or rim) this wide before, but I'm totally sold on going wide for on-road. The combo is way more comfortable than narrower 25 and 28mm tires, partially due to the lower tire pressures one can run when setup tubeless, and the bike is incredibly stable during high-speed descents and cornering. In Wisconsin, we wrap our potholes with an occasional road, so I really appreciate the extra shock absorption of the wider tires.

I weigh 165 lbs (<75kg), so I'm not exactly a heavy rider. Since you mentioned you are a bit heavier, I can only see you benefiting from a larger volume tire, especially since speed is less of a priority for you.
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