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Old 02-23-19, 12:32 PM
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Carbon Wheel Set on Hybrid?

I have the upgrade itch! Thinking of purchasing carbon fiber wheel set for a 2014 Giant Escape RX Composite. The wheel set will actually cost almost as much as the bike! 30mm wheels....Any opinions?
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My wife and I had Giant Escape RX Composites as well Yet another new Giant Escape RX Composite owner(s) . Then moved on to a couple of FastRoad CoMaxs. Last fall I did a complete upgrade on the FastRoads, drive train, wheel set etc. Upgrading our Giant Fastroad CoMax 1's While I didn't upgrade to carbon I did purchase a very well reviewed set for both bikes. I can tell you it was $$ well spent. The Giant wheels were like boat anchors compared to the new set. Also when with tubeless. Then we purchased a couple of new Canyon RoadLite CF 9.0 LTDs. These came with Reynolds AR1 carbon wheels from the factory. Both are they nice.. Do I wish I had purchased them instead of the set I did for the FastRoads. No. But hey it's your $$. I can say a new wheel set will make your bike feel like a new one.
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Originally Posted by RhythmRider View Post
I have the upgrade itch! Thinking of purchasing carbon fiber wheel set for a 2014 Giant Escape RX Composite. The wheel set will actually cost almost as much as the bike! 30mm wheels....Any opinions?
Hunt wheels are good.
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Old 03-06-19, 09:36 PM
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I have Hunt Wheels on my hybrid and i love them, way way lighter than the stockies that were on it before
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If im just riding on roads and trail will i notice the weight difference on a carbon fiber bike?
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Old 04-04-19, 11:22 AM
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I have the upgrade itch! Thinking of purchasing carbon fiber wheel set for a 2014 Giant Escape RX Composite. The wheel set will actually cost almost as much as the bike! 30mm wheels....Any opinions?
It's your bike. Do what you want. The wheels aren't going to make your hybrid as fast or as aero as a road bike, but if you like them and can afford them, enjoy!
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It's your bike. Do what you want. The wheels aren't going to make your hybrid as fast or as aero as a road bike, but if you like them and can afford them, enjoy!
Yes it can! Road bikes are not the be all end all! I pass roadies all the time js
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Yes it can! Road bikes are not the be all end all! I pass roadies all the time js
You do you, of course, but "I pass roadies all the time" is a meaningless metric that speaks more to the calibre of riders in your area.

On a local climb I get passed by WorldTour pros out training, and they drop me like a sack of potatoes, no matter which of my bikes I happen to be on.
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Old 11-05-21, 11:19 PM
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I recently built a few sets of wheels and strongly considered carbon rims for my last set. I went with DTSwiss XR361s. For what they weigh going carbon wasn't a significant difference. Spending a few hundred more for Chinese carbon would save me ~30g per rim. Spending many times that on a domestic product might save a few more grams. Definitely past the point of diminishing returns. If you're racing you gotta do what you gotta do. For a casual rider looking for a cool set of rims they're awesome for the price.
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Old 11-06-21, 08:23 PM
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Rotating weight makes a big difference... whether is worth the cost is another. Common statement in the automotive and motorcycle worlds is 1 lb saving at the wheel equals 2 lbs in the chassis.

Carbon wheels are at least $1k+ and saving around 500-700g for the set vs. stock I think is a fair assesment.
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Old 11-08-21, 11:16 AM
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If you're willing to drop that kind of money for upgrades, I would look at other components first: Innerbarends, grips, Shimano105 shifters/group set, cleats, etc. Or put that money towards another bike.

You'll be faster finding clever ways to get more aero on a hybrid vs changing to lighter wheels.
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