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Wheelset Fight! Which One To Choose

Old 05-20-15, 08:54 AM
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Wheelset Fight! Which One To Choose

Out of these options, which ones one you go for?

Zipp 30 Clincher Rear Wheel 20 Spokes - Black 2015 | ProBikeKit.com

Fulcrum Racing 5 LG CX Clincher Wheelset - Black/White | ProBikeKit.com

Campagnolo Scirocco Wheelset - Clincher | ProBikeKit.com

Fulcrum Racing 7 LG CX Clincher Wheelset - Black/White | ProBikeKit.com

The scirocco are quite a looker. Im not a heavy rider (130 lbs) so I'm assuming durability shouldn't be an issue with my options.
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Do you know the Fulcrums are cyclocross? Not a big deal but wonder why you included them. Assuming you are looking at a pair of Zipps instead of just the rear, I would go for them. They are study and are more aero.
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Do you know the Fulcrums are cyclocross? Not a big deal but wonder why you included them. Assuming you are looking at a pair of Zipps instead of just the rear, I would go for them. They are study and are more aero.
Oh thats what CX meant

I was just attracted to how they were designed with the star in the middle. I guess the scirocco is the leader in terms of looks. Not sure in regards to value though.
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The Campy wheels are 24mm deep while the Zipps are 30mm. That gives some aero benefit, especially at higher speeds. But either are nice
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Originally Posted by dippitydoo View Post
Out of these options, which ones one you go for?

Zipp 30 Clincher Rear Wheel 20 Spokes - Black 2015 | ProBikeKit.com

Fulcrum Racing 5 LG CX Clincher Wheelset - Black/White | ProBikeKit.com

Campagnolo Scirocco Wheelset - Clincher | ProBikeKit.com

Fulcrum Racing 7 LG CX Clincher Wheelset - Black/White | ProBikeKit.com

The scirocco are quite a looker. Im not a heavy rider (130 lbs) so I'm assuming durability shouldn't be an issue with my options.
Do you have a particular price point in mind? You know that $360 is just for one wheel on the Zipps right?
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Running Campy?

Here's a slightly cheaper option on the 5's. LG's are nice and wide. But that's might not be as important at your weight, so you might consider the 3's as well.
Fulcrum Racing 5 LG Clincher Road Wheelset - 2015 | Merlin Cycles

Also check the Ribble prices/options.
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Campy also look like they are only compatible with Campy....are you using campy components?
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NooooooooOOooOOOoo.

I guess I was too excited. Running Shimano unfortunately.

What are the difference between the CX and the ones that RMS posted? Design wise they look identical. I thought that the star design was exclusive to CX but I guess not.
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That's a pretty basic spoke pattern. Regular fulcrum 7 wheels have them too. The biggest difference from one to the other is nearly a pound of rotating weight.

Aero is overrated unless you can hold 25mph over a half hour or more or put out 350 watts for the same time. Weight savings do more for almost everyone. Get the lightest wheels you can find.
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CX = double-sealed bearings...or something like that. Would handle rain/muck better in the long term, so might be better for 'cross, commuting, PacNW weather, etc. They cost slightly more...not sure if they weigh more or roll any different.

The LG versions of the 5s and 7s (whether CX or not) are ~23mm rim width. The 2014 versions (not labeled 'LG') were 20.5mm. The 3s aren't as wide and are lighter.

You might throw 6800's on your short list also.
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Ribble now has Campy with Shimano hubs if you don't mind ordering from the UK (I've never had a problem). If you have trouble finding Campy with Shimano just get Fulcrum's as they are made by Campy. If you hunt on the internet you can find the given Campy wheel Fulcrum equivelant. If you like the CX ones then get them, nothing wrong with a CX wheel on a road bike although make sure your tires fit.
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Originally Posted by CafeVelo View Post
Aero is overrated unless you can hold 25mph over a half hour or more or put out 350 watts for the same time. Weight savings do more for almost everyone. Get the lightest wheels you can find.
That's not true, aero benefit can be had at almost any speed, weight on the other hand does not really matter when you are going at constant speed.

Even on hilly terrain aero is still faster.
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If you can power it, sure. Most people see bigger gains from weight reduction in the wheels, and a fit that allows power. Getting aero on a bike would do more than an aero bike. You've got to be going pretty fast to see a noticeable gain from just an aero bike.
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Well! Now we really do have a wheelset fight! Who will win? Aero or Lightweight?
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If you can power it, sure. Most people see bigger gains from weight reduction in the wheels, and a fit that allows power. Getting aero on a bike would do more than an aero bike. You've got to be going pretty fast to see a noticeable gain from just an aero bike.
what? aero gains are additive and wheel weight differences make minimal differences aside from "feel"
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Aero gains often come at the expense of weight and stiffness, in which case they're often not worth it for normal riding.

Couldn't disagree more, wheel weight matters quite a lot.
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Flo might have a few things to say that disagree with you. The aero resistance of spinning up a wheel is quite large, even if you have lighter, shallow wheels, the gains from reducing 200 grams will not make much of a difference.
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I would vote for the Fulcrum Racing 5 because they are a really good value and high quality. I have a Fulcrum Racing Zero wheelset that seems bombproof and rolls terrific, and was thinking of buying the Racing 5 for another bike.

At 30 mm rim depth for the Zipp versus 24/27 mm for the Fulcrum, it's not a big difference in aero advantage. I prefer a more reliable and better feeling wheel over negligible aero advantage. All other things being equal, I'd go by looks too. That seems silly, but I've been riding four different wheels recently ranging in rim depth from 24 to 38 mm, and weight from 1450 to 1900 grams, and while they are all subtly different feeling, it's not a huge difference in feel or performance.

If aero is more important to you, go deeper and/or wider. If you like the feel of accelerating quickly from a stop, go lighter. Otherwise I say get the wheels you dig the looks of the most.
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I just ordered a set of Shimano Ultegra 6800 wheels from Chain Reaction for $383 free shipping. Not one of the choices, I know, but seems hard to beat.
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Originally Posted by mtn.cyclist View Post
I just ordered a set of Shimano Ultegra 6800 wheels from Chain Reaction for $383 free shipping. Not one of the choices, I know, but seems hard to beat.
http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...l#post17822296
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