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Synapse 105 carbon upgrades - RS11 wheel upgrade choices

Old 09-07-15, 02:14 PM
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Synapse 105 carbon upgrades - RS11 wheel upgrade choices

Hey guys, I've spent two days searching like a madman for upgrade options for the RS11 wheels that came on my '14 Syanpse 105 carbon. I weighed the bike and with wheels/pedals it's at 19.2lbs (8709g). Without wheels it's 12.1lbs (5488g), wheels are 7.1lbs (3220g) with air/serfas tube/conti super sport tires/skewers and 105 cassette. The RS11's are 1848g.


I'm looking for an upgrade to lose about a pound (will do stem, handlebar, etc later) and for climbing.

Options that I see are

- RS81 C35 with tires on craigslist for $500
- Aivee for $400 shipped
- I see some Mavic SLS wheels here and there. Lowest I see is $780 or so
- Botragger race lit for $480

Any other good options? Trying to spend maybe 700 max, maybe 800 if necessary.





For later one the stems I've been looking at are FSA and Kalloy Uno (C3 stem is 132). The handlebar I'm not too sure of yet (C3 bar is 289-300g). I will replace my Shimano A350 pedals (383g) to CB Egg Beater 2 which are 285g.

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Those RS81s are $475, new, at Ribble. The 24mm are less. They also have some Fulcrum models that are pretty light.
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Fulcrum wheelset <$700 after subtracting out the VAT
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Old 09-07-15, 03:41 PM
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Thanks guys. Great suggestions.

Last one I will post here is this;

Blackset Race 14 700c Wheel Set

They have 35% off so I can do Pro build level, black color, shimano cassette and rim tape which comes to $604 and then $392 after the discount.
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Boyd Rouluer 30's 1527 grams clearanced at $300 + $25 shipping. Just bought a set for my Tarmac and willnget them Friday. Altamonts are $550 on clearance at 1550 grams give or take. Another option is November alloy Nimbus Ti 1490 grams with Pacenti or lighter yet with Stans ZTR 340 $555 starting point with a November version of White Industry T11 hub.dont know if it will save a pound but nice wheels.

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If you are a lightweight, you can build up some Stan's Alpha 340 rims into a light wheelset for not too much. I was just googling, and on prowheelbuilder a set that has 20/24 spokes front/rear supposedly builds up 1310 grams for $678. It won't be as easy to find factory wheels that are as light for that cheap. Maybe Fulcrum Racing 3 or Campy Eurus are around 1500 grams for $600-700 from overseas/UK vendors? The Boyd Altamont on clearance for $550 is a good deal without having to bother with overseas shipping and possible duty and customs fees. The Blackset Pro sound like a good budget option for under $400, very respectable build weight if accurate.

Before you bother replacing the stem, weigh the one that came with your bike. You might be surprised that there's not much weight savings to lose there or it will be expensive on a dollar per gram saved basis.
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I am going with an Ultegra wheelset and tubeless on my 2015 Supersix EVO 105. The RS11 wheels have not been terrible though. I have over 2,000 miles on them and they have performed well. They do roll a bit heavy though.
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custom built for $700ish plus or mius a couple hundred on hub and spoke combo.
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