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Choosing Between Two Wheel Sets Reynolds Assault or Dura-Ace C50

Old 04-03-16, 10:35 PM
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Choosing Between Two Wheel Sets Reynolds Assault or Dura-Ace C50

Hey all! In the market for a second wheel set. Currently riding Shimano RS81's. I train, currently race on them and they are holding up ok. I recently broke two spokes on different occasions. No particular reason, they just snapped. I replaced them and was back on the road. I have two road races lined up at the end of the month and wanted to get something solid that will be good for training, racing and climbing. I'll also be jumping into a few criterium races after my vacation in May.

My friend is selling a set of Reynold Assaults, not sure what year they are nor the condition but he said they are great wheels. He well let them go for $800. He claims they are in great condition but I'd have to see for myself of course. Also they have to be 11speed compatible, as I'm not sure if previous models before 2014 are or not. Secondly I can get the Dura-Ace C50 Tubular or Clinchers set for $980 with my shop discount. I was considering going with the Dura-Ace but would love for you guys to shed some light on this.

I know some of you might cringe when debating over the Tubular vs Clincher arena for wheel sets, but I'm not sure what the best one to go with would be. I know the Reynolds Assaults aren't tubular at all so that might be checked off for many of you. I was considering going with a Tubular set for the racing, and when I'm in the mountains up north in the Catskills. However, it would be awesome to use them out locally for training. My RS81's hold up pretty ok for the roads here. I stopped riding through the city because potholes in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan just screw up the wheels. I also have a small chip on the aluminum sidewall of the rear wheel that I had to sand down a bit to smooth out. They are still running fine but would love something more aggressive, aero and light weight.

Since I can get the deal on the Dura-Ace c50 set for under $1000 I was thinking of going with that since it will be a fresh set of shoes. Though my buddy is parting ways with his Reynolds Assaults for $800 seems to be a solid deal as well. If anyone here can shed some light on this that would be awesome. Thanks!
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I would go with the c50's , but I would also look at BOYDS.
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Originally Posted by allen254
I would go with the c50's , but I would also look at BOYDS.
Thanks! Boyd wheels are awesome! I rode them on my old Tarmac years ago but sold the bike with the wheels. I emailed them to see if they have any clinchers from last year in stock since they only have tubulars on the site. Would love to ride those wheels again. The new hub construction is very attractive as well.

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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Thanks! Boyd wheels are awesome! I rode them on my old Tarmac years ago but sold the bike with the wheels. I emailed them to see if they have any clinchers from last year in stock since they only have tubulars on the site. Would love to ride those wheels again. The new hub construction is very attractive as well.
Also look into the Fulcrum racing quattro's carbon clinchers I would prob recommend those also as for those were the ones I was going to get if I didn't get the boyds . https://www.merlincycles.com/fulcrum...016-87631.html
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I only have experience with the Assaults (current Tubeless version) and had nothing but problems with them running both tubed and tubeless. Their customer service was fast to respond and everything happened quickly but in the end they had no solution for me. I returned them and bought some Easton EC90sl's that have proven to be a far superior wheel in comparison, a bit more cash but worth every penny. The Dura Ace C50's are well liked but unless they're a to good to be true deal I don't see them being a good wheel compared to what's available in today's market with so many wider and lighter choices out there like the Boyd's, November's, and some bigger names if you really look around.
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Originally Posted by dvdslw
I only have experience with the Assaults (current Tubeless version) and had nothing but problems with them running both tubed and tubeless. Their customer service was fast to respond and everything happened quickly but in the end they had no solution for me. I returned them and bought some Easton EC90sl's that have proven to be a far superior wheel in comparison, a bit more cash but worth every penny. The Dura Ace C50's are well liked but unless they're a to good to be true deal I don't see them being a good wheel compared to what's available in today's market with so many wider and lighter choices out there like the Boyd's, November's, and some bigger names if you really look around.
Thanks for shedding some light here, that was very helpful. I spoke to my shop today and they are in the process of ordering me the Boyd 44mm clinchers. I really did their new hubs. Few years back when I rode them they were really solid wheels so I'm hoping I can get those in a couple weeks.
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Thanks for shedding some light here, that was very helpful. I spoke to my shop today and they are in the process of ordering me the Boyd 44mm clinchers. I really did their new hubs. Few years back when I rode them they were really solid wheels so I'm hoping I can get those in a couple weeks.
Sounds good, if you get them be sure to give us your impressions after you get a couple rides in.
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Originally Posted by dvdslw
Sounds good, if you get them be sure to give us your impressions after you get a couple rides in.
Absolutely! I just got them ordered. I have a couple races towards the end of the month. I'll circle back afterwards.
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Absolutely! I just got them ordered. I have a couple races towards the end of the month. I'll circle back afterwards.
I think you will love them the Boyds man I have the 44mm clinchers also ,, the 24 28 spokes and they are mazing wheels ,, I promise you will not feel any cross winds on them. They a re stiff light great build quality. And the specs are up to date. By the way I recommend you order them your self through Boyds website.
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Originally Posted by allen254
I think you will love them the Boyds man I have the 44mm clinchers also ,, the 24 28 spokes and they are mazing wheels ,, I promise you will not feel any cross winds on them. They a re stiff light great build quality. And the specs are up to date. By the way I recommend you order them your self through Boyds website.
Awesome! Yeah I ordered the same spoke count. Looking forward to riding them. Decided to go with clinchers instead of tubulars based off the flexibility and convenience of handling flats. I also do lots of solo riding. How long have you had yours, And what do you think of the hubs?
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Awesome! Yeah I ordered the same spoke count. Looking forward to riding them. Decided to go with clinchers instead of tubulars based off the flexibility and convenience of handling flats. I also do lots of solo riding. How long have you had yours, And what do you think of the hubs?
i have the clinchers also they are 2015 so you will be enjoying their new wider rim i believe they are at 26 or 27 mm wide the ones i have are 25mm wide still better than most factory wheels that only come in at 20.1 super narrow, they are very smooth rolling hubs they roll very well you will see, also they are stiff amazing for climbing, i can climb on these as if they were climbing wheels , try a sprint on them please try a sprint youll feel the stiffness of these wheels . the first time i rode them on a local mountain descent, the winds and cross winds picked up really nasty, but i didn't feel any crosswinds affecting these wheels, they were not phased, i was going at 35 to 40 mph on winding roads with heavy winds but i was riding with confidence. my friend has a pair of zipp 303 firecrest and the BOYDS are stiffer than the zipps by 100% more. i mostly do solo riding also my ride have everything climbing, flats, rolling hills, fast descents, sprinting,aggressive riding, everything these wheels can handle all of these types of riding,

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Originally Posted by allen254
i have the clinchers also they are 2015 so you will be enjoying their new wider rim i believe they are at 26 or 27 mm wide the ones i have are 25mm wide still better than most factory wheels that only come in at 20.1 super narrow, they are very smooth rolling hubs they roll very well you will see, also they are stiff amazing for climbing, i can climb on these as if they were climbing wheels , try a sprint on them please try a sprint youll feel the stiffness of these wheels . the first time i rode them on a local mountain descent, the winds and cross winds picked up really nasty, but i didn't feel any crosswinds affecting these wheels, they were not phased, i was going at 35 to 40 mph on winding roads with heavy winds but i was riding with confidence. my friend has a pair of zipp 303 firecrest and the BOYDS are stiffer than the zipps by 100% more. i mostly do solo riding also my ride have everything climbing, flats, rolling hills, fast descents, sprinting,aggressive riding, everything these wheels can handle all of these types of riding,
Awesome! You got me pretty stoked. That was probably the easiest decision I've made on choosing something for my bike. I should also mention that I didn't get the new "Eternity Hubs" I ordered standard.
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Awesome! You got me pretty stoked. That was probably the easiest decision I've made on choosing something for my bike. I should also mention that I didn't get the new "Eternity Hubs" I ordered standard.
don't matter they are still great hubs regardless, I think you will enjoy the crap out of them. I don't think I'll ever buy any other wheel brands. I've been satisfied with BOYDS both the altamonts and the 44mm carbon clinchera .
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don't matter they are still great hubs regardless, I think you will enjoy the crap out of them. I don't think I'll ever buy any other wheel brands. I've been satisfied with BOYDS both the altamonts and the 44mm carbon clinchera .
Thanks for the help! They still haven't arrived yet so I'm going to be racing this weekend without them. Not sure if I would throw them on my bike the day before the race. I'd want to get a few rides with them first. Let me ask, what valve length do you use for your 44mm Boyd's does 60mm give you good clearance for a pump or would 80mm be best?
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Yeah for sure break them in at least 300 miles or less ,, yes 60mm valve is enough maybe go with threadless valves. And clean the brake track with alcohol once in a while
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Originally Posted by allen254
Yeah for sure break them in at least 300 miles or less ,, yes 60mm valve is enough maybe go with threadless valves. And clean the brake track with alcohol once in a while
Awesome, thanks a lot. Can't wait till this hoops come in. I'll circle back with updates and images once they come in.
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Update:

Just received the wheels today and picked them up from the shop. Instead of taking picks I figured I just make a quick initial video on them. No unboxing just a first look sorta thing. Such a dope wheelset, can't wait to ride them... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXhYii2IPJs
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Update:

Just received the wheels today and picked them up from the shop. Instead of taking picks I figured I just make a quick initial video on them. No unboxing just a first look sorta thing. Such a dope wheelset, can't wait to ride them... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXhYii2IPJs
Hell yes man nice I wish I had the updated 27mm wide rim too , but 25mm is good too on my 44mm Boyds , also check out the brake track tell me if they make that cool sound that the zips make when braking,, I know your new 44's have the slightly ribed brake tracks.
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Originally Posted by allen254
Hell yes man nice I wish I had the updated 27mm wide rim too , but 25mm is good too on my 44mm Boyds , also check out the brake track tell me if they make that cool sound that the zips make when braking,, I know your new 44's have the slightly ribed brake tracks.
Yeah dude I'm super pumped for these and to put try the braking out. I'm gonna handle this tomorrow. For now, bed time.
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
Yeah dude I'm super pumped for these and to put try the braking out. I'm gonna handle this tomorrow. For now, bed time.
Hi biketocamp--how are you like the 44mm Boyd's? Care to share an update? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by cyclinggerrydee
Hi biketocamp--how are you like the 44mm Boyd's? Care to share an update? Thanks!

Hey cyclinggerrydee... Yeah the wheels are solid. I raced in them this past weekend and placed first overall in the Category 5. I notice a huge increase in stiffness laterally when sprinting and climbing. In fact so much stiffer than my Shimano RS81's which you can feel the flex. I have a race video I'm going to post this evening/night and will post it here. I'm riding the wheels in this video.

I've rode with Boyd's before and had no complaints. I had the older models around 3 years ago. The 2016's are bomb! Plus the graphics are sick. The braking track is super nice and make a nice whistling noise when coming to a stop. They also stop just as well as my RS81's which have an aluminum braking track. I'll most likely be putting together a video review on these once I get a few more races in on them so I'd say around summer sometime.
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