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Looking for decent budget wheelset for wife's bike

Old 07-04-17, 04:57 PM
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Looking for decent budget wheelset for wife's bike

My wife is complaining because she is having to pedal more than I on our ride. I have a set of Fulcrum Racing 3's on my bike. While riding side-by-side, she noticed that I coast much more than her and she is having to exert more energy to maintain speed. Now she wants a new set of wheels.

Her current bike: Fuji Sportiff 1.3
Wheelset: Vera Corsa (stock wheelset that came with the bike)
Her weight: 135 lbs. (only included because she doesn't need a robust wheelset for fatties like me )

Are there any decent budget wheelsets that are on par (from an "energy exertion" standpoint) with the Campagnolo Zonda's/Fulcrum Racing 3's, but at a lower price point?

Thanks.
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Old 07-04-17, 04:58 PM
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It's your weight, not your wheels.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It's your weight, not your wheels.
So my heavier weight allows me to pedal less on level surfaces?
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So my heavier weight allows me to pedal less on level surfaces?
Hard to say for sure, but I am thinking the coasting you were doing may have been a slight downhill and your weight probably matters MORE than wheel issues.

Try switching wheels with her as a test, I suspect it won't make much of a difference.
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I'll give it a try, but don't think she'll be OK with that answer. She'll just think that it is another way for me to get out of spending money on her.
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I'll give it a try, but don't think she'll be OK with that answer. She'll just think that it is another way for me to get out of spending money on her.
Understood. May be wise just to get her a nice set of wheels!
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It's your weight, not your wheels.
Haha, that was my first thought.

But if you want cheap wheels that spin well, I really like the AL wheels from Vision. I noticed the Team35 I use spin better than the Shimano RS11 I was using before, a lot better. I'm liking them enough I'm certain that my next wheels will be Vision again.

Vision Team 30 wheelset @ MerlinCycles for $220. The other benefit is the Vision logo is not bright or readily visible. They can also be peeled off. That's what I dislike most about Zipp, HED, ENVE and other wheels, the logos are obnoxious and gaudy.

The other benefit is they are slightly wider than 23mm, so both 23mm and 25mm tires fit really well. And the tires go on the frames easily, no issues changing tires on these wheels.

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Shimnao Ultegra? or

https://www.huntbikewheels.com/colle...-28deep-22wide
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Originally Posted by Samuraidog View Post
I'll give it a try, but don't think she'll be OK with that answer. She'll just think that it is another way for me to get out of spending money on her.
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Understood. May be wise just to get her a nice set of wheels!

Yup, get her a new set of wheels (faster or not, is irrelevant). Try the Fulcrum Racing 5. Costs a little less than Fulcrum 3 and the higher number will make her think they are better.
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Could always try out a better set of tires
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Thanks. I'll check these out.

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Haha, that was my first thought.

But if you want cheap wheels that spin well, I really like the AL wheels from Vision. I noticed the Team35 I use spin better than the Shimano RS11 I was using before, a lot better. I'm liking them enough I'm certain that my next wheels will be Vision again.

Vision Team 30 wheelset @ MerlinCycles for $220. The other benefit is the Vision logo is not bright or readily visible. They can also be peeled off. That's what I dislike most about Zipp, HED, ENVE and other wheels, the logos are obnoxious and gaudy.

The other benefit is they are slightly wider than 23mm, so both 23mm and 25mm tires fit really well. And the tires go on the frames easily, no issues changing tires on these wheels.
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Old 07-04-17, 06:26 PM
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How about the Campagnolo Khamsin Asymmetric Wheelset?
$150 on Wiggle.

Anyone have experience with these wheels?
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I like my Fulcrum 5 LGs. LG is wider model - recommended for tires 25+, though. 1658gms ~$215 from Wiggle shipped.
No complaints-I ride these on some pretty rough and steep mountain roads and they climb great. Only small vanity niggle - wish they had a BOB decal option, but for the money they are a very nice budget wheel set.

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Yup, get her a new set of wheels (faster or not, is irrelevant). Try the Fulcrum Racing 5. Costs a little less than Fulcrum 3 and the higher number will make her think they are better.
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Originally Posted by Samuraidog View Post
How about the Campagnolo Khamsin Asymmetric Wheelset?
$150 on Wiggle.

Anyone have experience with these wheels?
Yes, very good wheelset. Average weight and very strong. A little louder than the Fulcrums, but pedaling fixes that issue.
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Are there any decent budget wheelsets that are on par (from an "energy exertion" standpoint) with the Campagnolo Zonda's/Fulcrum Racing 3's, but at a lower price point?
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Yup, get her a new set of wheels (faster or not, is irrelevant). Try the Fulcrum Racing 5. Costs a little less than Fulcrum 3 and the higher number will make her think they are better.

Yep. I ride Fulcrum 3 and Campy Zondas. I put my wife on Campy Scirocco (Fulcrum 5) and she thinks they're great.
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Question Re:Team30/35 Black Rim Coating

[QUOTE=zymphad;19696281]

But if you want cheap wheels that spin well, I really like the AL wheels from Vision. I noticed the Team35 I use spin better than the Shimano RS11 I was using before, a lot better. I'm liking them enough I'm certain that my next wheels will be Vision again.

Vision Team 30 wheelset @ MerlinCycles for $220.

zymphad-
The Team30/(Team35?) have a (temporary) black rim coating for "aesthetic purposes"...has yours worn off? If so,how do you like the "Phase 2 aesthetics"??

Thanks.
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You might also want to consider Fulcrum Quattro LG's or 2018 Campagnolo Sciroccos. Both are 35mm deep with internal width of 17mm and intended for 25mm+ tires. The Quattros are 1725 grams for ~$250 and Sciroccos are 1654 grams for ~$300.

that being said, if I were in your situation I'd probably lean towards Zonda C17's since they're lighter and in the same price range.
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Wife deserves better...
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Replace the stock tires. Get Continental GP 4000S II's, or something with similar rolling resistance.

Then whatever new wheel set you get, she'll roll easier.
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18 replies and not a mention of Meilensteins - what a disservice.
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18 replies and not a mention of Meilensteins - what a disservice.
Would that be the
Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Schwarz
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I know who has LIGHTWEIGHT MEILENSTEINS with CONTINENTAL GP 4000S IIs in stock!
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Originally Posted by Samuraidog View Post
While riding side-by-side, she noticed that I coast much more than her and she is having to exert more energy to maintain speed. Now she wants a new set of wheels.
I think it's the tires more than the wheels. Get her new tires and new wheels.
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I don't get it. Must be an inside joke.

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Would that be the
Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Schwarz
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I don't get it. Must be an inside joke.
There was a hot thread recently on LIGHTWEIGHT MEILENSTEIN wheels. They're pricey for most of us.
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