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Best wheelsets under $400?

Old 08-10-17, 06:45 AM
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Best wheelsets under $400?

I'm looking to spend less than $400 on wheels.
I want mid-level aluminum rims that are a step up from my entry level Fulcrum 7's which weigh 1800g and over the years have lost their true.

I've decided on Campagnolo Zonda C17's or Ultegra 6800's.

They cost the same ~$375. Campagnolo's are 1600g. Ultegra are 1650g.

I'm a 80-85kg rider depending on the time of year and I'm looking to use these as climbing/all rounder wheelsets for my Bianchi and Pinarello.

Any thoughts between the two?

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Get ultegra if you have a shimano groupset.

Campy with campy.

If you have SRAM you're screwed.
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There are a lot of thread on wheelsets. Use the search Luke! I recently got the Campagnolo Zonda wheelset at probikekit.co.uk for around $368:

https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-w.../11349819.html



The rear wheel seems to be fairly stiff and holding up ok so far. I'm 6'1" @ 230 lbs. Was originally concerned about the low spoke count. But pulled the trigger, anyway after reading all the good reviews on them. One other nice thing is that they have no holes on the inner rim surface for the spokes. So no rim tape is needed. Only drawback might be that it would be a PITA to replace a spoke. I guess you would need to use a magnet to get the nipple into place? Also check out velomine.com. They have some fairly cheap machine built wheelsets for as low as $180.:

https://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...65oiljbali0245

I used to use the Velocity A23 with Origin 8/Formula hubs. I pulled the spoke through the rim but I think this was a case of user error. I needed to tighten the NDS spokes once in a while and guess that I overtightened them causing more stress on the DS spoke.

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Old 08-10-17, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post
Get ultegra if you have a shimano groupset.

Campy with campy.

If you have SRAM you're screwed.
Campy wheels are made by Fulcrum. So it really doesn't matter. I had Campy 10 spd already, but wouldn't hesitate to get the shimano version of their wheels. My other bike has Shimano 9 spd.
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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
Campy wheels are made by Fulcrum. So it really doesn't matter. I had Campy 10 spd already, but wouldn't hesitate to get the shimano version of their wheels. My other bike has Shimano 9 spd.
Didn't know that thanks. My OCD wouldn't allow me to mix brands.
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post
Didn't know that thanks. My OCD wouldn't allow me to mix brands.
Shimano and some Chris King hubs don't come with Campy freehubs from what I've read. So would probably try a conversion cassette from Ambrosio or IRD in that case. I might try the Ambrosio Shimano spline with Campy spacing cassette for my other wheels. Shimano Ultegra hubs were one of the smoothest hub I've ever used. They might be heavier than some but I can see why they still use the old ball bearing technology on them. Reminds me of old Campy Super Record hubs.

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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
Shimano and some Chris King hubs don't come with Campy freehubs from what I've read. So would probably try a conversion cassette from Ambrosio or IRD in that case. I might try the Ambrosio Shimano spline with Campy spacing cassette for my other wheels. Shimano Ultegra hubs were one of the smoothest hub I've ever used. They might be heavier than some but I can see why they still use the old ball bearing technology on them. Reminds me of old Campy Super Record hubs.
Yep. I currently am running Ultegra wheels on my Giant. Love them and have never had a problem. Other than the nut on the quick release breaking. Wish it was aluminum.
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I have the 6800 wheels and love them. Haven't had to true them once. I'm not a heavy guy, but I ride big mileage.

Go tubeless and you'll really love them.
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Fulcrum Racing 3's are the same thing as Campagnolo Zonda. Buy which ever you can find at a discount. Look at Merlin or Wiggle.
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Aren't the Ultegras the traditional more narrow width? There are several Fulcrum models in your price range that have the new wider rims. Look for "LG" in the description.
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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
Campy wheels are made by Fulcrum. So it really doesn't matter. I had Campy 10 spd already, but wouldn't hesitate to get the shimano version of their wheels. My other bike has Shimano 9 spd.
The other way around. Fulcrum is a Campagnolo sub brand
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post
Get ultegra if you have a shimano groupset.

Campy with campy.

If you have SRAM you're screwed.
If I have SRAM I absolutely MUST have a pair of Zipps. No?
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
I have the 6800 wheels and love them. Haven't had to true them once. I'm not a heavy guy, but I ride big mileage.

Go tubeless and you'll really love them.
Don't I need an air compressor to install tubeless and get the bead of the rim in ...? I can always still ride it with tubes, correct?
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have custom wheels built ....

I collect my wheels tomorrow morning .... Chris King r45 hubs (with the ceramic bearings upgrade) laced to HED Belgium plus rims with CX-Ray spokes

Mine cost me more than what I paid for my bike (an older Giant TCR), but can be transfered to my next bikes if I upgrade

I bought the hubs and wheels online and my wheelbuiler only charged £50 to build them

$400 should get you something good if you do your research .... good light alloy rims are not expensive, and look for rims that are tubeless ready .... loads of good hubs that are not expensive
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If I have SRAM I absolutely MUST have a pair of Zipps. No?
Absolutely
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Don't I need an air compressor to install tubeless and get the bead of the rim in ...? I can always still ride it with tubes, correct?
No air compressor needed. I've never used one.

You can run with or without tubes. Your choice. Most people use tubes.
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post

If you have SRAM you're screwed.
How so?
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Originally Posted by Sojodave View Post
Fulcrum Racing 3's are the same thing as Campagnolo Zonda. Buy which ever you can find at a discount. Look at Merlin or Wiggle.
+1

I've got 3 sets of these going strong on my bikes despite my 190ish pounds this year.





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I would love some guidance myself. I have a 8 speed cassette and finding a good set of wheels in this price range is somewhat difficult. Anyone have any advise?
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How so?
Because it wouldn't match his wheel choices. This would make his bike not roll.
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Because it wouldn't match his wheel choices. This would make his bike not roll.
Are you saying that only SRAM cassettes/hubs will work with SRAM components?
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Are you saying that only SRAM cassettes/hubs will work with SRAM components?
No
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Originally Posted by RichardR1015 View Post
I would love some guidance myself. I have a 8 speed cassette and finding a good set of wheels in this price range is somewhat difficult. Anyone have any advise?
Is that Campagnolo or Shimano 8 speed?

Shimano 8 speed should fit on most modern wheelsets with the proper spacer.

Campagnolo 8 Speed is doable to as that's what I've got on the Blue Maillot Jaune in the pics several post up. I can hook you up with someone selling spacer kits to convert a modern 9 speed cassette to 8 speed so you can use it on a modern wheelset.
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