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Newbie wheel advice

Old 09-24-18, 08:30 PM
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Newbie wheel advice

I’m 59 and have been running for the past 26 years and have been riding between runs for the past 4 years. I bought a new Caad12 from my LBS last month and it came with a set of Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels. There’s nothing wrong with them and my plan is to use the rear Fulcrum on my Kinetic trainer and get a better set of alloy wheels for my normal riding that consists of a 15 mile loop that is relatively flat with some rolling hills in North Texas. I weigh 175 lbs and read as many wheel posts that I could over the last week. I decided to try and get a custom set and talked to a rep at Colorado Cyclist and without breaking the bank went with a set of Ultegra hubs and DT Swiss R411 alloy rims. Out the door for less than $400. I want to get something that I could get repaired without buying a new set of factory wheels. So I’d just like someone to point me in the right direction before I order a them. All I want are alloy rims, decent hubs, and parts that are common enough to find replacements for if they break. Thanks in advance.
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Seems simple enough but i dont get what you want . id simply go with mavic askium race or cosmic elite from merlin cycle both under 350 with standard parts i think**********

thats what i use for training and comute anyway .
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Sounds like you already have it figured out. You looking for another option?
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If there’s a better option then I’m open to suggestions. All the searches I read seemed to all say get a custom wheel and skip the factory sets. Better bang for your buck is how I read them.
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While I cannot attest to the quality of Colorado Cyclist wheel build, I can tell you that my $300 custom build Kinlin/Novatec/Sapim wheelset was by far the best upgrade (from Mavic Ksyrium Elite, which is twice the price) I have ever done in my 15 years of cycling, and probably close by performance/ride quality gain to a bike upgrade.
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Thanks for the moral support. Appreciate it.
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My 2cents:

CAAD 12 with Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels are more than sufficient for beginners. Since you're mainly only riding a 15-mile loop, I suggest you hold all the bike components upgrade for a while, until you become stronger and ride longer/faster. You'll know much better what style of riders you are or want to become after a couple of thousand miles of mileage.

At this stage, I would spend my $$ on a bike computer, a heart rate monitor, and even a powermeter.
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