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Final wheel set choices - Need Advice

Old 05-26-20, 08:13 PM
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Final wheel set choices - Need Advice

Thanks to everyone who helped me in an earlier thread to learn about many different brands of wheels. I am down to my final selections and would like some final advice before taking the plunge.

First, a little about my riding. I am a weekend warrior who runs anywhere between 20 - 80 miles at a time. I stick to mostly flat terrain with only a few shorter climbs. My price limit is right around $1,200 max but if I can save a few bucks to spend elsewhere, that is always a good thing.

* My bike has center lock disc breaks and has an axle compatibility for Shimano, Front = 100x12 & Back = 142x12
* I would like to stick around a ~ 50mm depth rim .. yes for looks, but also because that is simply what I want. I do not want to be above 59mm.
* I would consider myself a heavier rider weighing in closer to 220 pounds (99 Kg) so cross-wind on newer aero rims does not worry me.

Fulcrum Wind 55 DB - I currently have Fulcrum Racing 5 DB rims on the bike now. I like them but not attached.
ICAN Aero 50 Disc w/ DT240s hubs - These seem to get good reviews, however I do worry about the arriving and not being true or the bladed spokes not being correctly angled / bent.
ICAN Aero 50 Disc - MUCH cheaper than the above two options. Is the DT240s hub really that much better than the ICAN Do1 hub?
Light Bicycle AR56 - Still working my way through all the options as this option seems to require me knowing more about what I am doing to get it right... lol

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Regardless of what set you go with, I recommend you treat any and all of them as "machine built" and have them gone over by a someone competent in wheelbuilding-- unless you have them built from a reputable builder to begin with. I have a set of the ICAN FL50s, and they have been essentially trouble free (and significantly less than $1.1k) but the rear did require a truing and slight re-dish after some time in service.

Just to further muddy the waters, the Hunt 50 Aeros look real good.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Regardless of what set you go with, I recommend you treat any and all of them as "machine built" and have them gone over by a someone competent in wheelbuilding-- unless you have them built from a reputable builder to begin with. I have a set of the ICAN FL50s, and they have been essentially trouble free (and significantly less than $1.1k) but the rear did require a truing and slight re-dish after some time in service.

Just to further muddy the waters, the Hunt 50 Aeros look real good.
Thanks man, I agree. I will assume all in my price range as machine built and get my LBS to look them over before installing for safety and to ensure nothing is out of wack.

Thanks for the HUNT recommendation. I did not come across them earlier. They do look nice and clean.
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If you can step down to 45mm, the new Zipp 303S are just above your price range at $1300, but they’re hookless and tubeless mostly (can run tubes on tubeless tire, but 70psi max)

Light Bicycle with the AR56 rim, DT Swiss Hubs, no holes on rim, hooked bead (so you can run clinchers or tubeless) and brass nipples would be my choice. Brass is a bit heavier, but a better long term choice.

The Fulcrum Wind look interesting but are heavy. Not sure what the hubs are like, but seem like a safe choice and only a bit more than something like Light Bicycle, but also a bit heavier.
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