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Old 10-24-20, 12:25 AM
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New alloy wheels

Following advice from an earlier forum, I've decided to get some new wheels for my 2012 Focus Izalco Pro 10-speed SRAM. I current have the narrow DT RR 1850s. I'd like something that can comfortably fit a wider tire, especially since the roads here can be pretty bad. Aero is not important to me; I'm more interested in climbing. Since this is a relatively old bike, I'd like to keep it on the cheaper side, ideally under $500.

Someone suggested the Hunt Race Aero Wides. Any other opinions out there or tips for figuring out which wheels to buy?
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Old 10-24-20, 12:54 PM
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I'm pretty happy with a pair of Campag Zonda clinchers I bought in May. ~$360 with free shipping from (IIRC) Chain Reaction Cycles. 18 radial spokes front, 21 G3-pattern in the rear, 17mm internal width, 24mm deep front, 30mm (IIRC) deep rear, so not massively aero. Actual weight (w/o skewers) 672F/887R. Solid rim bed, so no tape needed. I use 25mm Rubino Pros, which are an actual 26mm diam with the Zondas. They'll accommodate wider, but I'm at the limit of my frameset, tire-wise. They're pretty stiff, IMO. I started running them at 100 psi F/R, which was what I used to use with the Rolfs that preceded them, but that setup was boneshakingly harsh, so I've dropped to 85 psi front, 90 psi rear, which works out well for me. I got mine with a Campag free hub, but they're also available for Shimano. I'm ~185lb, and I've used these for solo rides (18 mph average) for ~2200 miles so far. They remain perfectly true. My only reservation is that, if I break a spoke, I'll have to go proprietary, which will be expensive, but I ran the same risk with the Rolfs and it never happened in ~16 years

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Hunt Race Aero Wides pretty damn good set of wheels....

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/editor...-wheels-358775
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At Bicycle Wheel Warehouse you can get their house brand rims laced to Dura-Ace 7900 hubs for $450.
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Originally Posted by Bob the Mech View Post
Hunt Race Aero Wides pretty damn good set of wheels....

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/editor...-wheels-358775
Yeah, I have no complaints re: their sister model to these, the Sprint Aero Wides (same rim but polished silver, upgraded hubs).

That said, to get the same rims and some manner of customization, the "Ventus" version linked below is another option
PWB SIGNATURE - VENTUS
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Old 10-24-20, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
I'm pretty happy with a pair of Campag Zonda clinchers I bought in May. ~$360 with free shipping from (IIRC) Chain Reaction Cycles. 18 radial spokes front, 21 G3-pattern in the rear, 17mm internal width, 24mm deep front, 30mm (IIRC) deep rear, so not massively aero. Actual weight (w/o skewers) 672F/887R. Solid rim bed, so no tape needed. I use 25mm Rubino Pros, which are an actual 26mm diam with the Zondas. They'll accommodate wider, but I'm at the limit of my frameset, tire-wise. They're pretty stiff, IMO. I started running them at 100 psi F/R, which was what I used to use with the Rolfs that preceded them, but that setup was boneshakingly harsh, so I've dropped to 85 psi front, 90 psi rear, which works out well for me. I got mine with a Campag free hub, but they're also available for Shimano. I'm ~185lb, and I've used these for solo rides (18 mph average) for ~2200 miles so far. They remain perfectly true. My only reservation is that, if I break a spoke, I'll have to go proprietary, which will be expensive, but I ran the same risk with the Rolfs and it never happened in ~16 years
These have gotten lots of reviews, but from what I read, they are too narrow for 28s and not idea for 25s either.
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Originally Posted by crn3371 View Post
At Bicycle Wheel Warehouse you can get their house brand rims laced to Dura-Ace 7900 hubs for $450.
Thanks for the tip. It seems like there are hardly any reviews though.
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Originally Posted by btppberk View Post
These have gotten lots of reviews, but from what I read, they are too narrow for 28s and not idea for 25s either.
Pretty much perfect for 25s. The rims are 23mm external width. My nominal 25s are 26mm actual width on these rims No idea about 28s, but they’re certainly spec’d as 28-compatible
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
Pretty much perfect for 25s. The rims are 23mm external width. My nominal 25s are 26mm actual width on these rims No idea about 28s, but they’re certainly spec’d as 28-compatible
I have no idea myself, but here's one guys opinion (he seems knowledgeable, but who knows):

A 25C tire on a 17C wheel – better comfort but no better speed or handling than a 23C tire on a 15C wheel. 23C tire on 17C wheel at right pressure will get you somewhat improved comfort with improved aero if the rim has at least a rounded nose rather than box or V profile, is >35-40mm, and you are riding at 18mph/29kph or faster.
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I'll second the recommendation for the Zondas - excellent wheel at a good price. I'm running them with 25mm GP4K and they are very nice.
On an older bike, all those wide rims are a pretty tight fit.
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Originally Posted by btppberk View Post
I have no idea myself, but here's one guys opinion (he seems knowledgeable, but who knows):

A 25C tire on a 17C wheel – better comfort but no better speed or handling than a 23C tire on a 15C wheel. 23C tire on 17C wheel at right pressure will get you somewhat improved comfort with improved aero if the rim has at least a rounded nose rather than box or V profile, is >35-40mm, and you are riding at 18mph/29kph or faster.
well, there you go...🤔
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A little over your budjet but the Hed Ardennes / Belgium + ares awesomes wheels. They are well build and wide.

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Zondas work great with 25mm tires and reduced pressure. The ride is greatly improved over 23mm tires with 10-15 psi more pressure. I have them on two bikes. They will also accommodate 28mm tires with no problem. Campy/ Fulcrum recommends their 17mm rims for 25 to 50mm tires.

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