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Newbie Seeking Wheel and Tire advice

Old 01-07-06, 06:36 AM
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Newbie Seeking Wheel and Tire advice

I don't have over a grand to spend and I'm looking to spend far less than that. I need durability as well as perfomance benefits, let's say I want to be the fastest commuter around on sometimes very long commutes.

Currently I have lowly Alex wheels, so there's no place to go but up.

That places sell seperate wheels, it would seem that some opt to buy one wheel at a time. (?) If I am to go that way would I notice a bigger difference in the front or in the rear?

On tires (and I suppose, applicable to wheels) I am a big guy (ego insert: not fat) I was wondering what is best as far as the pressure of my tires - should I go lower or higher. I've got a feeling, a perception of what's best, but I want to check it against the more objective evidence.

Any input would be appreciated!

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Open Pro's on Ultegra hubs are pretty hard to beat. Factor in value for the money at around $200.00 per pair and they are the clear winner for everything but style. If you are a heavyweight and want a little higher durability factor, pop for CXP33 rims.

You need enough air pressure in your tire to keep it from compressing to the point that the rim pinches the inner tube against the road surface. Heavier riders will need to use a little more air pressure. If you run a slightly wider tire, you will be able to get by with a little less air pressure. Less air pressure is good because gives you a less faring ride and it improves bike handling.

FWIW, I use 110psi rear and 100psi front with 25mm tires on my tandem and don't get pinch flats. My wife and I together weigh over 350 lbs so, unless you really are fat, I suspect that should be enough air pressure for you too.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Open Pro's on Ultegra hubs are pretty hard to beat. Factor in value for the money at around $200.00 per pair and they are the clear winner for everything but style. If you are a heavyweight and want a little higher durability factor, pop for CXP33 rims.

You need enough air pressure in your tire to keep it from compressing to the point that the rim pinches the inner tube against the road surface. Heavier riders will need to use a little more air pressure. If you run a slightly wider tire, you will be able to get by with a little less air pressure. Less air pressure is good because gives you a less faring ride and it improves bike handling.

FWIW, I use 110psi rear and 100psi front with 25mm tires on my tandem and don't get pinch flats. My wife and I together weigh over 350 lbs so, unless you really are fat, I suspect that should be enough air pressure for you too.
At 185 lbs I'd say I'm safe at that pressure.

So, for the sake of durability, I shouldn''t go lighter than the Open Pro's? ... or am I then getting into a higher price range?
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Old 01-07-06, 07:53 AM
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higher price range.. bontrager race x lites are known to be strong wheels.. (and expensive comparatively). the mavic open pros, velocity deep v's, and mavic cxp33's have a reputation for being godo standard wheels. i run open pro-chorus and open pro-record and velocity deep v-record and love'm all.

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Originally Posted by EliB
That places sell seperate wheels, it would seem that some opt to buy one wheel at a time. (?) If I am to go that way would I notice a bigger difference in the front or in the rear?
Thanks!
If getting different front and rear wheels:
Put the more aerodynamic wheel in the front. The rear wheel is "hidden" from the wind by the frontal area of the bike so its aerodynamics are less effective.

Put a more durable wheel in the back, since it takes more punishment and is weakened by the fact that it has to be dished (rim is not centered over the hub, leading to different length spokes on each side with different tensions).
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Check out the Korso thread.
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Does anyone have any experience with the Cane Creek Aerohead SGs? Supergo lists them for $229 a pair on sale (regularly $450). I am building a new bike and am looking for a good wheelset that will handle a clydesdale (6'3" 225). I'm looking for a good all around training wheelset. They list the Mavic Open Pros/Ultegra for around the same price - which is a better choice?
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I don't understand people that look for a low spoke count wheel for an every day, commuter, I depend on my bike wheel. If you break a spoke on one of these botique wheels you are down for a while as the spokes aren't standard and your LBS generally doesn't stock them...plus they are expensive.

IMO one most any bike and FOR SURE on a commuter bike you want a wheel with 32 spokes and a standard lacing pattern. That wheel could be a Mavic OP a DT Swiss RR1.1 a Velocity Aerohead or a number of other rims, laced to the hub of your choice (plenty of good ones out there in broad range of prices), with a quality 14/15/14 spoke from like DT Swiss or Wheelsmith. This wheelset will be durable and if you do break a spoke any bike shop will have a replacement and should be able to fix you up in a short amount of time for a reasonable price.

My commuter I run Shimano 105 32 hole hubs laced with DT Swiss 14/15/14 spokes 3x to Salsa Delgado X rims. These wheels aren't light (the rims are TANKS) but they sure as HELL are durable. With an Ultegra hub and a DT Swiss RR1.1 rim (I like the RR1.1 over the Open Pro) you can make a reasonably like set of wheels that will be durable and ride great.

At 215 lbs (end of summer) I run my 700x23s at 110 psi front and 135 psi rear. On my commuter with 700x28s I run 90 psi front and 105 psi rear.
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Originally Posted by actarheel
Does anyone have any experience with the Cane Creek Aerohead SGs? Supergo lists them for $229 a pair on sale (regularly $450). I am building a new bike and am looking for a good wheelset that will handle a clydesdale (6'3" 225). I'm looking for a good all around training wheelset. They list the Mavic Open Pros/Ultegra for around the same price - which is a better choice?
I've had a set of Cane Creek Aerohead's for about 1.5 years and I can highly recommend them. I'm a heavy rider, 220 lbs, and I've never had to touch these wheels, not even a minor truing. They're relatively light and because the nipples are in the hubs, they act lighter than they are. I got mine at about the same price as SG is offering them now and don't regret buying them. If I had some extra bucks to spend, I might even pick up another set.
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