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Aero/TT wheelsets on a budget?

Old 12-06-06, 09:07 AM
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Aero/TT wheelsets on a budget?

I'm building up a TT bike and wanted to pose the question of affordable aero wheelsets for it. The Force Point wheels from Zipp at $1K look great, but that would be the extreme end of the budget range, I think. Any other non-carbon deep-section aero rims that offer a significant aero advantage I should consider, like the aero-rimmed Neuvations? Do you really need to go to 50 mm or even 60 mm aero rims to see a significant time savings?

Or does it make the most sense to go with a fully aero wheel w/o conventional spokes from HED, etc?

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Consider the AC420s, they're an alum/magnesium rim I believe, and they're somewhere around 35-36mm rim depth - they can be had for <$500 on ebay or RBR.

MG Niobium 30s give a 30mm deep aluminum rim section, and everyone raves about his wheels - however, I'm not sure a 30mm deep rim (or even a 35mm) will offer any appreciable time savings.
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The AC 420's are 37mm. I watched ebay forever trying to get a great deal on the 420's but opted a couple of months back to jump on the deal for the Reynolds Alta Aero (31mm) for $229. Of course I would like something closer to 50mm like the Hed Alps but for the price, I just couldn't pass up the Reynolds.

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Renn disc for the rear. Ebay, between $300.00 to $375.00.
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Get a used hed 3 for the front and a wheel cover for the rear. 300-400 tops for the hed and 60 for the cover. About the fastest setup you can get.
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Originally Posted by jamiewilson3
Get a used hed 3 for the front and a wheel cover for the rear. 300-400 tops for the hed and 60 for the cover. About the fastest setup you can get.
This man knows his aero setups on a budget.

Or, Renn disc with used HED jet front. You could find that setup used for probably $600
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Blah! I hate wheel covers. Maybe they have improved them over the last 15 years but they were hard to size, heavy, and didn't always stay on. I never time trialed with one because I didn't want to risk it falling off mid race.

Campagnolo makes some decent front wheels. Shamal, Zonda, Vento, etc. They fairly deep rim section and low spoke count is pretty aero. For the rear, I would try to find enough cash to get a good disk or Hed 3.
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Renn disc and a HED3 front can be had for under $1000. This will be about as fast as it gets, and way faster than the Force points.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Blah! I hate wheel covers. Maybe they have improved them over the last 15 years but they were hard to size, heavy, and didn't always stay on. I never time trialed with one because I didn't want to risk it falling off mid race.

Campagnolo makes some decent front wheels. Shamal, Zonda, Vento, etc. They fairly deep rim section and low spoke count is pretty aero. For the rear, I would try to find enough cash to get a good disk or Hed 3.
I have a pair of 650c Hed 3 that I personally use on TT/tri bike. Got them for 525 shipped off of ebay with 3 brand new conti GP tubulars included. They are very fast.

I dont have a disc cover personally, but many use them without incident. I have heard that their reliability and ease of use is somewhat dependent on rim and hub (especially) they are used with. Having never run one myself, I will not say definitively that the above is true, but I know several people who run them with OP rim w/ Ultegra/DA hubs without any problems for years.
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Rolf Vigor RS, about $750?
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Originally Posted by jamiewilson3
I have a pair of 650c Hed 3 that I personally use on TT/tri bike. Got them for 525 shipped off of ebay with 3 brand new conti GP tubulars included. They are very fast.
Yeah, that's what I had as my time trial and pursuit wheels at the end of my racing career (700c though)

I dont have a disc cover personally, but many use them without incident. I have heard that their reliability and ease of use is somewhat dependent on rim and hub (especially) they are used with. Having never run one myself, I will not say definitively that the above is true, but I know several people who run them with OP rim w/ Ultegra/DA hubs without any problems for years.
Might have been user error, but I could never seem to get them to work with my Sun Mistral Trapezoid or my Mavic Open 4 CD (yeah, it was that long ago)

I do know some people who made a disc wheel by heating mylar (model airplane covering) over the spokes and rims. This was on track bikes, though, so I don't know how you could get around the brake on a roadie.
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