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Old 03-28-07, 04:47 AM
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Help picking new wheels

I'm lost in the sea of wheels. I have been looking at a new wheel set all winter and need help in what I need. I've been riding for a year, have a Trek 1000 with the stock alex rims and conti 4000 tires. My type of riding is club rides, time trail once a week. Also entered in 3-4 triathlons and plan on doing some local bike races. Just looking for a upgrade. Thanks.
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Old 03-28-07, 04:53 AM
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How much money are you thinking of spending?
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Old 03-28-07, 04:56 AM
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$500 range
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Originally Posted by TCATBYU
I'm lost in the sea of wheels. I have been looking at a new wheel set all winter and need help in what I need. I've been riding for a year, have a Trek 1000 with the stock alex rims and conti 4000 tires. My type of riding is club rides, time trail once a week. Also entered in 3-4 triathlons and plan on doing some local bike races. Just looking for a upgrade. Thanks.
I'm not a huge wheel authority but it basically it goes like this.
Decide what your budget is.
Decide what you don't like about your current wheelset.
Decide what application would the new wheelset be used for.
Narrow down to three candidates. Ask around.
If you can't decide which one to choose - look for the one that looks sexiest.

What you should know is that deep profile(Zipp 404) is better for keeping higher speeds(aerodynamics) and box type rims(DT 1450) are better for climbing(rotating mass). First type is better for triathlons, generally.

First tell us what your budget is, because if your budget is too low, it won't be worth it to get new wheels, as you will hardly feel any difference in performance.
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Old 03-28-07, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by FidelCastrovich
I'm not a huge wheel authority but it basically it goes like this.
Decide what your budget is.
Decide what you don't like about your current wheelset.
Decide what application would the new wheelset be used for.
Narrow down to three candidates. Ask around.
If you can't decide which one to choose - look for the one that looks sexiest.

What you should know is that deep profile(Zipp 404) is better for keeping higher speeds(aerodynamics) and box type rims(DT 1450) are better for climbing(rotating mass). First type is better for triathlons, generally.

First tell us what your budget is, because if your budget is too low, it won't be worth it to get new wheels, as you will hardly feel any difference in performance.
I'm willing to spend more money also. The one problem I'm having is considering to just keep my wheelset now for training and get a more aero set for the tri and time trails or just opt for a all around wheelset.
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Old 03-28-07, 05:14 AM
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If you are happy with your current wheelset for training, group rides, etc, then you may want to consider getting a used Hed 3 front and a disc cover for the rear. A used H3 front can be had for $400, and a wheel cover will run $60 - $80. This is about as aero as you can get and within budget. This would be a race setup that you would only use a few times a year, but from your stated intentions, sounds like an option.

For a all around usable set, Spinergy Stealths used off of ebay, go for around $450 - $500. They are a 50mm ish rim with aluminum breaking surface clinchers that are reasonably light (1800g).
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Originally Posted by FidelCastrovich
What you should know is that deep profile(Zipp 404) is better for keeping higher speeds(aerodynamics) and box type rims(DT 1450) are better for climbing(rotating mass). First type is better for triathlons, generally.
Of course if he had a pair of lightweight wheels, he'll get deep profile, insanely light, and the stiffest wheel out there.
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Have no experience with them but I saw a bunch of Real Design SuperShere Wheels in the $250 to $350 range on ebay. The are light (1430 gr).

I see some Lightspeed models come with them.

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I think I'm going to stick with the all around wheel. I've been looking at MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITEs. Any thoughts on these as a upgrade to what I have? Any other wheels comparable to the Elites that I should consider.
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They will be an upgrade, but not by much, IMO. If you are looking at Ksyriums, get some 30mm Nb wheels from Mike Garcia. Same pricepoint, lighter, more aero. I have some DT Swiss wheels he built up for me and they are awesome. 3000 miles so far and 1 minor truing.
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Originally Posted by TCATBYU
I think I'm going to stick with the all around wheel. I've been looking at MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITEs. Any thoughts on these as a upgrade to what I have? Any other wheels comparable to the Elites that I should consider.
They'll be a little lighter, a little stronger, but they won't change how you fast you TT.

If the goal is to be faster in your TT's and your Tri's, I'd echo the HED 3 advice, and pair that with a HED rear disc, or a Renn disc when you can afford it.
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