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Reynolds DV46 vs SDV66

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Reynolds DV46 vs SDV66

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Old 10-29-07, 06:37 PM
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Reynolds DV46 vs SDV66

I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of Reynolds wheels. I was originally planning on getting the SDV66 wheels but I started thinking, Is 66mm too deep for road races and crits? I'm more a sprinter/crit rider than a long distance solo break away guy.

So vote DV46, DV46 UL, SDV66 and any comments/suggestions
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I'd go with the 46's, personally. They are plenty deep. Great wheels.
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Theoretically the 66's should be stiffer because of shorter spokes. Tim at HED is try/has almost got me talked into a Stinger 90 rear/60 front. I'm the same as you, 90% crits. But I do try and go with almost every break.
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I'm not too concerned about stiffness as my Zipp 303 (that i just sold to help pay for these) was plenty stiff. I'm just concerned about being blown around in the pack. I can't afford to buy two sets of wheels so want to choose the best one for my needs.
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The 46's are still versatile enough to use on a windy day. They are very ridable in a strong cross wind.
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I'm not worried about the 46s being bad in wind, i'm ridden wheels in that depth range. its the 66s i'm worried about
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bah, go big or go home.

I guess it depends on your size and comfort. I'm a bigger guy and have never been blown around even with a disc/H3 or Stinger 90 front.
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I can't pontificate out my ass without pictures. No pics, no vote. Know pics, know vote. Yo.
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bah, go big or go home.

I guess it depends on your size and comfort. I'm a bigger guy and have never been blown around even with a disc/H3 or Stinger 90 front.
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i am light (+/- 140 lbs) and i get blown around on any bike ....
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30+ mph crosswinds make things a bit hairy, enough that i get blown a whole lane over and i'm 150lbs.
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I've kinda ruled out the DV46 UL. A lot more money for only 75g savings.
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I'm not worried about the 46s being bad in wind, i'm ridden wheels in that depth range. its the 66s i'm worried about
That's what my comment was indicating, I voted the 46'ers.
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At various weights (140-185) I trained on a trispoke front (H3 now) to get acclimated to its handling in wind. I could do crits at the beach (30-40 mph gusts) without problems. The idea is that you need to use the wheel all the time, not just in races. I bought a clincher front just so I could train on it. With aero wheels you have to steer - and when you learn to hold your line by steering, it's not bad. After that wheel, all the others I've used seem pretty tame (DV46, zipp, mavic). I end up wiggly when I get back on non aero wheels since I steer all the time, not lean.

As an illustration of how comfortable you can get on trispokes, I went on a ride with two friends the day before Hurricane George hit Miami area (we were there for the Coconut Grove race which unfortunately got postponed or canceled). I begged them to go riding as there was a steady 50 mph wind (gusting to 80 or something) and I wanted to see how fast I could go with a 50 mph tailwind. We struggled to go south in our bottom gears (42x21). It was like climbing a 20% grade the whole way, just killer. Then we turned around - just by coasting we were going 15+ mph. Over a bridge I told my friends I was going to go for it - 54x11, spinning as fast as I could, 60 mph for about a mile (3/4 of it flat), passed a car driving on the highway next to the road. Granted I wasn't in a tight pack but I never felt uncomfortable with the trispoke wheels (I had both on).

However, if you want wheels you can ride no matter what the conditions, i'd go DV46. Gusty winds (around here wind maxes out at about 40mph gusts except during hurricanes), rain, it's all good. I have the same set of wheels and they're my favorite by far. They top out quicker/slower than say trispokes but they are so much lighter I use them even on faster flat races.

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I decided to go big and got the SDV66. Its in production now and will ship 2-3rd week in November. Man I love EP. I'll post pics and a review once I get them
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any reviews on the above mentioned wheel?
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