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What is the best wheel set for under $300?

Old 07-07-08, 05:27 AM
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What is the best wheel set for under $300?

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I am riding an entry level Trek Pilot with the stock Alex 32 spoke rims and elcheapo no name hubs. They have 5960 miles on them and have been good. The hubs are worn and lumpy. I can't adjust them smooth anymore. I took them to the LBS to see if they knew any tricks, but said they are just worn out. I weigh 245 pounds so I don't want a super light wheel, but the cheap ones seem to hold up OK. I read about Velocity deep Vs and I don't understand why people recommend putting so many spokes in them. I thought the bigger X section adds rigidity so you could use fewer spokes. What is the best value out there right now? What do you think about spoke count for my size? Deep Vs or not?

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Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra hubs 32 spoke. Sorry
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Originally Posted by EGreen View Post
Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra hubs 32 spoke. Sorry
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why sorry? You were expecting neuvations???
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Entry-level Easton wheels (Vista or EA50). They'll hold your weight, are very durable, and are easy to true if you manage to put a wobble in them. Semi-aero, if that makes a difference. Not light, but competitive in this price range. 20/24 spokes, 30mm rim.
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Do the Ultegra hubs use Cartridge bearings?

What do you think of Velocity wheels?

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Originally Posted by chevy57 View Post
Do the Ultegra hubs use Cartridge bearings?

What do you think of Velocity wheels?

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Velocity Fusion or Nuvian would be good choices...will also echo the Ultegra OP combo...or Ultrgra/DT RR1.1. Or Ultegra and Velocity Aerohead (essentially the Nuvian).
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I don't know if they still make them but my Reynolds Alta Race have held up pretty well. And if I remember correctly I paid under $300 for them.
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I don't know if they still make them but my Reynolds Alta Race have held up pretty well. And if I remember correctly I paid under $300 for them.

They don't make them, but you can find NOS and used on ebay. New ones sell for about $280 plus shipping, probably a little over $300. They are labeled "Reynolds Alta Race" or "Reynolds Aero Comp" - same wheel: same hubs, same rims, same spokes, same weight. Not the same as "Alta Comp". The "Alta Comp" (without the word Aero) is a lower level, heavier, shallower rimmed wheel that sells for quite a bit less.

There's a used pair available on ebay right now (I've been looking in case my front wheel didn't get fixed - see below).

I have a pair I bought a pair through an ebay seller with warranty (checked with Reynolds on that) this spring and have about 400 miles on. Very happy so far, except I damaged the front by .... running over it with the car. One spoke and skewer replaced, trued up just fine, so I think they're fairly strong

The repair was trivial for the LBS: stock spokes, no problem for them to deal with the internal nipples - they told me it was no big deal at all.
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I picked up a pair of Fulcrum Racing 5 Evolutions off eBay for $250 and have been happy with them. Make sure you get the Evolutions, they are quite a bit lighter than the straight Fulcrum Racing 5s.

The only problem that I ran into is when I did blow a spoke, they did not have any in stock had to order/Bontrager X Lite spokes.
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+1 For the Easton Vistas.
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Originally Posted by chevy57 View Post
Folks,

I am riding an entry level Trek Pilot with the stock Alex 32 spoke rims and elcheapo no name hubs. They have 5960 miles on them and have been good. The hubs are worn and lumpy. I can't adjust them smooth anymore. I took them to the LBS to see if they knew any tricks, but said they are just worn out. I weigh 245 pounds so I don't want a super light wheel, but the cheap ones seem to hold up OK. I read about Velocity deep Vs and I don't understand why people recommend putting so many spokes in them. I thought the bigger X section adds rigidity so you could use fewer spokes. What is the best value out there right now? What do you think about spoke count for my size? Deep Vs or not?

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You need to lay out what you mean by "best." What are your priorities between durability, aerodynamics, and weight?

RE: the Deep-Vs, people recommend more spokes to make a stronger wheel. The rims are strong, yes, but if you reduce the spoke count to low numbers, what have you gained? The cost of a spoke (aerodynamically, price, and weight) is highly exaggerated. I'm winning races on these wheels:

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Originally Posted by EGreen View Post
Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra hubs 32 spoke. Sorry
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None of the boutique wheels in that price range are any better, especially for a heavier rider, and the Open Pros are easier to maintain. For someone weighing 245 pounds, 36 spokes is worth considering. If you don't have a good local wheelbuilder, coloradocyclist.com does a good job.
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once again this makes me sad. My bike shop pawned a Mavic aksium on me. it does not even match my front wheel, an old open sport due for a swap out.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
You need to lay out what you mean by "best." What are your priorities between durability, aerodynamics, and weight?

RE: the Deep-Vs, people recommend more spokes to make a stronger wheel. The rims are strong, yes, but if you reduce the spoke count to low numbers, what have you gained? The cost of a spoke (aerodynamically, price, and weight) is highly exaggerated. I'm winning races on these wheels:

Agreed. There's a lot of options, it helps to keep a direction in mind, but here's one that seems to fit the bill:

http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...&productId=126

Good luck...
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