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Best 700cc wheelset for $600?

Old 08-27-08, 02:38 PM
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Best 700cc wheelset for $600?

Due to being run into by a car, and having her bike totaled, my wife has $600, give or take, of insurance money to replace her wheels. Since we haven't shopped for wheels in a few years (the wheels totaled in the accident were Ksyriums) I thought I'd ask what the best bang for your buck is in the $600 range right now. We are looking for something that is somewhat light, but also somewhat robust. She is light weight (115lbs), and we dont want to be having to re-true the wheels frequently.

The full replacement budget is actually about $750, but we also need to get a cassette and tires, so I am thinking $600 for the wheels seems reasonable.

So, any suggestions?

(And no need to worry- my wife is doing fine. The accident was back in April, and we are finally getting the final pieces of equipment replaced)
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If not, then here is a brief list of what you should do to get a set of badass wheels:

1. Call or email Fair Wheel Bikes.

2. Ask to have some wheels built using the components in my sig. They'll ask you how much you weigh and what you intend to use the wheels for.

3. Place an order for the wheel build they recommend.

4. ????

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I know I am really interested in these wheel sets, and all the reviews I have read are AMAZING. Check out ROL wheels.

http://www.rolwheels.com/

I really like the Volants and so did a LOT of other people. Oh if only I had the 300 to cough up Good luck and I'm sorry to hear about the accident! Glad she is ok though!
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Originally Posted by bikerboy869 View Post
I know I am really interested in these wheel sets, and all the reviews I have read are AMAZING. Check out ROL wheels.

http://www.rolwheels.com/

I really like the Volants and so did a LOT of other people. Oh if only I had the 300 to cough up Good luck and I'm sorry to hear about the accident! Glad she is ok though!
I have Volants and they are great. I'd get the Race SL wheelset if I had it to do over again.
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Originally Posted by damocles1 View Post
I have Volants and they are great. I'd get the Race SL wheelset if I had it to do over again.
There is not a whole lot of difference I see in looks and not a whole lot in specs... so why go with them if you had to do it again? Just for my knowledge when I get a set
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Best bang for the buck is having some wheels built for you. You can have a really light, strong set built for probably $400 to $500'ish. Banana Tugger's component suggestions are solid, although I prefer a DT Swiss rear hub over the White Industries.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Lots to consider here.

As for the amount, I'd like to get the wheels + tires + tubes + cassette as close to $750 as possible. Since this is a "Replacement" policy, we have to replace the wheels + tires + tubes + cassette, and we are reimbursed for up to $750. Whatever we are short, is lost. Obviously I don't want to get an over priced, lower quality wheel just to reach the full replacement value, but I'd like to get as much for that $750 as I can. Willing to go a little (say $50) over to really get something nice.

The rol wheels look very nice, as does the prospect of building a wheel. Decisions, decisions...
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http://rd.unrealcycles.com/catalog/item338.htm

Here you go.
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Heavy, carbon and tubular.

Exactly what he doesn't need.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
Best bang for the buck is having some wheels built for you. You can have a really light, strong set built for probably $400 to $500'ish. Banana Tugger's component suggestions are solid, although I prefer a DT Swiss rear hub over the White Industries.
A pair of DT 240's would be a better choice for durability concerns, but they are a fair bit heavier than the White Industries H2's.
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Williams System 30s or 19s depending on what you want. Customer service is top notch - and the wheels are great as well.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
A pair of DT 240's would be a better choice for durability concerns, but they are a fair bit heavier than the White Industries H2's.
I'm the dude that destroys wheels remember? I'd also prefer Sapim CS-Ray spokes or maybe Aerolites.
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I'm the dude that destroys wheels remember? I'd also prefer Sapim CS-Ray spokes or maybe Aerolites.
Werd.

Bump that budget up to $650 and hit the DT's with some CX-Ray's. Or go all out and get some Aerolites.
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Originally Posted by bikerboy869 View Post
There is not a whole lot of difference I see in looks and not a whole lot in specs... so why go with them if you had to do it again? Just for my knowledge when I get a set
They are very different. The SL wheels use different rims, hubs and spokes and weigh @ 150grams less. They are also hand-built at ROL in Boulder. The Volants are built in Taiwan.
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I've had a set of DT Swiss 1450s (also called Mon Chasserals if you want them in white) all summer. Can't say enough good things. 1450g, DT240s hubs, RR1.1 rims, $689 for the pair, and that includes a pair of the best wheel bags I've ever seen.

http://www.dtswiss.com/Products/Whee...-1450-(1).aspx
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Originally Posted by Mitro View Post
Williams System 30s or 19s depending on what you want. Customer service is top notch - and the wheels are great as well.
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker View Post
I've had a set of DT Swiss 1450s (also called Mon Chasserals if you want them in white) all summer. Can't say enough good things. 1450g, DT240s hubs, RR1.1 rims, $689 for the pair, and that includes a pair of the best wheel bags I've ever seen.

http://www.dtswiss.com/Products/Whee...-1450-(1).aspx
That is essentially a DT R1.1/DT Revolution/DT 240 wheelset for $800.

Same wheels using the components the RR1450's are made of would cost like, $675 or so.
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http://www.gvhbikes.com/

Ksyrium SL3 for 600...
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http://www.gvhbikes.com/

Ksyrium SL3 for 600...
They still aren't worth it, in spite of the massive price drop.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
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If not, then here is a brief list of what you should do to get a set of badass wheels:

1. Call or email Fair Wheel Bikes.

2. Ask to have some wheels built using the components in my sig. They'll ask you how much you weigh and what you intend to use the wheels for.

3. Place an order for the wheel build they recommend.

4. ????

5. PROFIT!!!!
Their wheels may be priced fairly but the handlebars, forks, cassettes (to name just a few) seem a tad expensive.
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Originally Posted by ezee View Post
Their wheels may be priced fairly but the handlebars, forks, cassettes (to name just a few) seem a tad expensive.
That's because they are better than whatever stuff is on your bike now.

They are boutique components for Weight Weenie rigs.
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I would stick with another set of Ksyiums. You haven't shopped for wheels for a few years, so there must have been something right about them.
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I would stick with another set of Ksyiums. You haven't shopped for wheels for a few years, so there must have been something right about them.
They didn't break. That's the only thing they do right.
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Originally Posted by Mitro View Post
Williams System 30s or 19s depending on what you want. Customer service is top notch - and the wheels are great as well.
+1 in a big way! I just got the 30's and love them. $500!
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If you're going to get ksyriums, you'd be better off buying a parachute and riding with that instead.
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