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Old 12-11-08, 03:14 PM
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Decent Wheelset??

I searched and havent seen a whole lot on these wheelsets on the BF...
Anyone have opinions... good or bad welcome... seems like a decent set for training:

Vuelta Aero Alloy 30mm Profile Clincher
Front Hub: Shimano HBRM40 Q/R alloy
Rear Hub: Shimano FH2200 Q/R Alloy
Cassette Body: Shimano
Spokes: 4.5mm Stainless Black
Spoke Count: Front: 24
Rear: 24
Tires: Michelin Dynamic
Packaging: Vuelta Wheel Wrap
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iirc those things weigh a ton, and I fail to see what is so special about a "2 left, 2 right" lacing pattern.
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I know Vuelta guys. They are nice and have been in this business forever.

Vuelta wheels are pretty straight forward, if you like the spec and the price, you buy them. They do not claim elevated performance or other special properties.

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Shimano hubs are good news, even if they are not that light.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:26 PM
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There is a guy who is a really good single speed crosser who runs those. He is pretty light, but they seem to work for him. I think Neuvation is still having some sales on good wheels.
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I'm not so worried about the weight.....just wanted a decent set of wheels...cant afford a whole lot
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Old 12-13-08, 11:36 AM
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https://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Fu...et/5360017034/
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Old 12-13-08, 11:50 AM
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Joe, I think those wheels are $487 + $40 shipping on PBK. Does wiggle ship to the US free?

edit: and are actually in stock...sometimes a rarity for PBK
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I know Henria86 likes Vueltas; try PMg him. Here's some Carbon Vuelta shots from Interbike (sorry for the quality, but I was in a rush)


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If you just want decent, cheapish wheels, you should try looking for Shimano hubs laced with 32 or 36 spokes to a suitable rim. If you are hard on wheels, a 30mm rim like a Velocity DeepV would work. If easier on wheels, a box rim like a Mavic Open Pro or Ambrosio Excellence would work well. There are few sites that have great deals on Ultegra/Open Pro wheelsets, but don't be afraid to go for Shimano Tiagra or 105 hubs to save a little money.
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Originally Posted by acorn_user View Post
If you just want decent, cheapish wheels, you should try looking for Shimano hubs laced with 32 or 36 spokes to a suitable rim. If you are hard on wheels, a 30mm rim like a Velocity DeepV would work. If easier on wheels, a box rim like a Mavic Open Pro or Ambrosio Excellence would work well. There are few sites that have great deals on Ultegra/Open Pro wheelsets, but don't be afraid to go for Shimano Tiagra or 105 hubs to save a little money.
I'm no expert on wheels but a lot of people (Sheldon Brown included) have commented favorably on Mavic OP/Ultegra or 105 combo. I have had a set for about four months and I just love them. They feel much more solid than the Bontragers that came on my 08 Lemond. (Cost < $300) I think the Vueltas come stock on Motobecanes from Bikesdirect... my riding buddy has one and the wheels have been okay for him... but he's a flyweight at 180 lbs.
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Old 12-13-08, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by acorn_user View Post
If you just want decent, cheapish wheels, you should try looking for Shimano hubs laced with 32 or 36 spokes to a suitable rim. If you are hard on wheels, a 30mm rim like a Velocity DeepV would work. If easier on wheels, a box rim like a Mavic Open Pro or Ambrosio Excellence would work well. There are few sites that have great deals on Ultegra/Open Pro wheelsets, but don't be afraid to go for Shimano Tiagra or 105 hubs to save a little money.
Have 105 hubs, 36 DB spokes laced X2 with Mavic CXP33 rims and they are bombproof. Looked around for a reliable wheel I could afford and these were recommended by my wheel builder. 2 years and around 8K miles later and they have just come back from a retue and retension of the spokes. Builder said they did not need it but he still charged me £16.
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Originally Posted by acorn_user View Post
If you just want decent, cheapish wheels, you should try looking for Shimano hubs laced with 32 or 36 spokes to a suitable rim. If you are hard on wheels, a 30mm rim like a Velocity DeepV would work. If easier on wheels, a box rim like a Mavic Open Pro or Ambrosio Excellence would work well. There are few sites that have great deals on Ultegra/Open Pro wheelsets, but don't be afraid to go for Shimano Tiagra or 105 hubs to save a little money.

I am too new to biking to realize what being hard or rough on rims is
my current rims are "alex dai6"
I dont race....yet...working toward two tri's in 09..
so I am looking to keep my alex rims for my trainer and use these vuelta for actual road riding.
my budget is very limited so being able to make a purchase like this needs to be carefully weighed
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Originally Posted by jasandalb View Post
I am too new to biking to realize what being hard or rough on rims is
my current rims are "alex dai6"
I dont race....yet...working toward two tri's in 09..
so I am looking to keep my alex rims for my trainer and use these vuelta for actual road riding.
my budget is very limited so being able to make a purchase like this needs to be carefully weighed
Try to think how you ride. Are you good at avoiding holes in the road and general road debris? Do you like to ride over curbs? Are you heavy, or do you ride with a heavy load? Riding into things and being heavy put a strain on components. If you don't do these things then you can get away with lighter components or fewer spokes. I tend to be cautious and go for 36 spokes on strong box rims (e.g. Open Pro). Wheels like I recommended, well built, will last you years. Way past your 2nd Tri!
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Originally Posted by acorn_user View Post
Try to think how you ride. Are you good at avoiding holes in the road and general road debris? Do you like to ride over curbs? Are you heavy, or do you ride with a heavy load? Riding into things and being heavy put a strain on components. If you don't do these things then you can get away with lighter components or fewer spokes. I tend to be cautious and go for 36 spokes on strong box rims (e.g. Open Pro). Wheels like I recommended, well built, will last you years. Way past your 2nd Tri!
I avoid debris and holes as much as possible. I weigh 205lbs... I was told by one of the guys at my lbs that rims with fewer spokes are just as sturdy, if not tougher, because the spokes are built to hold more load/stress....
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Solid and affordable wheels

If you want to buy ready-made wheels that are affordable, reasonable in weight and quite sturdy, I'd try Neuvation Wheels. I've got 2 sets of their less expensive wheels (M28 Aero3) on a couple of my road bikes and love them. I would compare them favorably to Easton EA 90SLX wheels that cost much more, are a bit lighter but perform almost identically. I also ride Easton EA 90SLXs. Right now, John Neugent of Neuvation has some sick deals on his discontinued models. Although I don't really need them at this time, I just bought a couple sets for some future build projects.
Another way to go is buy the hubs, spokes and rims and have your local shop build your wheels or do it yourself if you you have the know-how. I agree with much of the advice herein that you can't go wrong with Mavic Open Pro rims and that Shimano Ultegra or 105 hubs work great and are durable and affordable for most budgets.
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Originally Posted by jasandalb View Post
I avoid debris and holes as much as possible. I weigh 205lbs... I was told by one of the guys at my lbs that rims with fewer spokes are just as sturdy, if not tougher, because the spokes are built to hold more load/stress....
Time to start going to a different shop.
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Open sports on Ultegra hubs, with DT Competition spokes. 32 front, 36 rear. You'll have a very good wheelset for life. If financially challenged, or you think you'll ride them in horrible conditions a lot, get Open Sports on Tiagra hubs. Also very good, and less of an expense when the road grot wears the front rim out. The seals on Tiagra hubs are simple and effective- repack them twice a year and there's no reason they shouldn't last ages either. Don't cut corners on the spokes- DT Comp are excellent, and LAST.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
Time to start going to a different shop.
Tell me about it...they are a high end shop...very large overhead so I am sure he was trying to sell me on them to move inventory rather than give me an HONEST opinion.

The shop I normally go to is about 800 sq ft and the two guys who run it are awesome! no flashy neon signs, just a "park tool" sign in the window with and "open/Closed" sign in another window
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK View Post
Joe, I think those wheels are $487 + $40 shipping on PBK. Does wiggle ship to the US free?

edit: and are actually in stock...sometimes a rarity for PBK
Doesn't PBK typically ship free? Either way, I think they are pretty awesome wheels for the price.
Ride on em. Train on em. Race on em, etc.
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Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
Doesn't PBK typically ship free?
On most items, yes. But I think they charge ~$40 for shipping wheels. I'm guessing all the bulkier items are not shipped for free. But I am not 100% on that.
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