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Wheelset on a $500 budget

Old 01-26-09, 11:33 AM
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Wheelset on a $500 budget

Pcad is right...yet again. Neuvations are piles of Turd and i'm sick of mine.

I was thinking of the Soul 4.0's but i really just want a rim that isn't going to give me a headache and i'm not convinced the souls will do that.

I want something stiff i want it to stay true but no overly heavy. I intend on racing this summer...but i'm a cat 5 wana be hackathon.

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after buying a pair of pre-owned Bontrager Race X Lite Aero's for half of what your budget is, i'm convinced.
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Old 01-26-09, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
after buying a pair of pre-owned Bontrager Race X Lite Aero's for half of what your budget is, i'm convinced.
I actually looked at a set of those in a sporting goods store and i was impressed. Light, high tension, and i thought they were kind of sexy...actually.
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I don't own these, but they fit your criteria perfectly and are generally lauded:

http://www.williamscycling.com/sys30x/sys30x.html
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Mavic Aksium.

Meets all your requirements.
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Originally Posted by NeezyDeezy View Post
I don't own these, but they fit your criteria perfectly and are generally lauded:

http://www.williamscycling.com/sys30x/sys30x.html
+1 but I don't own them either. Good reviews though.
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Hmmm, Williams takes the lead
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I've been using these for crits. Fairly light (1635g, per Easton), reasonably inexpensive and they've stayed very true for me. I think they're $500 msrp now, but cheaper than that most places.

They have a higher spoke count (24/28) which is nice for us bulky boys.
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FWIW, i'm hovering just below 180 right now but will likely be down to 165 by mid summer...
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Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
Pcad is right...yet again. Neuvations are piles of Turd and i'm sick of mine.

I was thinking of the Soul 4.0's but i really just want a rim that isn't going to give me a headache and i'm not convinced the souls will do that.

I want something stiff i want it to stay true but no overly heavy. I intend on racing this summer...but i'm a cat 5 wana be hackathon.

Go.
I've used their CF tubulars for two seasons of cross, road, and countless training miles with absolutely no issue. For every bad experience, there is also a good.

However, for the money the Soul 4.0's are nice.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
after buying a pair of pre-owned Bontrager Race X Lite Aero's for half of what your budget is, i'm convinced.
Second that.

Didn't expect much from a reasonably lightweight 16 spoked wheelset but after year of urban abusing I'm also convinced.
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What's wrong with the neuvations?
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Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
Pcad is right...yet again. Neuvations are piles of Turd and i'm sick of mine.

I was thinking of the Soul 4.0's but i really just want a rim that isn't going to give me a headache and i'm not convinced the souls will do that.

I want something stiff i want it to stay true but no overly heavy. I intend on racing this summer...but i'm a cat 5 wana be hackathon.

Go.
Please explain. I like my R28s.
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Old 01-26-09, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by RoboCheme View Post
Please explain. I like my R28s.
They aren't balanced. The weld where the rim is joined is both visible and heavy causing the wheels to wobble up and down when you spin them in your hand. I can also hear it in the rear hub on the road. They stayed true for a while, but this last year was a constant battle.

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I've been happy with Fulcrum Race 3's and Ksyrium Elites. Open Pros have been ok, also. I have nothing bad to say about the other wheels mentioned.
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Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
They aren't balanced. The weld where the rim is joined is both visible and heavy causing the wheels to wobble up and down when you spin them in your hand. I can also hear it in the rear hub on the road. They stayed true for a while, but this last year was a constant battle.
Really? What you've described doesn't sound anything like the M28 Aero2 wheels I received... For the $200 I paid, they're a pretty damn good value in my book! Maybe you should give Neuvation a call and see what they say...
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http://www.spinlitecycling.com/road_wheels.htm
here you go. lots of choices of rims and hubs and spokes. hand built and very durable.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
What's wrong with the neuvations?
Nothing
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My Rol Volants ($379) are great.
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Nothing
I must have too high of standards.

I realize my hypocrisy here. A quick search will yield plenty of evidence. But this last summer was my final straw with them.
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Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
I must have too high of standards.

I realize my hypocrisy here. A quick search will yield plenty of evidence. But this last summer was my final straw with them.
My standards are winning Masters Cat 1 cyclocross races in one of the most competitive cross regions in the world.
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