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Best Carbon Tubular Wheelset?

Old 02-04-09, 07:02 PM
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Best Carbon Tubular Wheelset?

I'm thinking of purchasing a carbon tubular wheelset for racing on. I used to own a pair of zipp 303's and liked them, but I want to try something else. I've been looking at the Easton EC90 Aeros and Neuvation C38's, but I'm open for suggestions. So.....Are there any suggestions?
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Lightweight Gen III Standards..... Reynolds DV46T UL. Just be ready to cough up some $$$$
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I have some Eastons and some Zipps. I like the Zipps better. Actually, I've never ridden wheels that I liked better than the Zipps. But I've never ridden LW Gen III's.
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Aren't zipps generally considered better than eastons. I'm thinking maybe doing some easton EC90 aeros for road and crit racing this summer if this season goes well.
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Best for what? Climbing, flats, rollers......best for what?
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Reynolds DV 46's have shown up on chainlove a couple of times in the last week.. keep an eye out for them.
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I love my DVs, I got them as a compromise between lightweigh and aero. I wanted one set of race wheels that were both deeper and lighter than anything else I had. I think it's a good medium depth to go with if you can only have one set. If I could have multiple sets of race wheels I'd go for one that was super light and one that was super deep (e.g. SDV or something like a HED Stinger 90)

btw, you would get better responses to these kinds of questions in the racing forum. The responses in here wil be... stupid.

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Reynolds DV's FTW.
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Would you guys say EC90 Aeros would be too deep for road racing and crits, better to go with EC90 SLXs or something?
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Would you guys say EC90 Aeros would be too deep for road racing and crits, better to go with EC90 SLXs or something?
You really need to attend more bike races.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Would you guys say EC90 Aeros would be too deep for road racing and crits, better to go with EC90 SLXs or something?
The EC90 Aero is 56mm, nearly same as Zipp 404. Actually the older model, the Tempest II used to use Zipp rims. There is no point to use a shallow lightweight rim like the SLX unless it is an extreme climbing race.

Oh yeah, and one of my teammates was using Jet 90s at the RR and crit last weekend:

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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
You really need to attend more bike races.
Hey man it's a fair question, I know I see them at a lot of races but what would be preferable as an overall racing wheel for someone doing crits and road races EC90 Aeros or say EC90 SLX.
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Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
Reynolds DV 46's have shown up on chainlove a couple of times in the last week.. keep an eye out for them.
I thought the Chainlove deals on DV 46s were gone. Do items purchased on Chainlove generally get regular warranty coverage from the manufacturers, Reynolds in this case? I imagine they do.

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Originally Posted by umd View Post
The EC90 Aero is 56mm, nearly same as Zipp 404. Actually the older model, the Tempest II used to use Zipp rims. There is no point to use a shallow lightweight rim like the SLX unless it is an extreme climbing race.

Oh yeah, and one of my teammates was using Jet 90s at the RR and crit last weekend:

Which reminds me that I really should concern myself with NOT GETTING PWN'D over wheel choice lol.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Which reminds me that I really should concern myself with NOT GETTING PWN'D over wheel choice lol.
btw, the guy in front in that pic won your race on Saturday
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
btw, the guy in front in that pic won your race on Saturday
Yah, I wouldn't have any idea about what went on in the peloton of that race
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Buy Edge 1.0 rims (at various depths) with some DT240 hubs and some DT aerolite spokes and you'll have one of the best racing wheel sets money can buy.

If you want bling just buy Lightweights and be done with it.
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I've owned 3 set of carbon tubulars: 303's, 404's and now EC90's. Vittoria tires all around. I can't really tell if one wheel set has much advantage over the other, but the EC90 price is much more reasonable (2008's) than Zipp. The EC90's also have an external bearing preload adjuster on both the front and rear hubs which makes it really easy to set proper tension.

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"Best?" If you have money to burn, then it's Lightweights. Otherwise, I'd get Ligeros. They use Edge rims and their own hubs based on the excellent White Ind hubs but modified to be lighter, have wider flanges for better lateral stiffness, and for 2:1 spoking on the rear. http://www.ligerowheels.com/wheels/wheels.html
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Get the new gen tall and light wheels. I think you ought to be able to stay under 1400 grams and get a rim that's 60-70 mm tall. 50mm or shorter I think you end up with a slightly slower wheel. At least that's what I think, with my DV46s. Light, jumps well, tops out lower than "fast" wheels. I want the DV66s (dream) or similar. I am making do with an old Zipp 440 front wheel, and I may be using TriSpokes until someone tells me I can't use them.

Get a low profile front wheel with the same braking material for those windy days or gusty, fast descents. Or be ready to swap front pads and wheel and use a light box or non-aero wheel for those days.

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