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Is this a smart upgrade?

Old 02-05-09, 05:42 PM
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Is this a smart upgrade?

I currently have the stock bonti selects on my Trek Pilot. I was thinking to upgrade them with:

"700C Mavic Open Pro Black / Shimano Ultegra 8/9/10 speed"

For $239; is this a smart upgrade or am I only achieving a small marginal upgrade. The price is right.

I also was considering these:

"Blackset Race / Ultegra 700C" from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse for $289.

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Good wheels, but marginal upgrade. If it ain't broke, dont replace it.
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Old 02-05-09, 06:47 PM
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Hand built Open Pro/Ultegra wheels will probably be more durable than your stock wheels, but I doubt you will notice any performance difference.
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Originally Posted by tmass View Post
I currently have the stock bonti selects on my Trek Pilot. I was thinking to upgrade them with:

"700C Mavic Open Pro Black / Shimano Ultegra 8/9/10 speed"

For $239; is this a smart upgrade or am I only achieving a small marginal upgrade. The price is right.

I also was considering these:

"Blackset Race / Ultegra 700C" from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse for $289.

Thanks
If your riding a Pilot then up grade to a better bike until then save your money.
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Old 02-05-09, 09:42 PM
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I am;,I'm ordering a Project one bike from Trek but I'm going to take my Trek Pilot down to my condo in FL this spring. I thought I'd do a couple of upgrades before I take it down. The Pilot has been a darn fine bike..its 105/ultegra with the combination carbon and AL and has a smooth ride.

I know your probably going to tell me to "upgrade your condo" to a house in FL.

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depends on how often you have to true your stock wheels. stock wheels usually suck with staying in true
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Old 02-05-09, 09:54 PM
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mine didnt stay true for long.
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Old 02-06-09, 10:27 AM
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it's good to have two sets of wheels. don't think of it as an upgrade. just like you carry a spare tube on a ride you should have spare wheels. it will help your training a lot. you don't want to be the who doesn't ride all week 'cuz his bike was in the shop
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what are the weights of the potential wheels? what are the weights for your current set? I assume by upgrade (since nothing is broken) you are talking about dropping weight / more aero.


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it's good to have two sets of wheels. don't think of it as an upgrade. just like you carry a spare tube on a ride you should have spare wheels. it will help your training a lot. you don't want to be the who doesn't ride all week 'cuz his bike was in the shop
Yes, it is nice to have a backup. But I wouldn't buy an extra set just to have a spare pair sitting around. Better to upgrade to something nicer and keep, rather than sell, the old set.
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A 32 spoke open pro/ultegra wheel is more reliable and about the same weight as a Bonti Select wheelset. It depends a lot on how much you weigh. My Trek came with Bontrager Race Lite wheels and I replaced them with OP/Ultegra after a few weeks. At 185lbs I just didn't feel comfortable doing training miles on the Race Lites. I raced on them for a season and now have sold them to a teammate who is 40lbs lighter than me.

And yes, it is nice to have an extra set of wheels lying around.
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I wouldn't consider the new wheels much of an upgrade - but I think it's smart to have an extra set. It's easier to swap wheels than replace flat tires before a ride, plus if you bust something - spoke/whatever on your regular wheels, you aren't out of commission.
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