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Who has bought race wheels mainly for the cosmetic reasons?

Old 06-13-09, 07:01 AM
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Who has bought race wheels mainly for the cosmetic reasons?

Race wheels get freakishly expensive, but they look amazing. They're touted as one of the main speed upgrades you can make to your bike, which may be true, but if you compare time savings from an aero helmet and/or aero skinsuit, you probably get better bang for your buck by passing on the wheels and using going that route first.

Honestly - how many of you have bought deep-dish or other race-wheels mainly for the cosmetic improvement to your bike?
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Most people on bike forum.

But don't forget the bling.
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Way too many!
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I'm in the process of doing so. Just waiting for a good enough deal.

I have decided that if I can score some bling-bling race wheels for the price of a pair of sensible wheels that a slowpoke like myself should be riding, then I'll have done no wrong.
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I bought mine for the bargain. $525 for Reynolds Assaults new.
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Anybody who buys them but doesn't race.
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I don't have race wheels but the Bontrger SSR wheels was one of the main reasons I went with a higher end Trek when I bought my new bike.
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo
I bought mine for the bargain. $525 for Reynolds Assaults new.
Where did you get that? team discount?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
anybody who buys them but doesn't race.
+1,000,000.
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so what are race wheels? i don't want to be one of those who don't race and get them. burning money hurts.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Anybody who buys them but doesn't race.
this

Originally Posted by agarose2000
but if you compare time savings from an aero helmet and/or aero skinsuit, you probably get better bang for your buck by passing on the wheels and using going that route first.
Skinsuits are common in crits. I've also seen some aero helmets but they much less common for mass start races, and I've never seen the ones with "tails".
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Originally Posted by derailer
I'm in the process of doing so. Just waiting for a good enough deal.

I have decided that if I can score some bling-bling race wheels for the price of a pair of sensible wheels that a slowpoke like myself should be riding, then I'll have done no wrong.
They aren't "race wheels" if don't race them. They are just deep/light/carbon/whatever wheels.
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Originally Posted by agarose2000
Honestly - how many of you have bought deep-dish or other race-wheels mainly for the cosmetic improvement to your bike?
I'll be the first to admit it openly Not only have I done it, but I am seriously contemplating buying a set of LightWeight Gen III. Seriously

The better question should be: SO WHAT? My bike, my wheels, my money, my choice
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You don't have to race to enjoy going fast. There are some very fast riders that don't race for various reasons. But yes, the bling factor is strong in wheel buying. Wheels won't make a slow rider fast but they make you look fast. I look fast but I'm just half (f)ast.
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Originally Posted by mrardo
You don't have to race to enjoy going fast. There are some very fast riders that don't race for various reasons. But yes, the bling factor is strong in wheel buying.
That is the same for just about everything in cycling. I would venture to say 99% of the bikes, components, clothing, and gear in general owned by 99% of the cyclist in general are for aesthetic reasons and not based solely on performance. Anyone that tells you otherwise is either clueless or lying to him/herself.
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Originally Posted by coasting
burning money hurts.
Then quit cycling
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Then quit cycling
i'm trying, but weekends are so boring without feeding the habit.
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Originally Posted by coasting
i'm trying, but weekends are so boring without feeding the habit.
I try reminding my wife that I could take up drugs or gambling instead.
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Originally Posted by agarose2000
Race wheels get freakishly expensive, but they look amazing. They're touted as one of the main speed upgrades you can make to your bike, which may be true, but if you compare time savings from an aero helmet and/or aero skinsuit, you probably get better bang for your buck by passing on the wheels and using going that route first.

Honestly - how many of you have bought deep-dish or other race-wheels mainly for the cosmetic improvement to your bike?
That 'study' was flawed.
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I purchased the HED 3 carbon wheelset about a month ago and these are very fast wheels! Also, they look really good on my bike They do ride a bit different than regular spoke wheels for they are not perfectly true. I did get used to them and they have increased my average speed quite a bit. And know, I don't race, but I do like to go fast
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
That is the same for just about everything in cycling. I would venture to say 99% of the bikes, components, clothing, and gear in general owned by 99% of the cyclist in general are for aesthetic reasons and not based solely on performance. Anyone that tells you otherwise is either clueless or lying to him/herself.
I don't know that I'd go that far, but I think just about anyone who tries to claim aesthetics aren't a factor in any purchase of something fun (bikes, cars, skis, etc.) is lying. As far as I'm concerned, if I'm going to spend a lot of money on something, I want it to do what I want and look cool. It doesn't hurt that in most cases of form following function, the resulting form looks good.
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Of course asthetics are a factor in most purchases for anything. The question is usually only how much of a factor. Racers don't get race wheels to make their bike look cool, they get them for performance benefits, real or perceived. Non-racers may get deep wheels to look like racers. They may also get them for the same real or perceived performance reasons. But I still say they aren't "race wheels" unless they are raced.
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Originally Posted by agarose2000
Race wheels get freakishly expensive, but they look amazing. They're touted as one of the main speed upgrades you can make to your bike, which may be true, but if you compare time savings from an aero helmet and/or aero skinsuit, you probably get better bang for your buck by passing on the wheels and using going that route first.

Honestly - how many of you have bought deep-dish or other race-wheels mainly for the cosmetic improvement to your bike?
Does not mean what you think it means.
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I don't race and don't use them on long-distance (trust trad wheels more) but I do enjoy them for training.
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Originally Posted by umd
Skinsuits are common in crits. I've also seen some aero helmets but they much less common for mass start races, and I've never seen the ones with "tails".
Aero helmets in crits? Seriously?
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