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CAAD 10-4 Wheelset upgrade questions.

Old 08-01-11, 02:37 PM
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CAAD 10-4 Wheelset upgrade questions.

I have had my CAAD 10-4 for a couple of months and when I purchased the bike I expected to be making upgrades, first being the wheels. As badly and as soon as I want to make the upgrade I just need some advice on whether they would be worth it or not.

Question is, is it worth upgrading to something in the neighborhood of the Mavic Aksium or wait.

Mavic Aksium-$250

For something in the range of the easton or boyd wheelset.


Easton EA50- $400

Boyd 30mm- $500
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What's wrong with the RS10's?
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I went with Neuvation M28 Aero's for my wheel upgrade (from Fulcrum Race Sevens). They are like a pound lighter and they are selling them for right around $200. I paid $180 plus shipping.

http://www.neuvationcycling.com/product196.html

PS. I'm just north of you in Spring Branch... this heat sure sucks, eh?
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Originally Posted by creativepart View Post
I went with Neuvation M28 Aero's for my wheel upgrade (from Fulcrum Race Sevens). They are like a pound lighter and they are selling them for right around $200. I paid $180 plus shipping.

http://www.neuvationcycling.com/product196.html

PS. I'm just north of you in Spring Branch... this heat sure sucks, eh?
ooooo i like the looks of those. As for the heat...well ive lived here all my life, rather used to it.
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As for the heat...well ive lived here all my life, rather used to it.
I've lived here since 1980 and I'll never get used to it. This Summer is the worst for a long time.

I've been happy with the Neuvations -- there are a lot of threads on them here. For a budget wheelset they are very nice. If you can save 400 grams or more with those over your stock wheels you'd really notice the difference.
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EA90's are on Bonktown for the next 25 mins for $400
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I would go with Boyd Rouleur 30mm or Soul 3.0

Whats wrong with the RS10? nothing except it is a really heavy wheelset. If I remember correctly it sits around 2100 and thats without tires and tubes on.
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You may also want to check out some Soul wheelsets.
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Nothing WRONG with the RS-10, but id just like something a bit lighter and better looking.
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Originally Posted by Runner 1 View Post
What's wrong with the RS10's?
Proprietary spokes. Break one, expect to wait a long time to get the replacements from Shimano.
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I'd go Boyd or Souls. I'm using Aksiums as my commuter wheels right now as they are incredibly durable, but nothing beyond a training wheel. They certainly don't improve the ride. I have Ksyriums too and I'd take handbuilts over either anytime.
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souls look mighty mighty fine, I do believe I'm going to be getting these for next season:

http://bikesoul.com/2009/index.php?o...d=50&Itemid=66

For now I'm enjoying my 2021 grams vuelta rims that are damn near indestructible. now that I say that i'm sure i'll blow them up tomorrow on my morning ride!!!! knockin on some wood asap!

the way i look at it, if I put 8000 miles on the heavy vueltas from here until next year, I will hopefully be nice and strong, then put the souls on and get some improvement on weight and aerodynamics.
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go with the ec90's on bonktown over the neuvations, i have neuvations and i have to retrue them pretty much every week
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I'm still loving my M28 Aero from Neuvation as well (only have the front, but that hub is VERY smooth!). I saw that someone else mentioned the Easton EA90 Aeros that were listed on Bontown earlier. That would also be a good option next time they pop up.
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+1 for the deal on the EA90's. I put EA70's on my CAAD 10-4 that I got from my LBS for $450. I like them a lot. Not quite as light as my Williams 19's that I put on for hill climbs, but most of the time I don't notice the difference. The wheels have taken a fair bit of abuse with no need for truing, and I can say that the brake tracks are holding up better than some other wheels I've owned after ~2500miles so far.

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thanks guys for your input. ive decided on going with the Soul S 3.0 with red hubs and red spokes. will post pics when obtained
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
Nothing WRONG with the RS-10, but id just like something a bit lighter and better looking.
My car is lighter than a set of RS 10's. When I got my Rival CAAD9 last year, I bought a set of Zipp aluminum team issue wheels and gave the RS 10's away to one of our mechanics that commutes by bike, even in winter and wanted a beater wheel set.

Same wheels on my HM Super Six, with a set of Mavic Elites as rainy day and trainer wheels.

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OP...I used to work at B & J Bicycle Shop on Broadway in San Antonio in the early 90's...joined the Army and moved away (now at FT Campbell KY).......recently lived on Abiso in Alamo Heights while stationed at FT Sam Houston/BAMC. Where did you get your C'dale? I know that B & J carried them back in the day but wondering who does now.....

Do they still have the Thursday night ride at the Bike World in Alamo Heights on Broadway???

I'm a native from San Antonio.......not sure that you ever get used to the heat - you just learn to tolerate it.

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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
thanks guys for your input. ive decided on going with the Soul S 3.0 with red hubs and red spokes. will post pics when obtained
I'm setting money aside now for these exact wheels, red hubs and spokes too! I think they'd look sweet on my white CAAD9. Please post pics as soon as you get em in!!!
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OP...I used to work at B & J Bicycle Shop on Broadway in San Antonio in the early 90's...joined the Army and moved away (now at FT Campbell KY).......recently lived on Abiso in Alamo Heights while stationed at FT Sam Houston/BAMC. Where did you get your C'dale? I know that B & J carried them back in the day but wondering who does now.....

Do they still have the Thursday night ride at the Bike World in Alamo Heights on Broadway???

I'm a native from San Antonio.......not sure that you ever get used to the heat - you just learn to tolerate it.

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oohh right on, I live on Rosemary. Yes of course they still have the bike world ride although I have never done it. As for where I got the Cannondale, I got it from a bike shop called Bicycle Heaven, They used to be located way out on the north side but now they are on NW Military right off of 410 in Castle Hills. I actually got my first bike when I was a kid from B & J : )
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You need to do the Thursday night ride.....goes into downtown San Antonio....probably better suited to a MTN bike. Lots of potential curb jumping, riding around Trinity univ. campus and the like although lots of guys do it on road bikes. It can be a pretty fast and crazy ride depending on who shows up.

I'm not familiar with Bicycle Heaven....by any chance does a guy named Joe own it?

It's a drag that B & J is no longer. It was a great shop...too bad the brothers were'nt business men.
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Originally Posted by armybikerider View Post
You need to do the Thursday night ride.....goes into downtown San Antonio....probably better suited to a MTN bike. Lots of potential curb jumping, riding around Trinity univ. campus and the like although lots of guys do it on road bikes. It can be a pretty fast and crazy ride depending on who shows up.

I'm not familiar with Bicycle Heaven....by any chance does a guy named Joe own it?

It's a drag that B & J is no longer. It was a great shop...too bad the brothers were'nt business men.
Guy named Matt owns bicycle heaven
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