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7900 C24 CL or Reynolds Solitude

Old 08-15-11, 01:25 PM
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7900 C24 CL or Reynolds Solitude

Both wheelset are on offer now, but with the Reynolds Solitude costing $300 cheaper than the C24 CL. Was wondering which should i go for.

Solitude seems more aero with higher rim depth, but Shimano also has lower spoke counts.
Hubs wise Shimano hubs is better i guess.
Weightwise, both are pretty much the same with shimano being a bit lighter.

Looking for a fast training wheels, able to withstand daily rides. I am leaning towards the 7900 C24 due to the superior hubs, but the Reynolds seem like a complete package.

Incredibly hard to make up my mind.
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Old 08-15-11, 02:00 PM
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The C24 CL is quite simply a magical set of wheels. As for aerodynamics, The C24 is among the more aero wheels out there, ESPECIALLY at its profile depth. I'm not sure if you've seen this, but note the very good score for the C24 in this test. https://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-15505311.html

As for durability, Shimano doesn't set a weight limit and I have to agree. They have been VERY durable for me. I'd say the majority of the C24's aero benefit is likely from the low spoke count and the aero spokes, but it has amazing ride quality, great durability, rolls very smooth, and is proven to be quite aerodynamic.
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I have the Ultegra versions of these wheels, ride great, and under $600 for the pair....same rims and spokes, slightly different hubs....but the decals on the DuraAce versions rims are highly upgraded from the Ultegra
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Originally Posted by merlin55 View Post
I have the Ultegra versions of these wheels, ride great, and under $600 for the pair....same rims and spokes, slightly different hubs....but the decals on the DuraAce versions rims are highly upgraded from the Ultegra
Merlin, are you referring to the RS-80 C24 wheels? Yeah - I've seen those on certain sites for under $600 which is a steal for those wheels. All the extra weight is in the hub where it matters the least, mostly from the steel freehub body.
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Old 08-15-11, 05:49 PM
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I have the DA c24 clinchers on my Look 595. Whoever said "magical" got it right. These wheels are incredible and highly underrated.
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Originally Posted by nhluhr View Post
The C24 CL is quite simply a magical set of wheels. As for aerodynamics, The C24 is among the more aero wheels out there, ESPECIALLY at its profile depth. I'm not sure if you've seen this, but note the very good score for the C24 in this test. https://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-15505311.html
I think the C24 CL and C24 TU are different rims...?
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Old 08-15-11, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by GoSharks View Post
I think the C24 CL and C24 TU are different rims...?
CL = Clincher, TU = Tubular

*edit* I think Shimano only offers the 7900 c24 in either clincher or "TL" (Tubeless) ie not tubular.
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Originally Posted by nhluhr View Post
Merlin, are you referring to the RS-80 C24 wheels? Yeah - I've seen those on certain sites for under $600 which is a steal for those wheels. All the extra weight is in the hub where it matters the least, mostly from the steel freehub body.
I have these wheels myself and have been quite pleased with them. I paid just over $500 for them, I didn't think spending more than twice the amount to save maybe 130 gms was worth the extra money.
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+1 for the magical 7900 C24 CL's. I can't say enough good things about them.

I was a bit surprised to read the good aero score, though, because if there is one thing I would not have said is that they are especially aero. I have a set of Fulcrum 3's that I go down hills faster on. But in every other way, the CL24's are incredible bang for the buck.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
CL = Clincher, TU = Tubular

*edit* I think Shimano only offers the 7900 c24 in either clincher or "TL" (Tubeless) ie not tubular.
the clincher version is actually the tubeless version but can be converted to a standard clincher by removing the valve, it is also offered as a tubular
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Originally Posted by nhluhr View Post
Merlin, are you referring to the RS-80 C24 wheels? Yeah - I've seen those on certain sites for under $600 which is a steal for those wheels. All the extra weight is in the hub where it matters the least, mostly from the steel freehub body.
Yes indeed, I bought them a couple of years ago from PBK. I'm 170 pounds and use the wheels for long "event rides" and the wheels have never needed to be trued...plus they have aluminum side walls, so braking is great and no special brake pads are needed. They have adjustable ball and cone bearings...so they can be adjusted and overhauled easily.
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Originally Posted by zitter View Post
the clincher version is actually the tubeless version but can be converted to a standard clincher by removing the valve, it is also offered as a tubular
I don't think this is the case. Mine are clincher only.

Clincher:

https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...-.wh_road.html

Tubeless:

https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...-.wh_road.html

The C35 and C50 are offered in a tubular, but not the C24 that we are talking about.
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i must have mistaken them for the 7850's which do come in a tubular version, the 7900's must just be tubeless/clincher. i have just seen in the shop that the dura ace c24 wheels we have come as tubeless but can be converted to clincher, they must have changed it for the newer model

https://www.racycles.com/product.aspx...7,856&pid=4007
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Old 08-15-11, 10:38 PM
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The current 7900 c24 tubeless can still be converted to clincher just like the 7850's you are talking about. The clincher only version is lighter though. I prefer the clincher only version as I still don't think tubeless has a place in the cycling world (although some will still disagree).
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I don't believe the Solitudes have a good reputation, specifically I think I remember reading about weak rims. I'd consider Shimano RS80s if you can get them significantly cheaper than the 7900 C24. Very similar wheel, only a bit heavier.
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Old 08-17-11, 03:37 PM
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I have a set of 7850s in tubeless version. I've always used a tube in them. Wish I could find another set, new and unused.
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Ive ridden my solitudes for the past 3000 miles with no issues. I weigh 230 pounds for what its worth. Love em, wouldnt trade em fr anything
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