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SRAM S30AL Race vs Shimano C24 7900

Old 08-22-11, 10:22 PM
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SRAM S30AL Race vs Shimano C24 7900

With the Wiggle wheels sale, planning to get myself a set of wheels for daily training and club races.

I am 68-70kg, considering between SRAM S30AL Race vs Shimano C24 7900. Not looking for any handbuilt custom wheels (eg. Mavic Pro or Kinlin, i know they are good, but not interested at the moment)

I cant decide between the two because the i like the 7900 hubs on the C24 but the Sram's CX-rays and 30mm semi-tor rims are really very cool as well.

Price: S30AL Race (758.59) vs C24 (727.48)
Weight: S30AL Race (1540g) vs C24 (1395g)

C24: Superior hubs
S30 Race: Superior spokes and rims (?)

Looking for recommendations and experiences. Appreciate your comments.

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Old 08-22-11, 10:26 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtgaY...ature=youtu.be

The Srams hubs bearing is abit technical as well.
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Old 08-22-11, 10:55 PM
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The real question is where are you finding c24's for that price

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Old 08-22-11, 11:01 PM
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We have some pretty crappy roads where I live and sometimes rough, broken pavement is unavoidable at speed. I've hit some frame rattling, cringe-worthy bumps/cracks at 30-40km/h without getting the opportunity to lift out of the saddle and my C24s are still as true as the day I got them. It's quite impressive and I'm ~81kg.
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Originally Posted by mst_coastie View Post
The real question is where are you finding c24's for that price
Wiggle with additional 10% off on all wheels promo ontop of the 24% on the C24, Sram S30al at 30% off.
The Sram race looks like a bargain with additional 10% off 30%, but are they really worth the value/price tag? I know the Shimano C24 is, but not really sure if the S30AL is worth is RRP of ~$1100
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To me, at that price the c24's are almost a no-brainer
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Old 08-23-11, 01:31 AM
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Hasn't ~$700 been the price of the C24's for the past few years on CRC?
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Yeap, but now it cost more than the price on Wiggle atm.

The Sram s30al race seems like a better deal with 10% off its current 30%, compared to c24 10% off its 24%. Is Sram S30al race worth its high RRP in the first place?\

Is Sram wheels not as durable as the DA wheels, or is it just early bad batches that dogged them?

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Old 08-23-11, 05:17 AM
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SRAM owns Zipp and there is quite a bit of spillover to the SRAM wheels. They seem to be a small set down from the Zipp 101.
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Old 08-23-11, 07:33 AM
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Go with the Shimano wheels. The Sram wheels, despite the Zipp connection, have developed a poor reputation very quickly for broken spokes and poor hubs.

A search will provide more examples of the QC issues with the Sram wheels.
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I don't know if you like the looks or the implied aero effects of the deeper Sram rim, but shimano wheels tend to do relatively well in tests despite their low profile.
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The c24 is a better wheelset IMO. I own them and can attest to what Digitalfiend said about their durability. Almost unheard of for a wheelset that weighs 1380 grams and rides this nicely. Shimano knew what they were doing when they designed these wheels. This is a no-brainer.
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So no love for the Sram S30 race? Any users of the s30 race care to share their experience or any reliability issues?

ps: just ordered the c24 btw.
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