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Which of these wheelsets? Boyd Vitesse, Shimano RS80 or Velocity A23 build

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Which of these wheelsets? Boyd Vitesse, Shimano RS80 or Velocity A23 build

Old 10-08-11, 08:40 PM
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Which of these wheelsets? Boyd Vitesse, Shimano RS80 or Velocity A23 build

Lookin for good all around and all purpose clinchers, I'm usually around 180lbs and I run 23mm tires.

Which of these would you recommend?

Boyd Vitesse with CX Rays (19mm wide rim, Boyd Hubs and 24/28 spokes or 20/24?)

Shimano RS80 C24 with Shimano spokes (20.4mm wide rim, Shimano ultegra hubs and 16/20 spokes)

Velocity A23 with CX Rays (23mm wide rim, Bitex hubs and 24/28 spokes?), maybe I would do a build from that Psimet guy who gets some pretty good reviews around here

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Old 10-08-11, 08:42 PM
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Well I think any of those would be good, but I would go with the A23s. I've heard good things, I think this new wide rim thing is the way to go.
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Old 10-08-11, 09:46 PM
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I dont have any experience with the others, but I have the boyd vitesse and I like them. they are good for the money and all in all are a great buy. look good, ride good, great customer service. took me a little bit of time to really get used to a lighter wheel and really experience the difference it brought to me over my last set.

I am 175lbs, 5'10" and also run 23mm tires.
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Old 10-08-11, 10:13 PM
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Call Tom at http://www.gvhbikes.com/ and get him to build you some Velocity A23 wheels with the new Velocity Race hubs. He built me some and I absolutely love them. The wider wheel really does make for a nicer ride with the higher volume.
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Old 10-09-11, 03:40 AM
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Love my RS-80s. Don't know much about the others though, so can't compare.

/In before someone tells you to get a build from Psimet instead of any of those.
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RS 80's are one of the best wheelsets I've owned ant any price.
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Originally Posted by and1homer View Post
Love my RS-80s. Don't know much about the others though, so can't compare.

/In before someone tells you to get a build from Psimet instead of any of those.
Nope. OP suggested it himself.
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Old 10-09-11, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Nope. OP suggested it himself.
That'll teach me not to read the post.

/nah, it probably won't.
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Can't comment on anything but the RS80s. All around descent wheel. Quiet smooth bearing and freewheel hub. Wheels rolled well, pretty stiff with the carbon overlay, and the weight of just over 1500gm pretty good. With that said, I sold them and went with 50mm carbon wheels. If I'm going to be lugging around 1500gms of weight, might as well get some aero benefit out of them IMO.
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Thanks for the tip Wkend_Warrior, I'd send you a pm back but I'm under the post count requirement...
Well it looks like everyone thinks all of these are good... much more feedback on the Shimanos though
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A23 rims are very nice. I put a few thousand miles on A23s with Shimano 105 hubs. They were more of a commuting wheelset for me, but I liked them so much I also used them on my nicer bike. They felt great to ride, especially when going down fast descents.

Another nice wide rim is the HED C2.
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Originally Posted by valleycyclist View Post
A23 rims are very nice. I put a few thousand miles on A23s with Shimano 105 hubs. They were more of a commuting wheelset for me, but I liked them so much I also used them on my nicer bike. They felt great to ride, especially when going down fast descents.
Another nice wide rim is the HED C2.
I now have about 2 months on a set of HED C2s. Just got back my Velocity A23s from my wheel builder friend.
I will be dumping err... selling all of my other wheelsets and moving completely to 23 mm rim width wheels (except my WH-R500s - just too good for a cheapie...)
I am totally sold on 23
now the Q is tubeless...?
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Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
now the Q is tubeless...?
You should be able to use Velocity or Stan's tape on the A23 to run them with tubeless tires. Someone at Velocity told me he is using the Velocity VeloTape on A23 rims with tubeless tires without any issues. Due to high air pressure for road tires, you should probable use two layers of tape.
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Originally Posted by agilis View Post
RS 80's are one of the best wheelsets I've owned ant any price.
Agree. There are very few differences between the RS80-C24 and the much-beloved Dura Ace C24. Most (all?) of the weight difference is because of the ti vs steel cassette body.
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If you're considering tubeless and buying wheels right now, I would give a hard look at these:
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/co...heels.622.html
They seem to be that same $1100/$900 price elsewhere also, including Stan's own site. (Notubes.com)


Then I'd probably get the Hutchinson Atom tubeless from ebay. You could use the Fusion instead, though.
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