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Which Reynolds wheelset to keep?

Old 11-18-11, 10:00 AM
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Which Reynolds wheelset to keep?

I just purchased a new bike that comes with the 2011 Reynolds Assault wheelset (46mm - 1272 g) and already own the 2010 Reynolds Strike wheelset (66mm - 1695 g). I will more than likely only keep one of them and sell my old bike with the other set. Has anyone ridden on both wheelsets? I'm trying to justify ditching the Strikes, but I just don't see that much difference other than an improved braking surface on Reynolds 2011 carbon wheelsets. I have a set of Soul 3.0's that I use as my "non-aero" wheels and will be keeping those so I won't be riding on my carbon wheels 100% of the time. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-18-11, 11:05 AM
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Well I guess I would take a couple things into consideration.

First what is your terrain, as I haven't been to the Dallas area. If you are riding in relatively flat or fast rollers then keep the Strikes.
I thought the scrim braking surface of 2010 Reynolds was really good, so I agree that it isn't much of a decision maker. The main difference is the better heat dissipation of new Reynolds, which if you are doing mountain descents is a factor to consider.

The other is looks as we all have levels of bike vanity. If you like your bike better with the Strikes as well, then decision made.
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Are the aforementioned wheelsets tubulars or clinchers?
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Keep the Strikes. Buy a lower height front wheel for windy days.
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
Are the aforementioned wheelsets tubulars or clinchers?
Both are clinchers
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Old 11-18-11, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Well I guess I would take a couple things into consideration.

First what is your terrain, as I haven't been to the Dallas area. If you are riding in relatively flat or fast rollers then keep the Strikes.
The terrain is relatively flat - I think the wind would be more of an issue than climbing/decending
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Since you're probably used to the riding conditions with the Strikes and you have another wheelset (i.e. the Souls) already, keep the Strikes. Although, I am a big fan of the Assaults. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 11-18-11, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by NICK0LI View Post
Both are clinchers
I'm pretty sure your Assault clinchers aren't 1272g.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
I'm pretty sure your Assault clinchers aren't 1272g.
This. The Strikes won't weigh that much more than 2011 Assaults (heavier due to new brake track). If you already have a set of Souls, sell the Assaults for sure. Not to mention they will fetch you more money due to them being new.
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