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The never ending Aluminum Clincher question, rank them from 1-5 (C24, Zero, 101+More)

Old 05-28-13, 11:07 AM
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The never ending Aluminum Clincher question, rank them from 1-5 (C24, Zero, 101+More)

YES, this is another one of those never ending Aluminum Clincher questions.
But hey, who doesn't like to talk about wheels right.

I am between 130-140lbs, doing a mix of 40% Hills, 60% Flats.
Riding 3 times a week, with a group ride on Sundays with a distance of 30-50kms.
Looking to be able to complete a century ride by the end of the season.

This will be my main wheel set that I will be using for training, not planning to do any racing this season. Currently wheel set is the Fulcrum Racing 5 @ 1760G

Which wheel set would best suit my needs, budget is around $1k plus or minus?
Some options I have been researching are below.


1) Zipp 101 @ 1540g/$1000 (Ebay)
2) Fulcrum Racing Zero (Dark Label is so sexy) @ 1430g/$930 (Merlin cycle)
3) Shimano DA9000 C24 @ 1395g/$750 (Wiggle)
4) AC 420 Areo 3 @ 1530g/$7-800 (used from a friend)
5) Custom XXXg/$XXX (Any good builder to recommend in Toronto)


What do you guys think, and how would you rank them from 1-5 based on my needs?
With 1 being the most suitable/best choice, Your responds are much appreciated.
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Old 05-28-13, 11:09 AM
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What's wrong with the current wheels ?
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Old 05-28-13, 11:18 AM
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C24 as a great all around wheels
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Psimet or Boyd.
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Old 05-28-13, 11:27 AM
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There are probably three people in the world, maybe only two, who have actual experience with even three of the choices you mention, and nobody's ridden all five far enough to form opinions. Just buy a set of something decent and go ride.
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Of those, I'd take the 101s - wide rim bed + aero. Really though, November FSW23, Boyd Vitesse, Zen Cyclery Katmandu, or anything else with the HED Belgium or Kinlin XC279 laced to whatever hubs you prefer. The 101s are too expensive for what they are, IMO, compared to what else can be acquired more cheaply. Especially if you're not racing.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Of those, I'd take the 101s - wide rim bed + aero. Really though, November FSW23, Boyd Vitesse, Zen Cyclery Katmandu, or anything else with the HED Belgium or Kinlin XC279 laced to whatever hubs you prefer. The 101s are too expensive for what they are, IMO, compared to what else can be acquired more cheaply. Especially if you're not racing.
truth, this post has it.
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Originally Posted by blackbox View Post
YES, this is another one of those never ending Aluminum Clincher questions.
But hey, who doesn't like to talk about wheels right.

I am between 130-140lbs, doing a mix of 40% Hills, 60% Flats.
Riding 3 times a week, with a group ride on Sundays with a distance of 30-50kms.
Looking to be able to complete a century ride by the end of the season.

This will be my main wheel set that I will be using for training, not planning to do any racing this season. Currently wheel set is the Fulcrum Racing 5 @ 1760G

Which wheel set would best suit my needs, budget is around $1k plus or minus?
Based on your 'needs' your current wheelset is best. As far as your 'wants', pick the ones you think look the best. There is no objective measure that would allow anyone to rank the wheels you've listed as all of them, including your current wheels, are sufficient for your needs.
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Old 05-28-13, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Based on your 'needs' your current wheelset is best. As far as your 'wants', pick the ones you think look the best. There is no objective measure that would allow anyone to rank the wheels you've listed as all of them, including your current wheels, are sufficient for your needs.
truth, this post has it.
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Old 05-28-13, 01:20 PM
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Saving 200-300g won't make you faster, maybe a tiny little bit.
But if you want new wheels I can recommend Boyd. I had a set of 56mm clinchers for over a year now and they're great.
Also you might try Novofit. They make the wheels in Kitchener.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Of those, I'd take the 101s - wide rim bed + aero. Really though, November FSW23, Boyd Vitesse, Zen Cyclery Katmandu, or anything else with the HED Belgium or Kinlin XC279 laced to whatever hubs you prefer. The 101s are too expensive for what they are, IMO, compared to what else can be acquired more cheaply. Especially if you're not racing.
Yep. Of these complete wheels, Zipp also spends a lot doing actual aero testing and and refinement. The others can't afford that and build wheels from components. So you get what you pay for.

I think Boyd wheels also use wider rims now as well.
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Just from the first 4 and not any others, I think the DA would be the best all around. But like others have said, there are many other companies like Boyd, especially with the vitesse, that offer other options. Also, you need to bring up your mileage to complete a century. Wheels alone won't help you go from 30 miles to 100 miles in one ride. They might help a bit with comfort though, but nothing night and day.
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DA. Cheaper, lighter, strong, very good hubs.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Based on your 'needs' your current wheelset is best. As far as your 'wants', pick the ones you think look the best. There is no objective measure that would allow anyone to rank the wheels you've listed as all of them, including your current wheels, are sufficient for your needs.
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Why...oh, why....ask this question?
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I had Alzan at Pedal Performance in Woodbridge build me up a couple sets of wheels years ago. The wheels have held very well on the rough roads up here and many KM.
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Thank you for all the responds.

I understand that the upgrade would not change the rider, but is more of a want, and a better feel item, and it is. Even at that, I would like to purchase a good product from a stupid decision.

Based on looks, I love the way the Zero dark labels look but it is always nice to hear different opinions.
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Thank you for all the responds.

I understand that the upgrade would not change the rider, but is more of a want, and a better feel item, and it is. Even at that, I would like to purchase a good product from a stupid decision.

Based on looks, I love the way the Zero dark labels look but it is always nice to hear different opinions.
If the Fulcrums excite you the most... get the Fulcrums. Seriously.
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If the Fulcrums excite you the most... get the Fulcrums. Seriously.
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I've beaten the crap out of my C24s for several thousand miles and they still run dead true, the hubs spin very smoothly and the cassette is basically silent. They also still look new, the finish on the DA hubs is beautiful. Great wheelset, rock solid stuff.
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Fulcrum racing zero 2 way fit. Only one I have experience with, and I LOVE them. Gotta be 2 way fit though.
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Psimet or Boyd.
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I would add Hed Ardennes to your list.

Also, you can get a really sweet and lighter wheelset from a custom builder for less than $1,000. Ron Ruff at White Mountain Wheels does great work.
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I can't comment on the functional differences between the wheels you're interested in.
But from my perspective, I think the c-24s look really cool.
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