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Worth while upgrade? AC 420 Areo 3 + Red Cassette + Pro 3 for $800

Old 06-05-13, 01:57 PM
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Worth while upgrade? AC 420 Areo 3 + Red Cassette + Pro 3 for $800

I am currently riding a CAAD10 with full 2011 Sram Red, minus a Ultegra Cassette, Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels with Vittoria pro slick tires.

Recently I was offer a set of mint condition (American Classic 420 Aero 3) + (Michelin pro 3 tires) + (Sram Red Cassette) for $800.

This seems to be a great deal!

I am 130-140lbs, and will have to confirm the cassette model with him.
For training and group ride purpose, is it a worth while upgrade for me?
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Old 06-05-13, 02:42 PM
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I doubt you would notice a difference. It's $800... that's quite a bit for a marginal upgrade.
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I sure wouldn't.

What do you hope to get for your $800? I mean, what are you hoping the new gear will do for you? Besides letting everyone know when you shift.
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Old 06-05-13, 04:09 PM
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No they are too narrow, the brake tracks are tiny, and the front is flexy.
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Wheels are worth $4-$500, even in that condition. As said, they're not that great of wheels, flexy and not exceptionally light. For that much $, look at Dura Ace, Hed Ardennes or many other options.
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These wheels came w my Jamis Xenith Elite. Went from Giant TCR Advanced with my training wheels being Velocity A23 customs. These wheels suck i n nasty crosswinds but have been a nice set. Definitely not worth that price. I say no as you can build much better for 1/3 less price. I am building a set of HED23's and then I will have 2 sets of aluminum clinchers to road train on and ride cross with tubless!
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Thank you again for saving me from my self...

I was hoping to save a few grams with the wheels, be a more little aero, and have a new cassette for switching wheels.

Seems this isn't much of an upgrade, but a waste of money?
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You'll drop a decent amount of weight with the switch.

The 420s aren't bad wheels. I think some of the previous comments are overblown. The biggest issue with AC wheels are the hubs. They use very small bearings to keep things light and they wear out fairly quickly. But bearings can be replaced.

The Sram Red cassette is a nice upgrade if it is in decent shape and if it is a combination you can actually use.

And Pro 3 race tires are nice. Again, if they are still in good shape and not worn out.
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Everything has under 200km of usage in it.
How else would you spend $800 on this bike if you were thinking of upgrading?
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Originally Posted by blackbox View Post
Everything has under 200km of usage in it.
How else would you spend $800 on this bike if you were thinking of upgrading?
i'd guess that would depend on what the goals of your riding are? $800 would go a long way toward a power meter of some type. if you don't need power, consider a custom built wheel set, at least you can take those with you should you upgrade your whole bike. if you feel the need to upgrade the whole bike, selling that one plus $800 would go a long way toward a new machine. lots of different ways you can go but ultimately depends on what you want or where you'd like to go with your riding.
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Originally Posted by blackbox View Post
Everything has under 200km of usage in it.
How else would you spend $800 on this bike if you were thinking of upgrading?
If there was something I really wanted, because I knew it would help me in a specific way, I'd get that. But I wouldn't spend $800 on any bike just because the money was burning a hole in my pocket. I guess in that case what I'd do is arrange a vacation to somewhere really nice (Banff, maybe?) and ride the bike through beautiful scenery. It would be a lot more rewarding than having a different part than the one I had before.

Also, "a little more aero" means finishing a 30 mile ride about 15 seconds faster. If you're in a race, there's money on the table, and you're within reach of winning, that might be a good investment. If you're a recreational cyclist (and you're posting in the Fred forum, not the racing forum) it probably isn't worth it. Especially when you consider the crosswind penalty.
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