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Is 81mm just too deep for me?

Old 05-25-14, 08:37 PM
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Is 81mm just too deep for me?

I think I know the answer to the question before I even ask but I have been looking for some new wheels for my 2013 Caad10 Black Inc with a budget hovering around $1,000 I have found quite a few sets in the $1200-$1400 range like Boyd, Williams, November, etc... that make upgrading my Ultegra's worth while but today I came across a set of 2013 Reynolds Storm 81mm deep clinchers for $1,100 delivered (set). I know they are a nice build and will look killer on my bike but is it too much? They claim to be made for flat land and speed so being down here in Central Florida helps my case some plus the one area I'm working on improving is my cruising speed which right now is hovering around 20mph avg. I'll probably need to decide soon as the sale may end this weekend? Thanks!
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they sound perfect for your terrain, but may be a burden when you come across gusty cross winds.
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i would pass on those.
40ish is the sweet spot.
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Do you plan on doing time trials or tri-events? If not, I'd say too deep for road riding, especially if you're lighter than avg.
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After digging through some posts of others looking to buy some too deep wheels I'm leaning more towards passing on this deal? They might look good and be fast but they're still the narrow 14.75mm inside /20mm outside rim and about 200 grams heavier than my current set. If anyone has use for them they're over at Nashbar $1,199+ another 10%off through the weekend.

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Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
I think I know the answer to the question before I even ask but I have been looking for some new wheels for my 2013 Caad10 Black Inc with a budget hovering around $1,000 I have found quite a few sets in the $1200-$1400 range like Boyd, Williams, November, etc... that make upgrading my Ultegra's worth while but today I came across a set of 2013 Reynolds Storm 81mm deep clinchers for $1,100 delivered (set). I know they are a nice build and will look killer on my bike but is it too much? They claim to be made for flat land and speed so being down here in Central Florida helps my case some plus the one area I'm working on improving is my cruising speed which right now is hovering around 20mph avg. I'll probably need to decide soon as the sale may end this weekend? Thanks!
You need to realize that even under ideal conditions at high speeds there will probably be less than 2/10 mph between the best aero wheel and a 32 spoke box section. Aero wheels are unnecessary unless you have been loosing time trials by seconds, or getting caught 100 meters before the finish of a road race after breaking away solo for most of the race. An 81 mm wheel will catch a lot of wind and blow the bike around.
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Old 05-26-14, 06:53 AM
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Perhaps 20.2 mph is the goal.
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Originally Posted by Trucker Dan View Post
You need to realize that even under ideal conditions at high speeds there will probably be less than 2/10 mph between the best aero wheel and a 32 spoke box section. Aero wheels are unnecessary unless you have been loosing time trials by seconds, or getting caught 100 meters before the finish of a road race after breaking away solo for most of the race. An 81 mm wheel will catch a lot of wind and blow the bike around.
+1. If you really want to improve your cruising speed you're probably better off finding a group of faster guys to ride with. Deep wheels will be of minimal assistance in helping you keep up with the group. Save those for racing if you decide to go that route.
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Old 05-26-14, 07:07 AM
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Just buy them. If it gets windy just put your old wheels back on for the day.
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Old 05-26-14, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Perhaps 20.2 mph is the goal.
20.3 actually, smart ass!
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
+1. If you really want to improve your cruising speed you're probably better off finding a group of faster guys to ride with. Deep wheels will be of minimal assistance in helping you keep up with the group. Save those for racing if you decide to go that route.

Sounds like solid advice, I rode today and hooked up with a couple guys and found myself pushing harder than usual. No racing in my near future and the random post last night was alcohol induced, I'm just glad I didn't whip out the credit card! I've been trying to find a group that rides weekday mornings or Sunday but for some reason they all seem to gather on Saturday and I have to work.
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Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
After digging through some posts of others looking to buy some too deep wheels I'm leaning more towards passing on this deal? They might look good and be fast but they're still the narrow 14.75mm inside /20mm outside rim and about 200 grams heavier than my current set. If anyone has use for them they're over at Nashbar $1,199+ another 10%off through the weekend.
the Williams 85mm is selling for $999 now. I think it's to deep but it's not like it will be your only wheelset. I think the BOYD 44mm would be good spot, but I see it is a few hundred above your spending point.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
Just buy them. If it gets windy just put your old wheels back on for the day.
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Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
I think I know the answer to the question before I even ask but I have been looking for some new wheels for my 2013 Caad10 Black Inc with a budget hovering around $1,000 I have found quite a few sets in the $1200-$1400 range like Boyd, Williams, November, etc... that make upgrading my Ultegra's worth while but today I came across a set of 2013 Reynolds Storm 81mm deep clinchers for $1,100 delivered (set). I know they are a nice build and will look killer on my bike but is it too much? They claim to be made for flat land and speed so being down here in Central Florida helps my case some plus the one area I'm working on improving is my cruising speed which right now is hovering around 20mph avg. I'll probably need to decide soon as the sale may end this weekend? Thanks!
1st would be Boyds 45mm, my coworker has these and they are snappy plus look good
2nd Williams 58mm which i have and love em' esp for the looks
3rd State 45mm - cheaper than zipps and light
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Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
Sounds like solid advice, I rode today and hooked up with a couple guys and found myself pushing harder than usual. No racing in my near future and the random post last night was alcohol induced, I'm just glad I didn't whip out the credit card! I've been trying to find a group that rides weekday mornings or Sunday but for some reason they all seem to gather on Saturday and I have to work.
aha.. that's the problem, Alcohol and cycling ..
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aha.. that's the problem, Alcohol and cycling ..
I never do both at the same time!!!
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I'm waiting for 200mm wheels to become available
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Just go for the disc!!!
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I never do both at the same time!!!
I hope not. Was kiding of course
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