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Wheel set relacem

Postby 1stedition » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:45 pm

Hi - recently i bought a Specialised SL4 Tarmac Expert, the bike has received excellent reviews. However most recommend replacing the wheel set for lighter, more dependable ones.

I am prepared to spend between $1500-$2500 on clinchers. Have looked at dura ace c35 (9000 series)and mavic Sls & slr and am looking for comment on these or others

I ride predominantly on the flat/undulating paved roads, occasionally some climbing and racing, weigh 80kg and am lazy on bike maintenance . Thanks
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby jacks1071 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:32 am

With that sort of budget, I'd get two sets so you can maximise their life span. One for racing, one for training.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby 1stedition » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:34 am

Thanks for the suggestion on 2 sets, but would prefer just 1 set
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby trailgumby » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:59 am

Maybe so, but he has a point.

Light wheels don't last all that long. More robustly built wheels last much better, and make you work harder during training, but are a little slower and heavier. With that kind of budget you can have a nice light fast wheelset for racing, and a cheaper, longer lasting set for pounding out the kilometres.

That is unless you have two or more bikes, and this one is reserved for racing. In which case, carry on. 8)
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby Ross » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:37 pm

Wade at Cyclingtips recently gave a rave review on the Shimano C35s - http://cyclingtips.com.au/2013/06/shima ... el-review/

I've currently got C24 (7900) Shimano wheels and previously had Mavic Kysyrium ES wheels (actually still sitting in corner of garage gathering dust) and the C24s are heaps better. The Shimanos are pretty much set and forget whereas the Mavics require the front hub to be adjusted every couple of months and can be quite fiddly to get the balance between too tight and too loose. The rear hubs need pulling apart every 6-12 months and re-lubing depending on how many kms you ride and in what conditions. I've done over 20,000km on the Shimanos and haven't needed to touch them.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby antipodean » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:45 pm

Forget what "most" are saying, save your money and just ride the thing.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby ValleyForge » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:59 pm

trailgumby wrote:Maybe so, but he has a point.

Light wheels don't last all that long. More robustly built wheels last much better, and make you work harder during training, but are a little slower and heavier. With that kind of budget you can have a nice light fast wheelset for racing, and a cheaper, longer lasting set for pounding out the kilometres.

That is unless you have two or more bikes, and this one is reserved for racing. In which case, carry on. 8)


Buy two sets and swap them on the bike. Then buy a second bike because you are too lazy to swap them over.

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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby munga » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:02 am

if he buys new wheels he'll have a second set, won't he?
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby Slvr32gtr » Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:00 pm

ValleyForge wrote:
Buy two sets and swap them on the bike. Then buy a second bike because you are too lazy to swap them over.

Voila!


Haha, im guilty of this! Although I argue I was simply following the N+1 ruling on number of bikes one should own.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby im_no_pro » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:28 pm

munga wrote:if he buys new wheels he'll have a second set, won't he?


Beat me to it..
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby 1stedition » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:36 pm

Has anyone got or tried the Dura Ace or Mavic wheels listed as a potential purchase? Thanks
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby moosterbounce » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:56 pm

Can't comment on any of these I'm afraid as I run fulcrum zeros, but I'd be looking at wiggle specials. Just noticed the racing speed Xlr 80 tubs down 55% to just overn$1500. Wish I could slip them past the Minister for Finance.

I can't fault my fulcrums - bike is serviced regularly by shop and the only,maintenance I do is lube the chain. I generally ride the coastal flats and weigh around the 80kg mark.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby jacks1071 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:33 pm

munga wrote:if he buys new wheels he'll have a second set, won't he?


I'm not sure, I had the impression the Op's origional set maybe roached due to his requirement "more dependable ones"

If you can only have one set, my choice would be the Bracciano. I maybe biast but thats what I'd be riding even if I wasn't the one selling them.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby optiumcarbon » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:37 pm

I bought a set of Easton EC90 SL clinchers for $1500 and im loving them, light and aero so pretty good for all conditions. they are also used for cyclocross so are strong too.
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Re: Wheel set relacem

Postby toppity » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:48 am

1stedition wrote:Has anyone got or tried the Dura Ace or Mavic wheels listed as a potential purchase? Thanks

No I haven't but I have owned an older pair of C50's. I was told that getting parts for these was difficult so I sold them (probably a bad choice). So whichever wheels you end up getting get something which is serviceable (spokes are available readily, easy to change spokes, serviceable hubs etc.).
And, as far as i'm concerned I'd also consider the low profile RS80's. They are a lightish (1550gram), carbon laminate clincher that have proven bomb proof for me (my weight varies but is generally above 100kg) and are very reasonably priced. I'll never be without a set of those. I've raced, trained and indoor trained with them for well over 10k km's.

But if you are prepared to pay that sort of money get a set of Zipp 303's from Merlin. http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... -2013.html
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