Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby kajembe » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:26 am

trippyho wrote:For anyone interested I ended up getting the Fulcrum Racing 3 over the Pro Lites a couple of weeks back from Torpedo7.

So far after riding the bike a few times, I have noticed a big upgrade in performance coming from the Shimano R500 stock wheels that came with my bike. The upgrade was well worth it and very noticeable. The wheels roll better and feels quicker, especially off the mark and it's very responsive.

With these wheels I can also maintain a faster / harder gear for longer, and now averaging an extra 5km on my usual training average speed. So overall I am very happy with the wheel upgrade...


Hi did you get the 2012 or 2013 version. Tossing up between 2012 fulcrum 3 for $445 delivered vs braccianos $425 delivered. Reviews seem evenly divided.
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby usernameforme » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:28 am

go custom, you could get sub 1300g with that money if you are a lightweight around 1400g if you are average to heavy weight. You are at the mercy of Fulcrum if you have any issues with your wheels as all of their parts are propriety (their spokes cost $20 a piece). Not sure about the pro-lites but I wouldn't be surprised if they had $20 spokes too...
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby kajembe » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:42 am

usernameforme wrote:go custom, you could get sub 1300g with that money if you are a lightweight around 1400g if you are average to heavy weight. You are at the mercy of Fulcrum if you have any issues with your wheels as all of their parts are propriety (their spokes cost $20 a piece). Not sure about the pro-lites but I wouldn't be surprised if they had $20 spokes too...

Wow that's pricey for the fulcrums. The pro lite website has a spoke repair kit for $45 which includes 10 front, 12 rear spokes. Seems reasonable. I'm leaning towards prolites.
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby trippyho » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:12 pm

kajembe wrote:Hi did you get the 2012 or 2013 version. Tossing up between 2012 fulcrum 3 for $445 delivered vs braccianos $425 delivered. Reviews seem evenly divided.


I got the 2012 version, and only downside of Fulcrum is the spokes. They are expensive! I didn't realise how much the spokes were until it was too late. But either way, I don't regret buying them, maybe until I break some spokes LOL :D
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby kajembe » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:47 pm

Got the pro lites in the end. They were hard to pass for $325 delivered. Cant wait to test them in the Sydney to Gong ride 90km.
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby jasonc » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:00 pm

kajembe wrote:Got the pro lites in the end. They were hard to pass for $325 delivered. Cant wait to test them in the Sydney to Gong ride 90km.


am already in trouble with the minister for war and finance. waiting for deon to confirm they are legit

EDIT: I noticed that Deon is matching the price
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby kajembe » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:31 pm

am already in trouble with the minister for war and finance. waiting for deon to confirm they are legit

EDIT: I noticed that Deon is matching the price[/quote]

Yes bought the ones from Pro Lite website. Better be quick i don't think they'll last long at that price.
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby jasonc » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:41 pm

kajembe wrote:am already in trouble with the minister for war and finance. waiting for deon to confirm they are legit

EDIT: I noticed that Deon is matching the price


Yes bought the ones from Pro Lite website. Better be quick i don't think they'll last long at that price.[/quote]

good on you for supporting Deon. if i was to buy i'd option the brake pads to make sure he gets something out of the deal
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby usernameforme » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:20 pm

$325 is still $100 more than what it would cost them to buy the components (calculated for a wheel with similar spec). Everyone is so used to overpriced wheels so that when the markup is only 150% it still seems cheap
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Re: Wheel Upgrade "Advice Needed :)"

Postby zero » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:11 pm

usernameforme wrote:$325 is still $100 more than what it would cost them to buy the components (calculated for a wheel with similar spec). Everyone is so used to overpriced wheels so that when the markup is only 150% it still seems cheap


You'd have to realise that hand wheel building is a non trivial time consuming task attracting labor costs and realistically requires a somewhat skilled tradesman, and if done in a factory, using rather better tools than a home mechanic would have. Pro-lites by all reports are expertly hand built. I think a wheel build in Australia is likely to be $70 per wheel.
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