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Choosing a new road bike

Postby Giantrider1997 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:32 pm

I have currently gone up a grade in my club racing and i have decided that i am due a new bike. I currently have a giant defy alliance 1 and i am thinking of getting a focus izalco pro 3.0 or a cervelo s5. Or should i just upgrade my wheels on the Giant defy from r500 to carbon wheels? Is there a noticeable difference between r500 and say planet x? Or mavic ksyrium elites?
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby toppity » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:12 am

Mate, anything will be better than the R500's. Consider the RS80 34mm profile wheels. I've raced on them for years with good results and they are a cheapish carbon laminate wheel.
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby Giantrider1997 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:59 pm

toppity wrote:Mate, anything will be better than the R500's. Consider the RS80 34mm profile wheels. I've raced on them for years with good results and they are a cheapish carbon laminate wheel.

Mate are you talking about very big performance gains when you compare mavic ksyrium elites and r500's?
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby Karati » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:08 pm

I got hold of a set of giant PSLR-1 wheels for my defy and it's made a huge difference. Definitely worth while. I set a limit of ~$500 for a wheel set as anything else the frame doesn't justify.
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby Baldy » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:28 pm

toppity wrote:Mate, anything will be better than the R500's. Consider the RS80 34mm profile wheels. I've raced on them for years with good results and they are a cheapish carbon laminate wheel.


This is what I did as well and they have done around 12000km trouble free. I upgraded from a similar level Bontrager wheel and you really do notice the difference. If you can, borrow a set to try. If you were local I'd lend you mine.

Having said that I'm not going to argue against a new bike :mrgreen:
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby toppity » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:09 am

Giantrider1997 wrote:
toppity wrote:Mate, anything will be better than the R500's. Consider the RS80 34mm profile wheels. I've raced on them for years with good results and they are a cheapish carbon laminate wheel.

Mate are you talking about very big performance gains when you compare mavic ksyrium elites and r500's?

I can't vouch for the R500's because i've never ridden a pair, but I did own a pair of RS30's once and they were sluggish compared to the RS80's. So much so that I sold them and the RS80's have become my best training set. I also own a pair of Reynolds solitudes and these are o.k. but they flex more than the RS80's. Bear in mind i'm no lightweight either. I'm over 100 kg. I've also got a pair of Durace C50's tubulars which are very nice. They easily rank above the RS80's. But top of the list, and the difference for me is large, are my Zipp 404's. (The Durace C50's are for sale BTW :lol: to fund a new project)
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby usernameforme » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:10 am

Shimano R500's are a solid wheel, I love them for training and other non-racing duties. The hubs are really quite nice for the price IMO and the rims are very aero for their depth. Now if only Shimano made a Campagnolo free-hub...
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby Pravda » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:26 pm

usernameforme wrote: Now if only Shimano made a Campagnolo free-hub...


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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby Giantrider1997 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:15 pm

thanks for the response guys. Ill still have to do lots of research but what do u guys think of the ness carbon clinchers?
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby bdin4941 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:02 pm

Had r500's upgraded to fulcrum racing 3 HUGE difference
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Re: Choosing a new road bike

Postby alan_k » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:20 pm

Giantrider1997 wrote:thanks for the response guys. Ill still have to do lots of research but what do u guys think of the ness carbon clinchers?


I think a set of fulcrum racing's would be good. Can be used for training and racing. Very tough wheels... :)
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