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Good entry level wheelset?

Postby brucester22 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:19 pm

Hello,

Just wondering if there was a stand out brand know for its best bang for buck factor when it comes to entry level wheelsets?

I am after something lighter and better than what usually comes equipped on entry level road bikes.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby delazy » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:47 pm

I bought a pair of prolite meranos for my first bike, so happy with them that I bought a pair of braccianos for my 2nd bike :) plenty of reviews/suggestions on here
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby macca33 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:52 pm

I purchased 2 x sets of Pro-Lite comos - one for each road bike and they are fantastic, smooth and stay true. I'm a rather well-proportioned bloke and they have had no trouble with staying true, etc.

For the $150 per set that P-L charge (plus $25 for skewers), they are fantastic value. The next step up is the Merano and I may try a pair of them for my 'better' bike soon.

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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby TDC » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:20 pm

I have to ask because I am not sure I have got this straight...You want a 'better' entry level wheelset to replace the entry level wheelset you already have?
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby brucester22 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:47 pm

no, i want an entry level wheel set for the entry level bike i am building that are better than the wheels that come with entry level bikes that try to keep costs down by providing low quality wheelset and tiagra cassettes and chains.

Thanks for the suggestions guys, will check them out
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby TDC » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:52 pm

ok. got it. Keep a eye out in the marketplace. People are always upgrading, so you might find a better than entry level set at bargain prices.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby Metor » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:10 pm

Campagnolo Khamsin would be my choice.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jacks1071 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:22 pm

brucester22 wrote:no, i want an entry level wheel set for the entry level bike i am building that are better than the wheels that come with entry level bikes that try to keep costs down by providing low quality wheelset and tiagra cassettes and chains.

Thanks for the suggestions guys, will check them out


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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby Snagdog » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:42 am

I upgraded my original Alex 22 wheels to fulcrum 5 with conti gp. I couldn't believe how much better the bike went. Don't get me wrong I'm sure I didn't add 5km/hr to average speed def made it easier to keep I'm with group ride. Also when rolling down any kind of slopes the bike just kept rolling.

And the other thing I noticed since I ride along the beach usually into a S/E wind it felt like if I stopped peddling with the old wheels the bike would almost stop but with the fulcrums it seemed to cut through the wind with much more continued momentum.

I'm a novice in the grand scheme of the road biking wise but was absolutely stoked with the upgrade. Similar brands and weights will prob have the same advantage over the low range stock hoops.

TBH I'm Saving up for some fulcrum 1's or 3', zondas or braccinos and hopefully that will be end of the upgrading done

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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby nickdos » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:02 am

These Shimano 6700 Ultegra tubeless compatible wheels are good value at $315 (free shipping) from ProBikeKit at the moment. A bit heavier than the Braccianos but if you run them tubeless, then you'll be close to the same weight.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby Jesmol » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:13 am

Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:13 pm

Jesmol wrote:Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.

depending on the weight. if you're over 80kgs, no. And if you are under 80kgs, buy something better anyway.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby MarkG » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:22 pm

You'll find all top line jobs don't have a max weight limit, well possibly over 150 kgs may be an issue, but I bought wheels off a bloke who was over 110kg, they were fine.
Even after a year of riding nearly every day, they only needed a basic service to re-tighten the spokes, but no dramas at all.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby kunalraiker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:32 pm

jasonc wrote:
Jesmol wrote:Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.

depending on the weight. if you're over 80kgs, no. And if you are under 80kgs, buy something better anyway.



What to get if you're under 80 KGS that will make a significant difference, I have the Shimano R500's currently.
Don't want to spend over $200.00 for the set.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:39 pm

kunalraiker wrote:
jasonc wrote:
Jesmol wrote:Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.

depending on the weight. if you're over 80kgs, no. And if you are under 80kgs, buy something better anyway.



What to get if you're under 80 KGS that will make a significant difference, I have the Shimano R500's currently.
Don't want to spend over $200.00 for the set.


well you could try some of the following:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing- ... lset-2013/
http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Easton-EA50 ... gory=70591
and you may be able to find some shimano RS20s or RS30s - here you go - RS20s (RS21 actually)
http://www.cyclingexpress.com/cycle/com ... elset.aspx
i'd recommend the pro-lite como - they are heavier, but the hub spins very well.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby kunalraiker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:58 pm

jasonc wrote:well you could try some of the following:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing- ... lset-2013/
http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Easton-EA50 ... gory=70591
and you may be able to find some shimano RS20s or RS30s - here you go - RS20s (RS21 actually)
http://www.cyclingexpress.com/cycle/com ... elset.aspx
i'd recommend the pro-lite como - they are heavier, but the hub spins very well.



I take its a simple job to attach the cassette to the rear wheel?
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby delazy » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:03 pm

^^^ with the correct tools it couldn't be easier :)
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby Mrfenejeans » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:03 pm

Just need a chain whip, a lock ring removal tool and a spanner.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby kunalraiker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:14 pm

Mrfenejeans wrote:Just need a chain whip, a lock ring removal tool and a spanner.



Any cheap complete toolset that I could buy, that includes all these and other cycling tools.
I'am sick of buying individual tools everytime I need something.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jacks1071 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:15 pm

If it'd help you, we can supply any model wheelset that we sell with a shimano ultegra 6700 cassette pre-installed.

If you want some other cassette, or can get one cheaper than we sell them for you are also welcome to purchase your own cassette and send to me (or ship to us direct from your supplier) and we'll install it prior to sending your wheels off at no extra cost.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby Jesmol » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:24 pm

jasonc wrote:
Jesmol wrote:Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.

depending on the weight. if you're over 80kgs, no. And if you are under 80kgs, buy something better anyway.

Hmmmm, wasn't aware they had a weight limit, rode mine at just over 100Kg without any issues at all.
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:39 pm

Jesmol wrote:
jasonc wrote:
Jesmol wrote:Shimano RS-20's aren't a bad starting point.

depending on the weight. if you're over 80kgs, no. And if you are under 80kgs, buy something better anyway.

Hmmmm, wasn't aware they had a weight limit, rode mine at just over 100Kg without any issues at all.

have RS10s in a box. gave up after 2 broken spokes in 5000kms (edit: 80-odd kgs)
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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:43 pm

I read with some WTH on all these low spoke wheels and weight problems. I have 16/20 spoke WHR-500 wheels and weigh 104-110Kgs and these wheels still run true after 3yrs, so you got me stuffed why, people have so much trouble keeping them true? :?

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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:48 pm

foo on patrol wrote:I read with some WTH on all these low spoke wheels and weight problems. I have 16/20 spoke WHR-500 wheels and weigh 104-110Kgs and these wheels still run true after 3yrs, so you got me stuffed why, people have so much trouble keeping them true? :?

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Re: Good entry level wheelset?

Postby spokeless » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:48 pm

I've done 20,000km on Mavic Aksium wheelset. Racing and training. Never broke a spoke and I'm 95kg. I've Just bought another set so I can change between commuting and racing tyres without removing tyres.
You can get them at Cell Bikes for $220.00 per set.
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