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Wheel advice needed... triathlete(4 posts)

Wheel advice needed... triathletecrusher
Oct 4, 2001 8:02 PM
I'm considering upgrading wheels for racing ironman distance races. I'm looking for wheels that will make a difference, not beat you up too badly and strong enough to train on. I'm thinking Spinergy Rev-x or Xaeros. I'm about 180 pounds - probably ride 3-4 K yearly. Thoughts?
re: Wheel advice needed... triathleteChen2
Oct 5, 2001 6:21 AM
I really like my Mavic Cosmic Carbones. Deep 57mm aero profile with tough aluminum rims, bladed spokes, excellent bearings. They are definitely faster than non-aero or semi aero rim wheels. I bought mine new in 1998 and ride them every day. I weigh 165#. They've stayed tru for me. Cross-winds up to about 20mph (wind speed) don't bother me. I use Performance Ultralite tubes with 60mm stems, no extenders needed. No special brake pads needed, I like Koolstop pads (you'll need good brakes). Downside? They ain't cheap, but I think they are well worth the $$.
check out John Cobb's suggestions on slowtwitch..dotkaye
Oct 5, 2001 9:16 AM

I'd take his suggestions seriously, he's the guy who finetunes Lance's aero position for TT, and has done more windtunnel testing on bikes than anyone else.

Also see
for an overview of wheels..

I can't speak from experience unfortunately, my Ritchey Aero Pro's (30 mm deep rim) are definitely an improvement on the Araya box rims I was riding, but the really aero wheels are a bit on the pricey side for me.
check out John Cobb's suggestions on slowtwitch..Charlie- empire cycles
Oct 9, 2001 5:14 PM
Check out the Zipp 440's. They are light and aero. I am a big fan of Zipp wheels and have personally had a pair for six years. If you decide you want a pair let me know,I am a Zipp dealer and can get you a good price at $875. Also, check out