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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 $$.
-Al
check out John Cobb's suggestions on slowtwitch..dotkaye
Oct 5, 2001 9:16 AM
see
http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadings/features/product2001/wheelview.html

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
http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadings/features/product2001/wheels2001.html
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 www.empirebicycles.com