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need help picking a wheelsetkp
Dec 11, 2001 10:51 AM
i'm an avid xc rider and i'm building my first road bike(i mostly ride the road on weekdays and go tral riding on weekends). i'm looking into buying the best wheelset i can have for about $200. i've found some mavic open pro's laced to ultegra hubs, and also the shimano r535 wheelset in that price range. so which is best? i couldn't find any reviews of the 535's out there. also, how about those formula xero xr-1 set at supergo? i'm not too sure how they'll hold up over time, but they do ride smoothly. i was also looking at some sets on the marketplace. also, what's the difference between tubular and clincher rims? are there any trade offs with either?
TIA for an help.
re: need help picking a wheelsetpmf1
Dec 11, 2001 1:44 PM
I'd definitely go with the Open Pro and Ultegra wheel set. Iits a good, strong, solid wheelset. The kind every roadie should have as a basic set of wheels. The hubs are easy to rebuild; the spikes easy to repair, and easy to true. It probably weighs less than the 535 which has doubtful aero qualities. As for the Xero, I've never heard of them.

You can't go wrong with a standard set of OP w/ Ultegra hubs.
Open ProsKerry Irons
Dec 11, 2001 4:55 PM
Same comments as the other post - Open Pro wheels would be a much better bet - more value, easily serviced, lighter weight, at least as strong, etc.

If you need to ask the question on tubular vs. clincher, you should not even be thinking about tubulars. Open Pro is clincher only anyway. Tubulars are loved by some but come with a number of challenges that you likely don't want to face as a new road rider. Tubulars are actually sewn together at the bead, so the tube is permanently installed inside the tire. The stitching is covered by a glued on cloth tape, and then the tire is glued onto the rim. Trust me, you're not interested.
Dec 11, 2001 7:12 PM
i was thinking of going open pro/ultegra from the beginning. and that tubular stuff seems like it's not for me. thanks for clearing that up.
now, about the 535s...weiwentg
Dec 12, 2001 6:21 AM
they're good wheels. they weigh about 1900 grams total, and they're 105 hubs. of course, this is the second wheelset I've owned (first was a generic one with ritchey hubs & alex rims) so I can't compare.
Before you buy...PsyDoc
Dec 12, 2001 8:16 AM
...I have a set of brand new Open Pro/Ultegra wheels that were built up by Wheelsmith's I am trying to find a nice home where they will be appreciated. They have rim strips already on them and I will even throw in a pair of Continental GP 3000 tires...$250.00. These wheels have never been used. Sorry for posting this here, but kp did not have an e-mail address.
Before you
Dec 12, 2001 9:52 AM
thanks for your offer. i am probably going to get the open pro/ultegra hubs for about $210, plus about $30 for a set of kenda koncepts tires. everything should come to about $250.
Thanks anyways, and good luck selling you set. also, i think the marketplace is free right now, but be sure to double check that. i know the marketplace is free this month at
Then it's way too heavy - get a different one (nm).Branbant
Dec 12, 2001 8:28 AM
re: need help picking a wheelsetgwilliams
Dec 13, 2001 4:20 AM
I have three sets of Open Pro wheels on two of these the rear rim makes an annoying clicking sound which I believe comes from the eyelet on the rim. I have been able to cure this problem temporary by putting linseed oil on the eyelet inside the rim, but I don't know how long this will last. Each time you do this you will have to tear your rim strip off. To me this is unacceptable and I will not buy these rims anymore. The one set of wheels that have not done this so far, about 1500 mile on them, came from Colorado Cyclist. The other two sets came from Excel and one built by LBS. This seems to be a common problem that I have read about over and over again.

Heard Same ThingChen2
Dec 13, 2001 10:33 AM
FWIW, I talked to my favorite LBS owner about wheel parts because I'm planning to build some, just to learn how. He stocks Open Pros and CXP 33 rims but recommends the CXP 33's because of the Open Pro clicking noise problem that you have described, which he says is in the rim joint and is incurable, but doesn't really cause any problems except for the noise.
Heard Same Thinggwilliams
Dec 13, 2001 11:50 AM
That is a seperate problem that I thing is caused by part of the weld holding the rim joint together comes loose causing noise. I have not experienced that problem.

I went w/ the 535's for $160RaiderMike
Dec 13, 2001 10:53 AM
They are about 1900grams but they are pretty durable. has them for $160 + $18 for shipping which isnt bad seeing that they are in Ireland. I ordered my wheels on a Wed. and recieved them in a week.