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Good wheel sets under $400?...pressj1
Feb 16, 2002 9:58 AM
I have a Trek 2200 with the original Rolf Vectors and was looking to get a new wheel set, but do not want to spend $700-800. Any suggestions out there?
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...PaulCL
Feb 16, 2002 11:40 AM
Sure..a good set of Open pros with the hub (DA or Record) of your choice will set you back around $300 at Excelsports. Under 1900 grams for the set and bombproof. From OPs on, it will cost you about a dollar for every two grams taken off the weight. You can always check out the classifieds here and on EBAY for good deals. Normally, you can find a good set of kysriums for around $400 used.
Second this motion..McAndrus
Feb 16, 2002 4:14 PM
I just started riding a set of OPs with Record hubs built for me by Excel and I'm very pleased with them. Although it's too early to tell about the durability the build quality seems excellent.

Based on the votes of confidence for Excel's wheels given by others on this board, I'm sure I'll be happy with them for years. It was $325 (including shipping) well spent.

I also have a set of Campagnolo Protons which are very light and bombproof. I've been riding them for a year now and have never had to true either wheel. If you're using a Shimano setup, Excel also sells the Protons with a Shimano splined hub. It's on special now and the total for a pair is under $310.
I love my ProtonsDY
Feb 16, 2002 5:58 PM
I've got a set of the 2002 Protons. They are light (1640 grams) and strong too. I'm heavy at 185 lbs and I ride them for everything. I've hit lots of bumps and potholes and they are still true. Check out this link to the Campy site:
2001 and 2002 ProtonsJack S
Feb 16, 2002 8:31 PM
simply use the Record hub with low spoke counts and offset Montreal based rim.... really not much advantage over plain old wheels. Now the older Protons- 1999- are essentially Electrons. Avoid the grey, first generation Protons and Electrons; these were redesigned due a problem with spokes breaking.
Cane Creek Aeroheadsweiwentg
Feb 17, 2002 6:32 PM
My Aeroheads just came. they're about the weight of the Protons, and they have straight-pull spokes all round (the Protons only have them drive-side). and the nipples are at the hub ... it's too early to say for sure, but I think they're excellent wheels. the hubs are real smooth ... and my friend, who has 1998 Cane Creek WAMs, hasn't had to service the hubs ever since he bought the wheels.
I got mine for $350. they're not a 'hot' wheelset, so if you shop around, you could likely get a set under $400.
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...Wilier
Feb 16, 2002 8:37 PM
Not disagreeing with you - but explain this to me:

Excel has this wheelset (Cirrus) going at about 1600 grams. It's built with DT Revo's but that can't take off 300 grams. I've always wondered about that...

Also, if you look at the Ksyrium's and the D/A Carbons, Excel weighs them in also around 1600 grams without skewers. The Cirrus wheels mentioned above are with skewers. So by Excels weights, the D/A and OP's are significantly lighter.

What's the deal? Are they full of #$%@??
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...Derek F
Feb 17, 2002 7:10 PM
1600 sounds just about right. I wouldn't think that weight would include skewers though. Check out to get an idea of what various wheelsets should approximately weigh.
if you'd like the convenience of buying boutique...lonefrontranger
Feb 16, 2002 12:07 PM
You can't go wrong with Mavic Cosmos. They are much lighter than the Rolf Vectors (I've had both), quite stiff, use standard spokes, so they're easily repairable, and cost around $300 retail. They also have a box section rim, so they don't require special tubes, and they don't squirrel around in the wind like the Vectors do. The hubs are awesome. The front is essentially the same wheel and weight as the old Heliums, the rear is somewhat heavier.

I have a set on my 'cross bike, and I can safely say they are bombproof. In fact, they've held up better for daily dirt riding / commuting / gleeful abuse than an expensive set of Cane Creek MTB wheels I have that I only use to race on. Collectively, my household owns 4 pair of Cosmos.
if you'd like the convenience of buying boutique...JC
Feb 16, 2002 6:32 PM has the cosmos wheelset for 178.00 plus 35.00 shipping
cool, that's a great deallonefrontranger
Feb 16, 2002 8:44 PM
Thanks for the link. I'm riding for an Excel-sponsored team this year, and I won't tell you what I could get Cosmos for at cost from them, but it's significantly less than even xpedias list price.

Bike racing is hellish expensive on equipment, but the sponsorship does have its percs.
if you'd like the convenience of buying boutique...gzig
Feb 22, 2002 7:44 PM
They show 35.00 shipping on their website, but they charge 103.00 to ship to Louisiana.
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...Proboscis
Feb 16, 2002 2:40 PM
I have never used them, but Supergo has Shimano Dura Ace wheelsets going for about 375. That is a about half retail.
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...weiwentg
Feb 16, 2002 3:14 PM
sadly, they're only in 650cc.
Velocity Spartacus-300.00mumba
Feb 17, 2002 8:01 PM
Paired spokes like the rolf, 24 rear, 20 front, all silver, cartridge bearings. Reasonably light but very strong.

re: Good wheel sets under $400?...853
Feb 19, 2002 1:21 PM
I got my wheels thru roadbike review classifieds!
$375.00 for an almost new set of Mavic Ksyriums!
Never had any problems w/ them. just look for a used set.
Since Kerry Irons is not here ...pmf1
Feb 19, 2002 1:52 PM
I must speak in his place. Have you considered a standard set of wire wheels? They would be much lighter, ride nicer and be easier to repair than Rolf Vectors. I think every rider should have a set of basic Open Pros on DA hubs. They'd run around $350 w/ DB spokes.

I'm not knocking boutique wheels (I've got several sets), but for under $400, OP w/ DA hubs would be pretty hard to beat.
$240 US Campy SciroccosRafael T
Feb 19, 2002 2:22 PM
At, plus 22 buck shipping. 21 spoke wheels, Campy reliability and build quality, Shimano and Campy- compatible, same weight as WH6500 16 spoke wheels from Shimano!! (those cost 550 bucks or more)
To Botique or not to BotiquePat1
Feb 19, 2002 2:55 PM
After much deliberation and research, I finally ordered my new wheels from Excel. CXP-33's, 3x with 14g DT spokes laced to Chris King classic hubs. These are still pretty light, bombproof, and I can replace a spoke while riding in Timbuktu. Total cost $496, and they'll be here in 5 business days. The King hubs should last long enough to be passed on to my 7 year old sun. Sure, Dura Ace would have saved $130, but I like the reputation, servicability, and strength of the Kings. I thought about Ksyriums, but did'nt want to hassle with the service issues.
re: Good wheel sets under $400?...Eric16
Feb 20, 2002 9:35 PM
Right now you can find Shamals for about $400 which is a steal...I'd buy them if I had any money right now but as it is I'm just hoping they'll still be around over the summer when I get some cash.