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Comfortable Wheel Choice(4 posts)

Comfortable Wheel Choicerml99
Jun 18, 2002 2:32 PM
I ride a 2000 allez (aluminum) with a Easton EC-90 carbon fork. i have the stock CPX-21/ritchey hub wheelset. the wheels have been horrible. constantly out of true and recently i have broken 2 spokes. most importantly the ride is really harsh. i commute 28 miles round trip to work on crappy urban streets and i get severely rattled! my average rides are between 20-60 miles with lots of hills (san francisco area) and i weigh 165. any suggestions for a new wheelset in the $300 range. comfort is one of the most important aspects for me. thanks in advance for the help.
re: Comfortable Wheel Choice. (suspension seatpost)Trek Racer X
Jun 18, 2002 3:39 PM
If you really just want more comfort in your commute, perhaps a burley set of 700c cyclocross tires, and a Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost. (4" of travel.)
Wheels can be built more flexy than others, or stiffer. In my opinion, if your rims are fine, and the bearings in hubs still running smooth, keep 'em. As for the spokes, go with DT champions, with a slightly larger gauge than your current ones.

Hope any of this helps,
Trek Racer X
Can you get bigger tires in there? Agree @ susp. post, tooSilverback
Jun 19, 2002 7:36 AM
When I bought a Thudbuster for my rigid mountain bike, I moved the cheap Post Moderne suspension post I had on it over to my commuter. Doesn't have much travel, but it takes out the buzzies and the little jolts. You can get a Nashbar post these days for less than $30, I think.
As I recall, that frame and fork don't have much room for tires, but if you could get a set of 28s or even 32s on it, that would be a big help, too. Panaracer Paselas are pretty comfortable, light and not very expensive.
Can you get bigger tires in there? Agree @ susp. post, toorml99
Jun 19, 2002 8:00 AM
thanks for the suggestions. it is time for new tires so i will try some bigger ones this time round. (i broke another spoke today on the way to work...so annoying.)