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Lightest wheels that are still strong/stiff?(6 posts)

Lightest wheels that are still strong/stiff?Larry Klassen
Aug 23, 2002 12:09 PM
What should I consider purchasing/building up? I don't want to spend a ton of $$, I have access to dealer pricing on Cane creek wheels so that is one option. I was wondering if there is anything else that would be much better, though - I can build my own wheels, but really have most experience with MTB stuff, so I don't know what to go with to build up a really nice, light strong road wheelset. Also, 3 cross, or radial? Tips on exact components to use to build up a wheelset, and where to get best pricing on these (new or used) would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you could email me directly at I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
re: Lightest wheels that are still strong/stiff?Wheelz
Aug 23, 2002 1:05 PM
I run Macic Ksyriums and Cane Creek Cronos. The Ksyriums are incredibly strong and stiff. They are not cheap, however, I purchased my through and got a pretty good deal. The Ksyrium is about the same weight at the Cane Creek Crono, but are much stronger. They are also pretty stiff and there is a small cross wind issue, but over all I've given them a good review on this site.
re: Lightest wheels that are still strong/stiff?weiwentg
Aug 23, 2002 2:47 PM
the Cane Creeks are good, but you can go lighter. check out Mike Garcia's site at he builds stuff with Am Classic's 350g rim. probably no more than $400 for a complete set unless you opt for seriously fancy stuff. you could also just get the components from him, I think.
Purchase wheels from Garcia or American Classic?jzinckgra
Aug 23, 2002 9:24 PM
I went to the website. Looks like Mike has a nice sight and build some good wheels. I am considering the AC 350 wheels, but thought of buying them from AC direct. Although Mike's wheels (same basically as AC) are a little and almost $100 cheaper, I'm not sure I'd buy from him. Anyone have any experience with this guy? AC seems much more reputable.
not personally, but a lot of MTBRers haveweiwentg
Aug 23, 2002 10:50 PM
done business with Mike, as have some people here. I almost did, except that I ended up getting a set of Cane Creeks (these are one of the few pre-builts he thinks highly of).
re: Lightest wheels that are still strong/stiff?seeker333
Aug 23, 2002 11:31 PM
mike garcia really knows his stuff on wheels, and he'll be happy to answer your wheel questions, just use the email addy at his site (oddsandendos). his prices are as good as u can get for fancy custom built wheels (you can't buy the parts that cheap). he likes building velocity rims and ac hubs (so does dave at, look for numerous highly favorable reviews of his work @ evidently these are the best component choices for good reasonably priced wheels.

btw mike g. is a regular contributor to the forums at, just search for his handle "bianchi4me" for his nuggets of wisdom

i'm real fond of my cane creek mtb wheels, never give me any trouble. i have heard several positive comments on c.c. customer service, in fact never heard any negatives.