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Suggestions for affordable training Wheelsetbrains
Aug 27, 2002 5:59 PM
Looking for an affordable training wheelset. Is it better to buy a built set or have one built up. Which is cheaper and which is better. The answer I am looking for is its cheaper and better to have set built.
Usually, it's less expensive to buy a 'built' wheelset.........gogene
Aug 27, 2002 8:44 PM
... I bought a the set here:
and have used them for two months now and close to 500 miles. So far zero problems.
training wheelsburdiman
Aug 27, 2002 11:31 PM
I am a clydesdale and use open pro rims built around ultegra hubs with sapim spokes. Crazy strong, reliable and cost around $200
I agree here....Dave Hickey
Aug 28, 2002 6:17 AM
Open pro's or Velocity aeroheads laced to Ultegra hubs. I've seen them all over for about $200. Bullet proof
Without a doubt.Spoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2002 5:04 AM
It's cheaper to buy a factory built wheelset. I can generally buy a complete built wheelset for less than my cost of the components.

On the other hand, factory wheels at the low cost end frequently suck. The guys that I've worked with generally preferred to build the wheels for their personal use. When they wanted one for their wife or girlfriend, however, they've asked me to do it. In a work environment as competitive as the typical bike shop, that is the ultimate compliment!
Aug 28, 2002 7:45 AM
You could take a look at the build specials that CO Cyclist and Excel offer. These are not actually boutique wheels, they are built up out of common stock, but you take advantage of "kit" pricing due to the fact that both are high-volume dealers that pass the savings on to the consumer.

Personally, I am really sold on the Mavic Cosmos. These are about the cheapest "boutique" wheels you can buy, and are nicer than a lot of my competitor's "raceday" wheels. We have four pair in the household and we beat the living bejeepers out of them. I use one set on the 'cross bike, which I regularly ride in mud, sand and on some pretty wicked rocky trails, and also in such notorious "road" races as the Boulder Roubaix. I even (accidentally) took them down a set of nasty waterbars once, the kind that use railroad ties and drop off ~ 18" per step. They're still true as the day I got 'em. So I'm fairly confident that the Cosmos are as bombproof as you can get.
Aug 28, 2002 9:23 AM
I like my Mavic Cosmos, especially once I got the cones setup correctly so that they wouldn't click when throwing the bike around. They can be purchased from overseas at the same price as US-built Open Pro/Ultegra wheels. I have black Cosmos with all black GP3000's on them. They look and ride sweet.

Check or to get current pricing for a set.
$19.99 at Sears!! ;-) -nmgrzy
Aug 28, 2002 7:56 AM