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Decent wheelset for light rider(6 posts)

Decent wheelset for light riderSam1
Nov 6, 2002 2:11 PM
I've just purchased my first road frame (Wilier Mortirolo) and am now on a mission to find a wheelset. I'm a total mountain biker and so am clueless as to which wheelset to buy.

I've read posts and listened to countless recommendations, but I'm a slight 110lb on the best of days and all the recommendations I get are from guys who look like they weigh as much as my car.

I'm not planning on racing, just weekend rides with the girls and the odd century, but weight should figure into my equation as I would like the bike to be light, not for poser value, but simply because I am so much smaller than the average guy (or girl for that matter). And also being so slight, I would like wheels that don't make me feel every bump in the road.

Any feedback would be great.
as a fellow road convert...IAmtnbikr
Nov 6, 2002 2:44 PM
take a peek at the American Classic wheelsets. Light, inexpensive, and strong. I had a set built at, they have them for $399 shipped. I am 170 lbs and went with 28-hole rims front and rear, and have had no troubles. 1323 grams for the set, less the qr's. Can go lighter for your weight with a 24-spoke front I would think. Call Mike at his number listed on the website. Or, go right to AC. A great buy in my opinion.
AmClassic 350's or 420'sSmoothie
Nov 7, 2002 7:12 AM
You can pretty much ride anything at your weight. Try the AmClassic 350' could get them down to 1305 or so with a lower spoke count. Or if you want a more aero rim try the AmClassic 420's at around 1420 or less (depends on spoke count)

Like others have said give Mike at a call or call AmClassic directly - they can help you out with the proper spoke count based on your weight, riding style, and road types.

Good luck! AmClassic's rock. (You will have to add between 60grams and 100+ grams for skewers)
wheel selection won't help much...C-40
Nov 6, 2002 3:10 PM
I'm fairly light (135-140). I can assure you that wheels won't make a big difference in the ride for someone of your weight. The frame, tires and saddle will be more important. Avoid aluminum frames (if it's not too late) and choose a good 700x23 tire like Conti GP3000 with 100 psi inflation pressure (maybe less, particularly in front).

I've ridden aero wheels like Campy Shamals (3 sets), more common handbuilt wheels like Open Pro's and CXP-33's (28H with revolution spokes) and most recently Ksyriums. Can't say that any of them was particularly harsh.

Mavic Open Pro's, 28H with revolution spokes everywhere but the right rear will be light, inexpensive and plenty durable. The choice of hub will depend on whether you ride campy or shimano and how much extra you're willing to spend to save a few ounces. With such a body weight advantage, I wouldn't pay much attention to few ounces here or there. You should kill'em on the hills, but you'll get left behind on the flats, where weight makes no difference (just draft the biggest guy you can find).
Anything you likeKerry
Nov 6, 2002 4:28 PM
At your weight, you can use anything you like, including superlight rims, like the ACs. Just be careful on choosing wheels by weight, because 1) some people really fudge their product weights and 2) people trying to sell by weight alone often leave out things like QR skewers. For example, if you leave out the skewers, Chris King and Campy Record hubs are very close in weight (10 gm difference), but most people think that CK hubs are much lighter than Campy Record because the Campy weight is quoted with skewers. You can get a nice, light, solid wheelset with Velocity Aerohead/Record or DA hubs and a low spoke count (28 will serve you well). If you want superlight, you can go with Zipp tubulars, but for a new roadie, that is a poor recommendation.
Nov 8, 2002 1:31 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I think I'm going to go for the AmClassic 350s.

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