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Which wheelset - Spartacus, Ultegra/Open Pro, Aeroheads?(12 posts)

Which wheelset - Spartacus, Ultegra/Open Pro, Aeroheads?kamss
Mar 7, 2003 1:33 PM
i'm looking for a new set of wheels. i'm a 175 pound rider and do not race. i'm looking at the ultegra/open pros, velocity spartacus' and the cane creek aeroheads. i can get all three at about the same price, the aeroheads will be abit more, but cane creek has awesome customer service, which is why i'm leaning that way. i really can't find any info on the velocity wheels other than their website...does anyone know of the quality of the hus they use, how their customer service is? any other wheels i should look at?
cheers...and thanks in advance.
How about Ultegra/Aeroheads?Kerry
Mar 7, 2003 5:10 PM
You can get these built for about $195 at Colorado Cyclist, and you get a very good wheel that's easy to maintain. None of the mysterious magic that imbues the higher priced wheels, but all of the durability, value, and performance of any of the wheels you're considering.
How about Ultegra/Aeroheads?altidude
Mar 7, 2003 5:39 PM
Pretty much what Kerry said. By going with Ultegra hubs and aerohead rims you will have a durable, tough wheelset which has all of its weight savings in the most important part, the rim. I get a kick out of clowns who spend literally $300-400 just on a pair of fanct schmancy Hugi road hubs so that they can trim 100 grams of relatively static weight from their hubs. Then they often turn around and match their $350 hubs to a pair of rims which weigh between 350 and 400 gram a piece and reduce their spoke count a bit and get all giddy about how light their "fast" wheelset is. Gues what, your basic wheel with Ultegra hubs and 405 gram Aerohead rims actually accelerates faster, lots faster because all of its weight savings is out at the rim where all good wheelbuilders know it really matters. Funny though to listen to all the crap and hype talk about 'oh my prebuilts are faster than my open pros or aeroheads." What a bunch of clueless fools, too stupid to even realize that the $600 they just blew on a statically lighter prebuilt wheelset with some stupid looking graphics actually just bought them a slower accelerating wheelset.
How about Ultegra/Aeroheads? AGREEatpjunkie
Mar 7, 2003 6:14 PM
am 200 lbs plus and race cx on Ultegra/Aeroheads (one of my cx bikes) great , strong, fairly light and affordable wheelset.
How about Ultegra/Aeroheads?russw19
Mar 7, 2003 9:30 PM
This arguement is precisely why you should get the Aeroheads from Cane Creek. They take it a step further by putting the spoke nipples at the hub to further lighten the rims, also allowing them to drill smaller holes in the rims means they can use a slightly thinner material and further reduce the weight at the rim. The stainless models are great, but the Team model with the Ti spokes are the best wheelset I have ever riden. And I have riden a lot of what is on the market. It's my job to do so.
By the way, the Cane Creek Aeroheads can be found on sale right now, as they changed the model to the name Volos and they now have an offset rim on the rear wheel for the clinchers.

re: Which wheelset - Spartacus, Ultegra/Open Pro, Aeroheads?gollum
Mar 7, 2003 6:27 PM
get the cane creeks. just got them and i'm amazed how light they feel on the road compared to the 32 spoke DA/OP. hubs are smooth too and the nipples are at the hubs so that must save some weight at the rims.
ditto the cane creeksweiwentg
Mar 7, 2003 6:34 PM
$250 at Supergo. very good wheels.
cane creeksatpjunkie
Mar 7, 2003 7:01 PM
yup, but rim is just an aerohead. only diff is the hub.
cane creeksgollum
Mar 7, 2003 7:09 PM
true but the spoke nipples are also mounted on the hubs on the cane creeks, that must must make some diffference. . . otherwise I figure it'd be similar to the DA/OP route.
cane creeksrussw19
Mar 7, 2003 9:33 PM
Not true... the rim is not drilled the same.. it's drilled to accept the non-threaded end of a straight pull spoke. You can not use the rims with a regular hub because it's not drilled for a nipple.

Also, the hub design is very nice on the Cane Creeks. The rear has their torque drive system which is actually a very cool piece of engineering. Overall, these are some very well designed, and built, wheels.
Definitely the Cane Creeks. >>>yellowpearlz
Mar 9, 2003 5:34 PM
Yes, they are a bit more than your "average" wheelset, but that's because they aren't average. The nipples at the hub is a very clever (and cleen-looking) idea, the hubs are very smooth, and they make your bike accelerate like a rocket... no joke. Just my $.02
re: Which wheelset - Spartacus, Ultegra/Open Pro, Aeroheads?willride4ever
Mar 15, 2003 1:39 PM
How tricky is it to true these Crane creek wheels? How does one 'true' a wheel where the nipples are at the hub? How smooth are the CC hubs compared to the Ultegras?