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Colorado Cyclist or Excel for Wheelset and...(long)(12 posts)

Colorado Cyclist or Excel for Wheelset and...(long)JL
Aug 4, 2003 8:22 AM
I've decided to get a new wheelset, but nothing boutique. I was thinking 32H with 14/15G spokes and brass nipples. Any other suggestions? I'm not so sure about 2X vs. 3X. FYI, I'm between 170-180 and ride on pretty good roads in PA. The Vector Comps I use have held up well with only 3 truings (mostly in the last 2K of 6500 miles).

The cost between CC and Excel is about the same, but I see more people recommending CC. Are they the better choice or just the better known?

Would a build like Excel's Cirrus Wheelset be too light for me? Another build suggestion?

Thanks for any help.

180 lb rider riding on horrible roadsniteschaos
Aug 4, 2003 9:58 AM
I got the CC custom Ultegra wheelset with Open Pro rims in a 32 hole drilling done 3-cross all the way around. 14/17 up front and non-drive side with Al nipples and 14/15 with brass nips on the drive side. After 1000 miles in Atlanta on all sorts of bad surfaces and big hits I've never touched them. They didn't even have a break in period. Stayed true from mile one and feel great in the turns. I got them to race and train on. I was afraid I went too light, but they are very strong and may be overkill. I wouldn't go any less than a 32 hole rear just in case a freak spoke did break 60 miles out, I could still ride home.
re: 200+ lb. on Cirrus, no problemsMike Prince
Aug 4, 2003 11:14 AM
They needed touch-up truing after the first few rides and they have not been touched since (7k miles). I would buy another set without hesitation and also say that you would be fine on them. My riding is on mixed road conditions and I am not the gentlest on wheels. IMO these wheels are some of the best I've ridden.
Both CC and Excel get positive recommendationsKerry Irons
Aug 4, 2003 4:56 PM
Make your choice on something else (like color). It appears that both companies build a quality wheel at competitive prices. 3x will be a more durable wheel, but not by a lot. There's really no "reason" to go with 2x over 3x. A 32 3X will be plenty durable.
while we are on the subject, what about....theweasonator
Aug 4, 2003 6:29 PM
Performance's build quality? They will be stocking their preassembled DA/MO with 3 cross 14/15 this week. They are 249 plus I have 20% coupon as opposed to 295 for Excel. Does anyone know whether Excel will work with you on pricematching?

I know the build quality is excellent at CC and Excel, but is is worth it to try the Performace in house builds?
Just got mine from Performance two monthes ago..Qubeley
Aug 4, 2003 7:04 PM
using the 20% coupon of course, DA/OP/DT-32-3X, turned out to be $230 shipped to my door.
Excellent built, I put 500+ miles on it, haven't need to true it yet.
Just got mine from Performance two monthes ago..theweasonator
Aug 4, 2003 7:52 PM
Just out of curiosity, did you weigh them when you received them? thanks...
Nope. Very light though. nmQubeley
Aug 5, 2003 5:14 AM
Thanks for the replies, looks like a coin toss. (nm)JL
Aug 5, 2003 5:05 AM
re: Colorado Cyclist or Excel for Wheelset and...(long)ukiahb
Aug 5, 2003 8:16 AM
I've bought two sets of wheels from CC (one was on a complete bike), and both are excellent. However, I had a minor warranty problem w/ the bike and CC was totally uncooperative (a long story) so I no longer do business w/ them. Have heard that Excel is better on warranty issues but have not had to return anything yet...otherwise they have been good to deal with, no mistakes on my orders and they ship quickly.
I just ordered mine from Performance (longer)theweasonator
Aug 5, 2003 6:33 PM
They are listed as out of stock on the web. I called and spoke (no pun) to their tech dept and they said they would be building a new batch this week and would be available by Friday and they are on sale for $229. They are silver rims, with 14/15 DB 3 cross brass nipples. I used my 20% coupon which basically negated tax and shipping and mine are came out to like 217 to my door. I'll be replacing the skewers with Performance Q-Pros and this will save me 40 grams off the DAs

Worst case, I can take them to my LBS and they will true them for me...

Good luck...
re: Colorado Cyclist or Excel for Wheelset and...(long)scmaddog17
Sep 4, 2003 7:34 PM
i got my first set of wheels from C.C. back around 12yrs ago. i had mavic open 4cd rims built with ultegra hubs with 14/15 spokes and i still use them today even after racing on them for 5yrs in the Boston area. never had a problem with them, never even had to true them up!! i would recommend C.C. and mavic. good luck.