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POLL: what's the best frame/wheel combo for climbing?(5 posts)

POLL: what's the best frame/wheel combo for climbing?crashjames
Sep 5, 2003 4:55 AM
Taking an informal poll here as I consider choices for my next bike. I live in a very hilly area, so I'm looking for people's choices for the best climbing frame and wheel combo.
C40; Campy Hyperon (stiff and light) nmDougSloan
Sep 5, 2003 5:49 AM
The absolute lightest you can afford. nmMXL02
Sep 5, 2003 6:35 AM
the "best" combo isn't going to be an all aroundThe Human G-Nome
Sep 5, 2003 11:36 AM
the "best" combo isn't going to be an all around bike or set of wheels that you'll want to trash on your training rides. if you're looking for "the best", you can buy one of several bikes made out of U2 aluminum offered by several manufacturers weighing in the neighborhood of 2 lbs and having a rider weight limit (some even have a tire pressure limit) and one of several carbon fiber wheel sets that will easily run you in the neighborhood of 1500 for the set and weight around 1100 to 1300 grams for the set. of course, you don't want or need "the best" unless you're either racing hilly road races or you just have money to blow out your arse.

if you just want a "good" combo, buy a light, stiff aluminum frame and some light wheels (ala Kysiriums or Neutrons or Velomax or Mavic Open Pros) and have it. you're not going to notice any real difference in performance unless you're really a competitive racer.
re: POLL: what's the best frame/wheel combo for climbing?lyleseven
Sep 7, 2003 8:19 AM
You can spend a lot of money to get light wheelsets. I spent $550 on a set of Dave Thomas' Speedreams and I can tell you they are fantastic wheels for the money. They are under 1500 grams and they cllimb beautifully as well as ride smoothly. I also have a set of Neutrons and Ksyrium SL's, which are great wheels, but Dave's Speedreams are the best riding and best climbing wheels I have ridden. Can't compare them to a $1,500 set, nor would I justify that kind of money unless my last name was Armstrong. As for the bike, I have a light steel and a Ti bike and they are both about the same on climbs. Aluminum is a bit faster climbing, but I don't have the money for a kidney transplant saved up, so opt for Ti and steel!