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What are the Best Wheels(6 posts)

What are the Best WheelsMarketing Dept
Oct 29, 2003 8:39 AM
Considering price, weight and over-all performance, which set of wheels are you best pleased with?

I want to carry the best for the price in my shop. I currently swear by the tried and true Ultegra/Chorus hub with Mavic Open Pro.

For the price, I just have not been able to beat the combo. And to be honest, I can buy them from Wheelsmith for about the same price that I could spec and build myself.

Do any of you have other recommendations?

Here are the categories:

1.Every day use-
2.Racing-Crit
3.Racing-Road
4.Time Trialing
re: What are the Best Wheelsdivve
Oct 29, 2003 8:59 AM
I'll forgo listing a plethora of wheel combos. I'm sure you pretty much got that figured out. I just though you might be interested in the new road RR 1.1 rim by DT Swiss. It's claimed to be a bit lighter than OP and has a slightly higher profile...sounds like an attractive alternative, especially considering how well their MTB rim has been received.

http://www.dtswiss.com/index.asp?fuseaction=rims.bikedetail&id=8
re: What are the Best Wheelsrussw19
Oct 29, 2003 9:10 AM
Let me give you a little hint Marketing Department... this tends to cost many small shop owners tons of money and a few years to figure out.. I will give you this advice for free....

Only stock what your customers are buying! If your customers are buying Open Pro/Dura-Ace wheels, stock them. If your customers are buying Ksyriums, stock them... if they are buying Bontragers or American Classics, stock those. But don't go out and start to stock wheels that your customers are not coming in asking you to order for them unless you want to have them sit on your sales floor for months or you want to ultimately end up selling them on ebay in 4 months. If you do otherwise, you are a fool. Every single product that spends time on your sales floor is wasting your money. Money you could have instead spent overnighting a wheel you don't stock for a customer that has to have it now.

If you must keep some exotic boutique wheels in stock, stock the mid line wheels and special order the high end ones. If you really want to impress a customer, hire a fantastic wheelbuilder and let him/her build a couple pairs of sweet handbuilt wheels for what some of the boutique wheels cost and let them tell the customer why the wheel they built is that much better.

But as a shop owner, you should know that your customer and client base is regionalized to your particular area. Cater to that market, not what all of us here spread out across internet land think are what your customers would want.

Free advice, take it as such.

Russ
re: What are the Best Wheels_jim_
Oct 29, 2003 6:54 PM
sigh, another guy sold on the whole mavic rim concept

take russ's advice and carry what your customer's want. having an open mind helps, instead of listening to stupid marketing bs
Round ones? :-) (nm)innergel
Oct 30, 2003 8:20 AM
re: What are the Best WheelsAJS
Oct 31, 2003 1:49 AM
I've never had a bad Campy rim or wheelset. If I had a shop, I'd push Campy parts over Shimano - but that's just me.