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Wheelset decision - Argh!!!(4 posts)

Wheelset decision - Argh!!!turbo6bar
Dec 2, 2003 12:50 PM
I have a few choices on my new bike:
1) Campagnolo Zonda
2) handbuilt Campy Centaur hubs + any rims
3) American Classic 350s

I weigh 155 lbs and ride on good roads. I'm leaning towards the 350s due to serviceability (only $70 for a wheel rebuild) and weight. I actually asked about a custom build with AC hubs + Aerohead rims, but Clive states I'm paying a lot of money for increased weight over the 350s, but it was my choice. In other words, instead of Velocity Aeroheads + AC hubs, I could get similar performance from Centaurs with Open Pros with a savings in cost.

Regardless of the wheelset I choose, I will probably scout for a good wheelset on Ebay as a spare wheelset.

I don't think the Zondas are a great choice. Heavier, and same performance as a standard handbuilt wheel.

I read all the reviews and searched the archives here. I'm still leaning AC 350s, unless someone has a convincing argument. I anticipate the 350s will require more attention over time, but I hope that isn't more often than once every 2 months. Even if I went with a bulletproof wheelset, I'd still want a spare, just in case.

BTW, I ride, or I should say I did ride 150-175 miles/week. I had an accident with a motorist, thus the reason for my new bike.

Been happy with my Centaur/OPs ...HouseMoney
Dec 2, 2003 2:45 PM
Had them for a little over a year now and they've proven to be reliable, bomb-proof, and low (practically no) maintenance. I weigh ~ 165 lbs. Once hit a pothole that pinch flatted both my front & rear tires, and the wheels didn't skip a beat. Nothing fancy, but they get the job done. After this winter, mine'll become my spare set.
re: Wheelset decision - Argh!!!lyleseven
Dec 2, 2003 8:21 PM
Read the reviews on the 350 hubs and you may change your mind. I agree that the Centaur hub with OPs are might durable wheels and certainly aren't slow. Campy Zondas are good wheels also.
re: Wheelset decision - Argh!!!Greg B
Dec 3, 2003 6:29 AM
The current AC hub is not problematic. I have a set of AC350's with a current rear hub and have ZERO problems.

If you go with AC350's get CURRENT wheels with Sprint rims, they are deeper and stronger than last years regular 350 rim. Have them built for a rider weight greater than your actual weight and you should have no problem. I ride mine everyday - approx. 150 miles a week. I like them.