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road race and crit wheelsetmap1
Jan 18, 2004 6:03 PM
I am looking for a solid racing wheelset for my new Specialized E5. Any suggestions?
How much money you got?Kerry Irons
Jan 18, 2004 7:23 PM
If you want "the best" crit wheel, then go with a Zipp 303 wheel. To save the weight, you must get the tubular, but is very light and aero. Crits are the only place that a light wheel (actually a light rim) offers an advantage over the same amount of weight saved elsewhere on the bike or rider. $1350. If you are budget restricted, then get a Record or DA hub, DT Revolution spokes, and a Velocity Aerohead wheel set. Around $300 and not many grams heavier than the Zipp 303 clincher wheel (which also costs $1350).
How much money you got?Woof the dog
Jan 18, 2004 7:43 PM
Kerry, don't be rediculous. He will be paying for a new pair every year

How much money you got?schills
Jan 18, 2004 10:03 PM
So. . . . for crits you'd suggest zipp 303s over Zipp 404s?
You're right , 404 is a better crit wheel (nm)Kerry Irons
Jan 19, 2004 8:41 PM
Spend less on wheels, more on racingFender
Jan 20, 2004 4:05 PM
That's what my coach said to me once a while back. Since then I'm about to build a wheelset with DA hubs, DT Revolution spokes and IRD Cadence rims (390 grams per rim). Nothing fancy, just a stiff, responsive wheel. I'm also going to buy a pair of Spinergys for TT's off a buddy for $200. I estimate spending about $300 between both wheels sets(already have the hubs and rims are a sponsor discount).

In crits, there is no need for an aero wheel, unless you plan to break away from the pack in lap one and hold it for 45 minutes. If your just drafting and waiting to jump at the end, an aero wheel will make zero difference.

Besides, with the money I'm saving, I can travel to races or take hot girls on dates.
I got a good oneniteschaos
Jan 18, 2004 7:24 PM
Ultegra Hubs laced 3 cross to DT Revolution spokes (except on drive side where you should use 14g straight for responsiveness) using Open Pro rims. Used these from crits to light cyclecross and never needed trueing. I also train on these wheels as they are my only wheelset. After 3000 miles on them I've never had to touch them since I got them from CC. I'm 190 and a sprinter in Atlanta, so I'm not the easiest on gear. They've never held me back or let me down.
re: road race and crit wheelsetMShaw
Jan 19, 2004 10:47 AM
Yeah, several suggestions! If you hunt around, you CAN find a pair of Zipps for a reasonable price. I just bought a pair of 404s for $450.

My Ritchey Pro wheels are a good compromise between light and aero. They seem to do well in short, turny crits. As an added bonus, if you look around, you can find them for dirt cheap.

Older Mavic Cosmics or Campy Shamals are about the most aero things made according to some of the tests I've seen. The drawback is that they're a little heavy. I ride these on more wide open circuit race-type races where accelerating out of corners isn't so much of an issue.

If you're doing climbing races, then GL330s and D/A hubs are always a good choice.

I've had people try and tell me that those aero wheels don't help. All I gotta say is for you to try some of these wheels by yourself before you plunk down your hard-earned money. You've got to have buds with at least some of the wheelsets above for you to try.

ZIPP 404 clydesdale wheelset.JS
Jan 19, 2004 12:43 PM
Originally designed for big triathletes these wheels make an awesome all around racing wheelset, light (1350g) aero, bomber(more spokes than standard) and......expensive, oh well two outta three ain't bad.