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Real Wheels for Real Folks(9 posts)

Real Wheels for Real FolksMass Biker
May 14, 2001 2:13 PM
Okay then - just to juice things up this Monday, how about opinions/thoughts on the best wheelset that qualifies as "Real Wheels for Real Folks". This means: light, durable, appropriate for training as well as for racing, and under $400 for the pair. Impossible? Let's see.

Hmmm, seems to meRoger
May 14, 2001 2:20 PM
you pretty much described a set of Ultegra hubs/ laced to Mavic open pro's. Not really light, but not heavy either and work well for training and racing, and in the big picture of wheels they're pretty cheap.
re: Real Wheels for Real Folks/ Real thing!!TC
May 14, 2001 2:22 PM
the real thing IMO that fits your criteria would be the Excel Sports Cirrus. Still have some coin leftover for whatever you lust after. Comes in under $300 and is the best of all worlds.

re: Real Wheels for Real FolksMeDotOrg
May 14, 2001 2:23 PM
Have to agree with the previous poster. You can get some pretty good deals from English companies like
Traditional spokes (32h) with best partsKevin M
May 14, 2001 2:27 PM
I just bought a pair of great wheels through my LBS for ~$400. Mavic Open Pro, 32h Record hubs, 14/15 DT spokes. They are wonderful. Not as trendy or lightweight as the newer low spoke count, but I can tune them myself if they ever need tweaking. (This was my only major upgrade from my Daytona Kit for my new DeBernardi.)
Real wheelLazy
May 14, 2001 2:37 PM
Well, Excel has a Zipp 404 front wheel for $399. Does that count?

If not, how 'bout

Mavic Open Pro (28f 32r) $59.95 x 2
50 DT double butted 14-15 spokes: $29.90
50 nipples: $6.50
Record hubset $194.90

Total: $351.20

All prices quoted from Excel Sports. Seems like a pretty decent set of wheels to me.

You can even throw in a Minoura pro truing stand for $49.95 and Jobst Brandt's book for $19.95 and build them yourself for $421.10

What a deal!!!
Ok, so I can't count. You'll need 60 spokes and nipples (nm)Lazy
May 14, 2001 2:39 PM
Adjust price accordingly.
re: Real Wheels for Real Folksfuzzybunnies
May 14, 2001 9:15 PM
Velocity aeroheat rims
60 revolution spokes(28front)
dura ace hubs
SR-3'skeith m.
May 15, 2001 7:34 AM
Mine have been bombproof, fast, relativly light(just over 1700 grams) and they look good when you remove the stickers, people always ask what they are. All for $399 retail. Also come in campy compatible.