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Looking for recommendations on wheelset(5 posts)

Looking for recommendations on wheelsetRobj
Jun 27, 2001 9:26 AM
I just bought a 2001 Cannondale R600. I would like to get a second wheelset that is an upgrade over stock performance-wise. I don't plan on racing but I like to go relatively fast. I'd like something durable and relatively comfortable that isn't too expensive ($500 and up). I'm 6'0 and weigh 190 lbs. Should I be looking at something used or new? Should the wheelset include a Shimano 105 cartridge? How about the Mavic Cosmos? Is that a good choice? I would appreciate any suggestions.
Get a good set built up...Mike Prince
Jun 27, 2001 9:34 AM
I had a similar issue when building up a new bike recently and decided to get a good set handbuilt vs. buying a pre-built wheelset. For under $300 I got Dura-Ace hubs laced to 32-hole Mavic Open Pros with 14/15 DT double butted spokes. These are far lighter than the Mavic Classics Pros on my other bike (or the Cosmos you mention) and as far as I can tell are just as strong. In my opinion it's hard to beat a well-built set of handmade wheels. If you are looking to save money, go with Ultegra hubs.

Mike

PS - Enjoy the bike!
re: Looking for recommendations on wheelsetMeDotOrg
Jun 27, 2001 9:42 AM
You can great deals on custom wheels from England. Try http://www.totalcycling.com or http://www.sdeals.com. Sdeals sold me a set of Mavic Open Pros with Campy Chorus hubs and DT Aero Spokes for about $290. They currently have the Cosmos for $171.71 a pair.
Good experience with www.sdeals.com?Bruno S
Jun 27, 2001 1:23 PM
For $172 I would like to buy a pair of Cosmos. Did everything went smooth with your purchase from the UK?
Good experience with www.sdeals.com?MeDotOrg
Jun 27, 2001 2:44 PM
Sdeals took a couple of weeks to BUILD the wheels. I've ordered several other items (a lot of tires - again pretty good prices compared to some places in the states) and the delivery was prompt. I think they are a little backed up on building wheels, though.

In all other ways they have been fine.