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Looking for good, inexpensive wheelset(11 posts)

Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetMVN
Sep 5, 2001 8:13 PM
I'm looking to replace the wheels on my Trek 1000. I want something sturdier, but not too expensive. Vuelta 2 Airline's are what's on there (cheesy I know, but what can you do, lol). I won't be racing, just training and commuting. Any recommendations? Thanks for your time.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetGregJ
Sep 5, 2001 8:57 PM
Mavic MA-3 rims built on Shimano 105 hubs should prove quite tough. A lighter set would be Open Pro rims on Ultegra hubs but these will cost you a bit more. Think about what what spokes to get as well. 32 or 36 depending on your weight and local road conditions. I like double butted spokes with brass nipples and 3x lacing for all around riding. Excel has done me well in price and quality in the past, but there are other good sources as well and don't forget any local shops with a good reputation for wheelbuilding.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetDINOSAUR
Sep 5, 2001 9:00 PM
You might want to consider Rolf Vector Comps. Rolf was dropped from the Trek line up and you should be able to get some killer deals on the wheels. I think Rolf has a new line for next year. I've read a lot of bashing about Rolf's but they have been bullet proof for me, over 15K with no problems. Others might say otherwise, but that's my take.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetPogliaghi
Sep 5, 2001 10:20 PM
Shimano 105/Mavic CXP-21 Wheelset. You should be able to get it at most LBS or spend $139 at Supergo. If you go the Supergo route, I'd recommend taking it to a good wheel builder and having the spokes loosened and retensioned. Properly built, the wheels ought to be plenty strong.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetbadabill
Sep 6, 2001 5:03 AM
I have a set of 105/cxp21 wheels that are now used on my cross bike that are nearly bullit proof. If you want to spend a little more for weight savings go with a ultegra/open pro. Laced 3X these two wheelsets are all you need, plus with all the fancy wheels out there you can get great deals on a "conventional" set of wheels.
Supergo has real hubs with velocity rims...keith m
Sep 6, 2001 6:11 AM
for $149.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetJim
Sep 6, 2001 6:30 AM
Inexpensive being relative to $'s and how many miles you travel I would recommend Colorado Cyclist build you a set of wheels with Mavic rims on Ultegra hubs. I have had 3 sets of Mavic wheels from CC over the years. I average 6000-6500 miles per year and have found the Mavic builds by CC rarely need truing. My choices for rims have been Open Pro, CXP30 and CXP33. You can visit their website of check out their catalog. Good luck.
Big ditto on CC wheels. My 5 year old Reflexes are aces (nm)RhodyRider
Sep 6, 2001 8:41 AM
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetRandyMH
Sep 6, 2001 7:16 AM
I just bought a set of the Mavic Cosmos. They run about $300.00 a set but are a great deal for the money. Check out this site, it will give you more info about the wheels.
re: Looking for good, inexpensive wheelsetgilmand
Sep 6, 2001 8:05 AM
As others have pointed out, there are relatively good deals available from various places (perhaps a local shop) when you look past factory wheelsets to, e.g., Ultegra hubs laced to Open Pro rims.

You might also check out la bicicletta's blowout page on their web site. I don't know what you consider inexpensive, but they have good sale prices on Cane Creek wheels (I picked up a pair of Cane Creek Deep V road wheels for 349 bucks--most places charge about 600).
Check out SdealsMe Dot Org
Sep 6, 2001 9:25 AM
...they can make you a pair of Mavic Open Pros with Ultegra hubs for around $200. (If you're outside the Euoropean Economic Community, you don't pay the 17.5% Value Added Tax).

I had them build me a pair of Open Pros with Chorus Hubs. Crashed the bike into the back of a car going around 18 mph. Bent both the top tube and the down tube, frame is toast, I got 10 stiches in my chin.

The front wheel, which took the brunt of the impact, is still perfectly true.