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Winter Wheel Set Recommendation(3 posts)

Winter Wheel Set RecommendationMaartin
Aug 9, 2002 6:15 AM
I am looking for a good spare set of (moderately priced)wheels used for daily commuting. I have been thinking about Dura-ace Hubs with Mavic Open Pro or Velocity Rims thru Colorado Cyclist. I currently have Rolf Vector Comps and want a spare set with more spokes and strength which I will mount Winter Michelin Axial Pros. My terrain is big hills and the usual New England pot holes. Is this set lighter than the Rolfs ? Am I on the right track as far as value ?
Your plan sounds good.Quack
Aug 9, 2002 6:45 AM
I think the wheels will actually end up lighter than the Rolfs. Personally, I run an old set of mountain Deore LX hubs modified to 130mm and some old clicking OPs in the winter. The salt/sand combo in Minnesota destroys the sidewalls of rims and it would be a shame to ruin a brand new set of rims.
Two other possibilitiescory
Aug 9, 2002 7:38 AM
Yours sound good to me, but under those conditions I might be thinking more about durability and low cost than weight. The wheels Rivendell uses on Atlantises & some Rivs have worked great for me--Bontrager rims, Deore hub in back, I forget what in front. Cost $100/$160 front/rear.
For my REAL beater/wet commuter, I think I'm going to get that Velocity Glider wheelset on page 60 of the new Nashbar catalog--$149.95 for Velo rims, 36 Wheelsmith spokes and "a quality alloy hub," whatever that means. Rear spacing is 132.5, so it will (sort of) fit everything I have. That bike gets ridden all winter in salt and slush, and I always feel bad about using expensive wheels on it.