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Race wheels Survey and Question(4 posts)

Race wheels Survey and Questionsctri
Jun 5, 2003 8:40 AM
Who has race specific wheels, or at least wheels that you save for really nice days and importaint rides?
Do you notice a big differnce?

and (x-post from the tri board)
I am looking a good deal on a set of spinergys (rev X)
They are in good condition and come with a set of Schwalbe Blizzard Pros and an ultegra cassette.
It would be about $375 US.

Is this a reasonable expense, I know I dont NEED them... lol (see my post below)

But does anyone have any experiance with them?
Please help, and quick!

Race WheelsMR_GRUMPY
Jun 5, 2003 8:52 AM
I've got wheels for just about any type of race. Most of them are lightweight and tubular. Most of my TT wheels are clinchers because in that sort of race, it doesn't make too much difference.
I've got a used set of Rev X's that I bought for $100. They're OK, but nothing special. A teammember just bought a used set for $200 w/ good tires.
Dave Thomas Speeddreamscyclinseth
Jun 5, 2003 9:00 AM
it's Sun Venus rims with Sapim bladed spokes
front is 16 spoke radial laced to an American Classic Micro hub
rear is 24 spoke on a Hugi 240 triplet (?) spoke pattern, drive is 2 cross, non drive is 1 cross

My regular wheels are mavic open pros, 3x, 32 spoke on ultegra hubs

the difference is enormous. the speeddreams are much more responsive/reactive to acceleration and turning. my bike almost feels a little too twitchy if I haven't ridden them in a while, and they are much easier to get going from stationary position.

I test rode a pair of the rev-x and didn't not like them at all. They acted like a sail in a cross wind and I was nearly blown off the road. and I felt like they were really hard to get going. I climbed a regular hill at about 2mph slower (if that's possible) than with my regular 3-x wheels

hope this helps.
Zipp 303s...biknben
Jun 5, 2003 9:57 AM
I have a pair of Zipp 303 Tubulars. I also have a pair of DA/reflex clincher wheels and a pair of Mavic Cosmos wheels. The difference with the 303s is huge. They are lighter, more aerodynamic, and more shock absorbing. Cruising speed and acceleration was significantly faster. They are a joy to ride.

I originally used them full time. I rebuilt the rear wheel after braking a spoke (climbing) and I'm noticing the braking surface is showing wear on the rims (descending). Now, I just use them for races or more "significant" rides.

In hindsight, I realized that these really are just race wheel. I shouldn't have put so many miles on them. Now that they have aged, it won't hurt so much if they get trashed in a race.