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Inherited wheels-keep or replace?(6 posts)

Inherited wheels-keep or replace?dawgcatchr
Sep 4, 2003 1:00 PM
I am currently riding a set of very nice, but overbuilt, wheels. They are 14g laced to Fir Zenith rims, Chorus hubs. They came off of a used bike that I bought-so far I have about 1500 miles on the wheels this summer. Here is the deal-these wheels seem pretty stiff for a 32 hole wheel-is it due to the sturdy spokes and rim (530grams for the Zenith)? I ride some pretty rough chip-seal roads. Not to mention that they are pretty heavy-ok for training, but I don't know if they would be the ideal choice for racing (I calculated the weight of the wheels based on mfg. specs at 2020 grams w/o skewers). I am only 150 lbs, and pretty sure I don't need such a bombproof wheel (I never have before, anyway).

Will a set of lighter wheels (say 14/15 Chorus/OP) be a little more compliant that these wheels? What about the weight difference-noticeable or not to worry about?
wheels aren't compliantgtx
Sep 4, 2003 1:12 PM
There is no (or basically zero) vertical compliance in any spoked bicycle wheel. But if you want lighter, go for it
Website to check outMr Nick
Sep 4, 2003 1:43 PM
A few posts down, this website got posted.

http://www.bike.com/template.asp?date=8%2F1%2F2001&lsectionnumber=6

It is a very interesting article about weight, intertia and aerodynamics of wheels and how little affect all of it has. Especially if you aren't an elite athlete. Read it and I think you will find something else you can spend your money on.
cool article nmgtx
Sep 4, 2003 1:53 PM
If it ain't broke, don't fix it...MShaw
Sep 4, 2003 2:17 PM
Both?Humma Hah
Sep 4, 2003 2:33 PM
Personally, those wheels are about 4 spokes shy of a full set for my tastes.

If you want a really nice set of racing wheels, sure, you can do that. But then you're gonna start whining about having an old frame that you bought used, and the next thing you know you're gonna be looking at a custom-fitted C-40 or some such, and put the nice new wheels on THAT, and then what you gonna run on the old bike?

Keep 'em. Buy some new ones, too. You can leave them set up for two different sets of tires for different riding needs.