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What wheels good for commuting?(8 posts)

What wheels good for commuting?ortman
Nov 11, 2003 9:21 PM
I have a Gunnar Crosshairs, used for commuting, that will need new wheels soon. It currently has Mavic CXP 11s which seem to work OK, but it's my first bike with drop bars so I really have nothing to compare it to. I've seen Mavic CXP 21s and CXP 33s out there, as well as Mavic Open Pros. Araya TX 310s also seem to be the choice by some. What are some recommendations, without spending a whole lot of $? Thanks.
re: What wheels good for commuting?fraser
Nov 11, 2003 10:08 PM
i was running cxp21's for a while. had trouble with the spokes before a rebuild, although a bit sluggish great for commuting. i now ride/race on mavic open pro cd's. i find them light enough to race on. strong enough to bump around on and great on long rides. if you can afford them they will do all this for you but if you dont need "semi race" wheels your $$$
re: What wheels good for commuting?T-Doc
Nov 12, 2003 7:29 AM
I like CXP33, but they are pricey...
re: What wheels good for commuting?commuterguy
Nov 12, 2003 5:16 AM
I have commuted over 8K miles on plain vanilla Mavic Open Pros. I haven't had any problems, despite inflicting a lot of punishment on them (potholes, other pavement irregularities, occasional semi-cyclocross detours).

I have heard, and don't have reason to disagree, that who builds the wheel is as important as what kind of rims you have. I got my wheels from Colorado Cyclist. If you want to be sure of durability, get 36 14 guage spokes, in a 3 cross pattern.
I like MA-3's.dzrider
Nov 12, 2003 7:03 AM
They are rugged, light enough, cheap enough and handle 35c tires easily. They have been on the market with various numbers for many years which, more than anything else, tells me they're a proven value.
I like MA-3's tooKeeponTrekkin
Nov 12, 2003 8:09 AM
For the same reasons.

Commuterguy is right about build quality. I've ridden both well built and poorly built wheels. The difference is durability. A properly tensioned, well built wheel will be essentially trouble free. Weight and use determine lacing pattern & spoke gauge. For more on the subject, visit and ask Uncle Al.

Seek and trust shop recommendations from someone who uses what you want. Lots of shops say they build wheels well; fewer actually do.
Cheap at JensonUSApitt83
Nov 12, 2003 10:13 AM
Built on 105 hubs for $120 a pair. Good value.
re: What wheels good for commuting?jrm
Nov 12, 2003 10:19 AM
Im riding 32H OP's with CK hubs on my road/commuter/urban assualt bike. The only real dif is the tires i use at any given time of the year. IMO op's with any kind of sealed hub is the best way to go.