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The deal with wheels(3 posts)

The deal with wheelsbox social
Dec 31, 2003 7:03 AM
Ok, so I just scored this killer deal on ebay in which I ended up with a serotta colorado tg with 600 components. I know a lot about mtb's and their respective components but I know nothing of roadie gear. What's the deal with wheels? What's best for all-around riding? What's a crit wheel? Why tubular? Why not? Is their really that much difference between some crazy set of 2500 wheels and my 600/mavic reflex rig? Thanks.
The reflex is a good rimbimini
Dec 31, 2003 8:02 AM
It is about predecessor of the Open Pro. They still make a tubular version of it. If the rim and hub bearings are in good shape you have a great set of all around riding and training wheels. I have raced both Open Pros and Reflex and at times do okay. Unless, you are out to win races at high levels of competition the Reflex are fine.

I'm a campy guy so I won't comment on the 600 other than I believe it was the middle of the road line a few years back.

Crit wheels need to be STIFF and light helps. We can also argue as to if they need to be aero. Lots of changes in intensity and speed in Crit racing.

Tubulars will also start an argument. In modern racing there are camps that are pro clincher and pro tubular. Tubulars use to be the only way to get low rolling resistance, high pressure and a suble ride. Modern high end clinchers come close to tubulars without some of the hassles.

Stick with your current package for awhile. There is nothing wrong with it. As you find what type of road riding or racing you like you can buy upgrades to match. You may find if you get addicted to road riding you will end up getting a second, third or fourth bike anyway.
The reflex is a good rim, 600 are good parts.MShaw
Dec 31, 2003 9:14 AM
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Stick with your current package for awhile. There is nothing wrong with it. As you find what type of road riding or racing you like you can buy upgrades to match. You may find if you get addicted to road riding you will end up getting a second, third or fourth bike anyway.

Smartest thing I've heard in a while!

Here's hoping the OP bought the right size...

Best use of money right now: fit session with someone that KNOWS what they're doing. Bad fit = slow. Good fit = fast!

Heck, I own three pair of aero wheels and I still train on MA40, Reflex, or Ritchey, rimmed wheels. There's something to be said for bombproof.

That help?

Mike