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need wheel advice...more...gspring
Jan 4, 2004 4:46 PM
I am 185 - 195 lbs
Cadence isn't the best (80 - 90)
Roads around here have good surface for the most part.
Most of my riding is done on rolling hills, a moderate amount of climbs, both long and short-and-steep.
Now my wheelset is speed dreams, the rear dave had to bore out and put 13 guage spokes in because i continued to brake spokes and the front flexes a pretty good bit when i'm climbing and/or sprinting.
I really need a good pair of training wheels but i thought i might just put a little more $ with it and go with a higher end, possibly used wheelset.
I have the chance to buy a good set of rev-x but my gear geek riding buddy says they suck.
He says DA hubs and open pros would be a better wheel for around three hundred bucks and much lighter.
What would you suggest?
Any advice appreciated.
train on heavy on deck baseball players with bats (nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 4, 2004 4:50 PM
Your friend's advice is spot onKerry Irons
Jan 4, 2004 5:45 PM
You might even consider whether you need/want to spend that much for a second set of wheels. You could knock it down to Ultegra or even 105 and still have very serviceable wheels. Short of carbon fiber rims on wheels made for tubulars, all the boutique wheels on the planet will not offer much/any advantage over a Record or DA hub with Open Pros or Velocity Aeroheads.
re: need wheel advice...more...penguinitis
Jan 4, 2004 6:29 PM
A couple of my friends used to ride RevX wheels some years ago. They were endless problems. Open Pro rims on a nice hub would be a great wheelst. Better yet at your weight would be CXP33's. They are just a little heavier and an even stronger rim. Build them up with 14/15 double butted spokes and brass nipples and you will have a light and durable wheelset and nice looking to boot.
re: need wheel advice...more...Natchez
Jan 4, 2004 8:48 PM
I think you should get those heavy out of true rev-x wheels so when you drop me you can say "look I droped you on that hill and I was riding these heavy tri geek wheels" Then with a smug look on your face you would say dude " you can't go fast if you don't go fast"
re: need wheel advice...more...gspring
Jan 5, 2004 5:16 AM
"Droped" has two p's in it you dope!
Did you even go to school?
I've decided to get a 105 wheelset and put a disc kit on it.
That's not too tri geeky is it?
re: need wheel advice...more...MShaw
Jan 5, 2004 10:25 AM
WTF are you doing to your wheels to break spokes?

I'm 187 right now (off-season/"screw-its" conspired to help me gain 15#...) and am still riding my Ritchey Pro wheels, as well as all of my 32-spoke OP/Ritchey rims with no problems whatsoever.

I'd say buy yourself a pair of Open Pros or Velocity Aeroheads. If you're real concerned about breaking spokes, I'd go 36-spokes in the rear with butted spokes and brass nipples. For the front I'd stay 32-spoke and 3x lacing.

Your front wheel radial? If it is, get it relaced 3x for sprinting etc. At your (our) weight, radial front wheels are OK for JRA, but not so good for sprinting, etc. If it isn't radially laced, well... (scratching head) I dunno.

I'm scared of the RevXs. I haven't seen one break lately, but... Reputation, y'know.

If you want aero, go Zipp/Corima/Reynolds/Am. Classic/Velocity DeepV etc. Get an aero wheelset built for your build/riding style. I'd stay away from aero front wheels with fewer than 24 spokes and rear wheels with fewer than 28.

That help?