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New Race Wheels Recommendation(10 posts)

New Race Wheels Recommendationkinger
Jan 4, 2003 4:44 PM
(repost from general discussion as it might be more pertinent here)

Ok, the first races start early February here in AZ and I need to procure a new set of race wheels. These wheels will be for racing only. I do and will train on another pair. I am 6'1" and my race weight is between 160 and 165. I want the usual, light and stiff. Wheels I'm considering:

Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL
Bontrager Race-X Lite
Velomax Ascent Comp
American Classic CR350
Zipp 303 (probably out of my budget)

I prefer clincher but will consider tubulars. I've heard mostly good things about the Ksyrium's and the Race x lites but haven't heard or read much about the Velomax wheels. I'm intrigued by the light weight of the CR350's but am concerned about stiffness. My budget is $600 max but preferably closer to $500. Basically, I'm looking for opinions on these wheelsets as well as recommendations to consider others and why.

Thanks in advance!
re: New Race Wheels RecommendationMATT5900
Jan 5, 2003 3:17 PM
Hi, i have both the Ksyrim and the Race X-lites. I think the only difference i can tell is the Race Lites are lighter. I would be willing to sell the Race X-lites for $500. These wheel are are almost brand new they came off my new trek 5900. The rear has only about 30miles on it and the front i used at a couple of races. The wife says one wheel set has to go. If you aren't interested and have some questions on the wheels, just e-mail me and i'll be glad to answer any questions you may have on either wheel set.

Thanks, Matt Cunningham
re: New Race Wheels RecommendationCARBON110
Jan 6, 2003 5:57 AM
Go with the x lites or some cane creek wheels for less cash. If you have a set of wheels you can trade them in with can creek right now and get $200 to o to a NEW whelset. The 2003 are lighter then x lites and much nicer.. how do i know..... they are built a few miles from my house:)
re: American Classic "350" periodSteve A
Jan 6, 2003 10:13 AM
I have had great luck with the American classic "350" best value for your $$$$ light strong fast, and they are way in your budget.
try to get some used Zippsweiwentg
Jan 6, 2003 1:02 PM
if not, I think you can get Ascents pretty cheap on eBay. those or the 350s would do ya; the 350 rim is apparently very thin, and one poster warped his rim when his tire blew off.
your budgetNo_sprint
Jan 7, 2003 12:43 PM
I don't know where you plan on getting stuff, however, at $500, aren't the SSC SL, Ascent Comp and 303s way out of your budget? I can get some pretty sweet deals nothing like $500 for 303s, new. At CC, the SSC SLs are going for $800 plus tax and shipping. The sweetest deal I've seen on 303s is not available to the public and it was not $500. I have not scoured the internet for the best deals, so perhaps you can do a lot better. Last I checked, retail for the Ascent Pros were $1200 and Bontragers at $750. I think the American Classic will max your budget with no sponsorship deal. I have a pair of 420s and like them so far. Best of luck. Good wheels are pricey, that's why I only have 4 sets. :)
Shop aroundkinger
Jan 7, 2003 3:35 PM
Check eBay ... $500-$600 will buy any of those new (some will be less) and a used ZIPP 303 wheelset won't be much more.
In my email, I stated new, not used.No_sprint
Jan 8, 2003 10:46 AM
I've never bought a used set of wheels.
For $500bugleboy
Jan 9, 2003 8:21 PM
I would recommend either the mavic Ksyrium elites or the Cane Creek. I thinkt that Cane Creek just redesigned their aluminum rim wheels. The Volas? I wouldn't buy anything used.
re: New Race Wheels Recommendationdmurraypa
Jan 15, 2003 8:56 PM
I have been looking for wheels, someone on a cycling newsgroup told me about a web site:
This guy, Mike Garcia, builts and sell wheels reasonable.
Using American classis 350 rims, he can build a set of clinchers weighing 1310g for $399 delivered !!! The wheels are a little to light for me. I am trying to speak with Mr. Garcia to build me a light set.

Where is AZ do you live? I live in Phoenix. Today was a great day to ride !!! Tomorrow will be another, riding up South Mountain.

Dave Murray