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ok, your final say on wheels for trinewbie
Feb 24, 2002 1:53 PM
I'm a second year tri guy, with some crappy wheels. Problem is i have no clue where to go next. I've heard that Ksyriums, Rolfs and Spynergy are the way to go(and i've seen there are some real deals to be had online), then I've been told that you MUST get aero wheels, HED?
Ideally, I'd like to get a pair that I can train and race on, I don't have the funds for more than one wheel set this summer, any ideas?

And now my question...
what do you race and train on and why?
re: ok, your final say on wheels for trigregdogg62
Feb 26, 2002 6:44 AM
I train on a heavy pair of 32 spoke wheels. Nothing trick about these. I race on a pair of Mavic Carbones. You can find good deals on these used on ebay and here. $400-500
If you are looking for a pair of wheels for racing and training, I would look at Rolfs or Ksyriums. Rolfs are super durable. I used to have pair that I would race on. They are semi- aero and not too heavy. Deep rim wheels are nice for racing, but I wouldn't want to use them for training( wind, etc). I would say, stay away from Spinergy. I know alot of people who have had problems with them. Not very durable.
Why train and race on the same wheels?brider
Feb 27, 2002 6:56 AM
I've seen this statement so many times, and it just boggles my mind. Why does getting a new set of wheels mean that you can't use the wheels you have? I remember a well-heeled road racer who said "train heavy, race light." Me, I train on heavy 36-spoke Mavic Open 4CDs (old, but bulletproof), standard Ultegra hubs. Race on 32 or 28 spokers on Mavic Open 4CDs or MA40s for road races/crits (again, old), or HED3s for TTs and tris. I agree that if you're going to get race wheels (for tri's), then aero is the way to go. Keep the wheels you have for training.
Why train and race on the same wheels?jswhern
Feb 28, 2002 4:24 PM
Purchase what you can and pay cash for them and leave the untouchables to the Tri-geeks and the sponsors that buy them. If you use plastic then you can not afford them.
re: ok, your final say on wheels for triSteveO
Mar 22, 2002 7:39 AM
i train AND race on mavic opens. Soley because i can afford them (Came on the bike). I guess if i were so competetive that a de minimus gain would benefit my placing, i might pay the bucks for some racing wheels....but in the meantime, theyre more than adequate.
Don't waste it on wheelsliu02bhs
Mar 31, 2002 3:57 PM
I have a no name brand 32X heavy wheel with 23.5 mm profile before I bought my Spinergy. There is no appreciable gain of speed. I bike the same route in similar conditions (it's a loop and the tree blocks a lot of the wind) for the same distance on both wheels, and the average mph are about the same (20 mph range). In fact I had the fastest non-drafting average on the heavy wheel (20.9 mph). Just overhaul your hubs, but be sure to replace all the ball bearings. It smoothed out my ride a lot. Now I don't even use my Spinergy, it just sits there. But I don't want to sell it, because the market price is a bit too low. I'll just wait until I get faster. Aero wheels doesn't make a significant contribution at low speeds.