Any advice on wheels?

smaidment
smaidment Posts: 30
edited June 2009 in Road buying advice
Hi

Having ridden well over 6000 miles on my front wheel and >3000miles on the rear wheel, I think it's about time to treat my bike to a new set!

I generally use my bike (trek 1200) for fast road riding and some racing. I'm 55 kg but often carry panniers on the back of the bike, which can be pretty heavy ?30-40kg at times.

Any ideas for a strong but fast set of wheels - preferably under the £150 mark?

Thanks,
Sarah

Comments

  • sub55
    sub55 Posts: 1,025
    £150 no hope
    constantly reavalueating the situation and altering the perceived parameters accordingly
  • smaidment
    smaidment Posts: 30
    Ok - they don't have to be uber-fast/ uber-light or uber-top-of-the-range!

    I was looking at the Shimano RS10 Wheelset: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... t-09-34040 - around £120 from Ribble.

    Any thoughts? Would they be strong enough?

    Sarah
  • APIII
    APIII Posts: 2,010
    Hi, why not keep the wheels you've got when you need to use your panniers and get something like Mavic Aksiums for everything else. They've got a decent rep, and I've had a set of Mavics for years and they've not let me down.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    You mean tyres... after 3000 miles you change the tyres not the wheels... 10,000 is the very minimum lifetime you should expect, in case you use them in winter, otherwise more!
    left the forum March 2023
  • smaidment
    smaidment Posts: 30
    Sounds like a good idea. Would the Mavic Askiums survive a bit of light touring?
  • smaidment
    smaidment Posts: 30
    Fair enough... the front wheel is the original - it's done over 6000 miles.

    The original back wheel died on a trip from Land's End to John O' Groats. In desperation, it was replaced at a tiny cycle shop somewhere north of Inverness. The replacement is a pretty cheapo wheel (for which I was probably over-charged) and has (according to my local bike shop) a cheap Chinese hub, which seems to work itself loose.

    My bike needs a bit of TLC - probably a new cassette and chain at least and I was thinking of replacing the dodgy back wheel at the same time.

    Is this reasonable?!
  • APIII
    APIII Posts: 2,010
    I've seen Aksiums specced on a couple of audax bikes eg. Tifosi CK7, so probably would be okay for light touring.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    smaidment wrote:
    Fair enough... the front wheel is the original - it's done over 6000 miles.

    The original back wheel died on a trip from Land's End to John O' Groats. In desperation, it was replaced at a tiny cycle shop somewhere north of Inverness. The replacement is a pretty cheapo wheel (for which I was probably over-charged) and has (according to my local bike shop) a cheap Chinese hub, which seems to work itself loose.

    My bike needs a bit of TLC - probably a new cassette and chain at least and I was thinking of replacing the dodgy back wheel at the same time.

    Is this reasonable?!

    It probably is... Aksium are good wheels, I'm on my second pair now...
    left the forum March 2023
  • Harry182
    Harry182 Posts: 1,169
    edited June 2009
    It's a prejudice but I've got a thing about Askiums and other budget/cheap factory wheels. To me they seem heavy, uninspiring and uninspired. I'm riding a set myself and looking to replace soon.

    My advice? - give Harry Rowland ( http://www.rstocker.freeserve.co.uk/harry.htm ) a call. Read him your original post and see what he comes up with.

    Budget factory wheels - it's like buying off-the-rack when you can have bespoke for the same money.

    edit - I should have noted earlier that Harry Rowland is one if not the best reputed custom wheel builders in the UK. For £150, defo custom hand-mades over factory builds.
  • FOAD
    FOAD Posts: 318
    Fulcrum 7's
  • these ones
    http://www.parker-international.co.uk/9852/Hand-Built-Mavic-Open-Pro-Front-Wheel.html
    http://www.parker-international.co.uk/9853/Hand-Built-Mavic-Open-Pro-Rear-Wheel.html
    they come in at about £146 with Mavic open pro rims/shimano tiagra hubs and 36 DT swiss DB spokes.
    Truse me these are easily the strongest wheels in that price range. pretty much the best training/touring wheels you can get and very durable.
    Ribble Gran Fondo
    Focus Black Hills
    Raleigh Chopper
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    these ones
    http://www.parker-international.co.uk/9852/Hand-Built-Mavic-Open-Pro-Front-Wheel.html
    http://www.parker-international.co.uk/9853/Hand-Built-Mavic-Open-Pro-Rear-Wheel.html
    they come in at about £146 with Mavic open pro rims/shimano tiagra hubs and 36 DT swiss DB spokes.
    Truse me these are easily the strongest wheels in that price range. pretty much the best training/touring wheels you can get and very durable.

    +1
    looks mighty fine to me!
  • Cranks
    Cranks Posts: 129
    Why not speak to a wheel builder to see what they can come up with?
    I use RoadAce to build mine.