Gipiemme Wheels

SHAWPYE
SHAWPYE Posts: 85
edited March 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi All,
I have just purchased a planet x stealth pro without wheels. I need to get a set of wheels to use for training the rest of this year before upgrading to some carbon wheels for next season.

I have come accross gipiemme wheels being sold by kinetic one.

Gipiemme Tecno 716 40mm is £226.95 and they also do a lighter and stronger Gipiemme Tecno 716 "PRO" 40mm for £328.45

They seem very well priced but I can't seem to find any reviews on them. Does anyone have any experience of these wheels? Or recommend an alternative in a budget price range with 40-50mm profile.

Thanks
Shaw

Comments

  • SHAWPYE
    SHAWPYE Posts: 85
    BUMP
  • Beatmaker
    Beatmaker Posts: 1,092
    I'd stay away personally. I have no experience of that particular model but I had a set of Gipiemme's on a Ribble years ago with which I had nothing but trouble. I seem to remember Cannondale speccing their wheels on their low-mid range road bikes and when reviewed were generally considered a shortcoming.
  • SHAWPYE
    SHAWPYE Posts: 85
    Thanks Beatmaker.

    Can anyone recommend an alternative?
  • I believe Gipiemme went bust a few years ago (as Beatmaker says they didn't have the best reputation) so they will probably now be made by someone else just using their name.

    They seem to have priced them well so if I were you I'd say its worth a gamble. If they're not fir for purpose they can always be returned and you might just bag a bargain.
  • SHAWPYE
    SHAWPYE Posts: 85
    Thanks, I don't think i'll take gamble as I am in no rush to buy. I will keep looking around for an alternative.

    Thanks
  • pianoman
    pianoman Posts: 706
    Bump from the dead :P

    I looked on the Kinetic One website just now and they're getting these wheels back in stock next week. Has anyone bought one of these "new-generation" Gipiemme wheelsets? I'm only saying this because it's to be presumed that the current generation of wheels is different from the unreliable ones of years past.

    Also, even the PRO version comes in at nearly 2kg. Could this be alleviated somewhat if the tyres and tubes I choose are uber-light? I mean, the rim is the only place at which rotation weight counts for much isn't it?

    Or has anyone got any other recommendations for either alloy or carbon/alu deep wheels up to £500?
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    American classic 420s
  • pianoman
    pianoman Posts: 706
    I'm thinking these look quite swish:

    http://www.windwave.co.uk/windwave/t42.html

    Of course they're more expensive than say, the Superleggera XL50's. Coming soon to a Bikeradar Sales thread near you: a set of box-section Campag wheels.........
  • Just purchased some 716 Pro from kinetic-One as I had a problem with cosmic elites (sent back & refunded).
    Done a couple of short rides and first impressions are excellent very smooth & stiff slightly heavier than the elites but this appears to make no difference. Build quality is very good & excellent service from Kinetic. Time will tell on how durable they are.