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same old boring "what wheels?" question :)

stratcatstratcat Posts: 160
edited January 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi,
I've decided to upgrade a bit on my bike for the summer.
Ive got one of these trek 1.7
I've ridden it for a couple of years and love it, I can't afford a better bike at the moment so I reckon new wheels will give it a new lease of life.

Now, I know nothing about wheels, so...... some advice needed. I read that the ssr wheels on it are pretty heavy (although they do look good). Ive already had a spoke go on the back, replaced and trued by my LBS.
I fancy something light, I do TT's on it, I am doing the Fred Whitton in May and living in Cumbria tend to get up a few hills from time to time :wink:
Any advice?
Price wise, I don't know how much I would need to spend for it to be an upgrade - I don't mind spending, within reason - but I don't see any point spending £1000 for wheels on a £900 bike :D

Thanks for reading and thanks in anticipation of your knowledgeable responses.

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  • ADIHEADADIHEAD Posts: 575
    Prolite Brachiano's for £190 on Ribble - I've got a pair and love em. Also Shimano Ultegra 6700's are fantastic - £250 Merlin, RS80's are the carbon rimmed versions for £350 Merlin. If you want to spend a bit more then Mavic Ksyrium Elites are great also - £390 Merlin.

    Depends how much you want to spend?
  • galatzogalatzo Posts: 1,295
    25th August 2013 12hrs 37mins 52.3 seconds 238km 5500mtrs FYRM Never again.
  • Some Fulcrums would be my bet - Racing 3? Paired with Continental GP4000s. Reckon that would give it the new lease of life your looking for.
    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college! " - Homer
  • On a budget and SRAM/ Shimano i would go for Racing 5s or the ultegras mentioned above.

    with more to play with then the RS80s are nice or Racing 3s if you can find a big discount.

    Still more and the Dura Ace or Fulcrum Zeros (if you can find a big discount).
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    Not bad wheel test in the latest C+ - March issue
  • eastons are also pretty good, though it seems a few more problems than shimano/campagnolo/fulcrum/ mavic.

    IMO shimano and campagnolo make the best factory hoops ... mavic hubs are a bit crappy in comparison though they're hoops are solid and get the job done.
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    I like Eastons, they look good, aren't too pricey, strong and light too, plus they are hand built.
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    The Easton EA50s came in at 6/10, with the Mavic Ksyrium Equipes at 8/10 and Fulcrum Racing 3s at 9/10. Editors choice were the Campagnolo Neutron Ultras.
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    It always pays to take reviews with a pinch of salt, how many miles did they run them on to do the review?
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    Yes I know and I do agree, they 'test' them for 'roundness' and 'trueness' and perform 'lamppost sprints' for acceleration over 15mph, see into that what you will but I can't see hundreds of miles being performed on all these wheels over all types of terrain somehow.

    C+ aren't that thorough, unfortunately.
  • +1 for the ProLite Braccianos. Very light - fantatsic for the money.
  • BozmanBozman Posts: 2,518
    Just spend what you can afford but don't go mad and always leave enough for a good set of tyres. Sooner or later you'll upgrade your frame and you will already have a good set of wheels to go with it.
    Mavic ksyrium elites, Shimano RS80s or some of the new Fulcrum 3s would be a good upgrade but remember to save your old wheels incase you sell the bike or use them through winter to save your new wheels.
  • womblerwombler Posts: 85
    OK - to throw a spanner in the works, I asked a similar question on my club's forum a while back. The feedback I got was rather than upgrading my wheels, which would have limited value on the bike I was riding (which is similar-ish level to yours), the money might be better used either saving towards a new better bike or spending on a training holiday (e.g. Majorca).
  • wombler wrote:
    OK - to throw a spanner in the works, I asked a similar question on my club's forum a while back. The feedback I got was rather than upgrading my wheels, which would have limited value on the bike I was riding (which is similar-ish level to yours), the money might be better used either saving towards a new better bike or spending on a training holiday (e.g. Majorca).

    that training camp answer is the usual stuff.

    but a training camp, useful as it might be, and a pair of wheels serve different purposes, and for that matter require a different level of commitment, one financial and a few clicks of the mouse, the other a week's holiday.
  • stratcatstratcat Posts: 160
    Thanks for all the replies.
    Lots of good suggestions. The new bike idea is OK, but is a much bigger expenditure :cry: The training camp is a no go in reality.

    I like the look of the new DA C24 cl's but are a bit more than I thought about spending - isn't that always the way?! :D
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