Planet-X budget wheelsets

ddraver
ddraver Posts: 26,383
edited March 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi Guys

I'm after a lighter, but still cheap set of wheels for my roadie to replace the cheapest budget Shimano ones I have now. I have another set of the Planet a57x (or similar), which aside from needing a bit of a true, have been pretty reliable and decently behaved for commuting. I usually swap these over onto the roadie if I do anything that I consider a proper road ride (i'm a MTBer at heart and that bike gets all the money spent on it!)

Now I ve moved to Holland I'm starting to use the roadie more and more (so much so I'm retiring it from commuting duty and have resolved to show it more love) and I was looking at the Model B 20/24 spoke versions that cost GBP130 which are basically the same but a good 200g lighter. BR give them a decent review but does anyone have any personal experience of them?

Many Thanks
DaveK
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- @ddraver

Comments

  • bondurant
    bondurant Posts: 858
    I've had a couple of sets of Model Bs. Excellent wheels for the money (lightish, tough, smooth) and easy to change bearings on if it comes to it.

    PX often do sales where the wheelset comes down to around £100.
  • +1

    You won't get a better set of wheels for the cash.
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    I'm also looking for a set of cheap and light as possible training wheels (but durable, strong, etc). Basic all-around wheels.

    Planet X B is the best choice? Or Planet X C? Or can anyone recommend anything else?
  • cal_stewart
    cal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    their tough i give mine a hard life and their fine. Don't think you can get better for less than £300
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  • Anyone got any experience with the model Cs? I'm after a cheap, durable pair of training wheels.

    I'm a 90kg olympic style weightlifter, so really put the foot down on sprints. The roads are terrible round here, too. Are the model Cs the best option in the ~£100 range?
  • Can anyone tell me how noisy the free hub is on the model B's? I currently have Easton vista sl's which are lovely and quiet. The guys I ride with all have Fulcrum which make a right racket.
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  • t0ph0id
    t0ph0id Posts: 191
    Can anyone tell me how noisy the free hub is on the model B's? I currently have Easton vista sl's which are lovely and quiet. The guys I ride with all have Fulcrum which make a right racket.

    I've got the Model B's and the freehub is pretty noisy.
  • Noclue
    Noclue Posts: 503
    Maybe it's just me but i found my model c's to be a bit flexy and any out of the saddle efforts on hills would result in the rims rubbing on the brake blocks, switched to fulcrum racing 5's and all appears to be well, i weigh 90kg+ btw so not a light rider! That said i never had any problem with the strength of them and never broke a spoke or went out of true despite hitting some potholes hard.

    Noise wise the px ones are quieter than fulcrums but still noisier than shimano.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,383
    I don't think they re noisy but then i ride and MTB with a hope Hub so in comparison to that they re silent....
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    t0ph0id wrote:
    Can anyone tell me how noisy the free hub is on the model B's? I currently have Easton vista sl's which are lovely and quiet. The guys I ride with all have Fulcrum which make a right racket.

    I've got the Model B's and the freehub is pretty noisy.
    And mine is pretty quiet ......
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    The free hub is noisy if your coming from a silent hub, they are not noisy compared with many others out there.

    I can vouch for the planet Cs as a tough durable wheel, have toured fully loaded with them and had no issues.
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    noisy hubs, yes

    get the B for a training wheel... more durable and the better bet for doing the miles.