wheel weight

sparrowlegs78 Posts: 2,583
edited May 2013 in Road beginners
I have a Btwin triban3 road bike (then new one) and the rear wheel weighs 1220g with no cassette or tyre. So I'm thinking of investing in either new wheels or a carbon fork as the one on now are steel.
Is buying new lighter wheels the way to go or keep the wheels and get a a carbon fork?
Is 1220 g a lot of weight for a rear wheel?

Caz xxx


  • anthdci
    anthdci Posts: 543
    yea thats quite heavy. change the wheels/tyres before touching the fork. I recommend fulcrum racing 5 as they wont break the bank. Id probably leave the fork and upgrade the whole bike next though.
  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    Go for some lighter, better rolling tyres first before considering new wheels. I would agree that while the bike itself pretty good value, it is not really worth spending a lot of money on upgrading...
  • Sprool
    Sprool Posts: 1,022
    Going from earlier posts on wheel upgrades on this forum (and there are a shedload of them) I have been convinced by others that you really need to be spending minimum £180 - £220 price range for a significant upgrade in wheels. At this price they may be lighter and stiffer but maybe not so robust. Or they may be stiffer and stronger but not as light.
    For a £200 bike do you really want to spend £200 on wheels which are a bit better? I agree with above advice, upgrade the tyres first.
  • Wirral_paul
    Wirral_paul Posts: 2,476
    As above re the tyres. We're coming into the summer now (apparently!!) so some nice summer rubber should make a big difference. If you end up upgrading the wheels then you'd no doubt buy new tyres anyway - so nothing really to lose. Maybe think even about some lighter inner tubes also - and keep the current ones as spares.

    As for your original question - yes 1220g is pretty heavy for a wheel. What does the front weigh?? I have a pair of aluminium wheels that come in at 1370g for the pair - but most are in the 1600 - 1800g region for a pair
  • Buckie2k5
    Buckie2k5 Posts: 600
    enjoy the bike as it is, the heavier wheels will make you fitter faster ;). Eventually if the bug hits you will want to upgrade your bike in the future, no point investing in it.
  • Neil_aky
    Neil_aky Posts: 211
    Don't listen to everyone saying it is not worth upgrading... There is nothing wrong with the bike and upgrading will give benefits; however, cycling in recent times has (like everything) become very brand orientated, hence some of the comments you are getting.

    The Triban 3 has a good frame so putting better components on it will give the same benefits as on a more expensive bike. Actually if you had bought an entry level bike from a brand (Trek, Specialised etc) you would still want to upgrade wheels and the other components would be similar / same as your Triban.

    Enjoy riding it and the only thing I would change immediately are pedals (SPDs) and tyres (I can recommend 700 x 25 Michelin Lithion 2s).

    It's not about the bike - it's about riding it!
  • simon_masterson
    simon_masterson Posts: 2,740
    That is quite heavy for a lightweight wheel, but all that serves to show is the expectation of today's cyclists; in general terms it's not heavy. The rear wheel on my main bike almost certainly weighs much more (never bothered weighing it); it's a 27". Contrary to what people might have you think, it's nothing to get hung up about; it will no more stop you cycling than having DHB shorts rather than Assos.

    There's nothing wrong with steel forks either. Unless you pay Decathlon to put theirs on, I wouldn't bother at all, and I'd certainly put it a long way down the list of priorities; there are so many better uses for your money.