best all round wheel £500-£600

reborn2
reborn2 Posts: 42
edited June 2013 in Road buying advice
hey guys, first post here. I've read a lot and learning as much as i can.

I'm looking for my first major upgrade for my Boardman team carbon. having only taken up cycling 6 or so months ago, my knowledge is rather limited.

I'm after a set of good all round wheels in the 500-600 bracket. I'd like them to be fairly light if possible. Im around the 14 stone mark and dropping.

At the moment im mainly using the bike for undulating rides, nothing too steep or to long (not much in the way of hills around my part of Essex). I'm also looking to enter the odd 10 mile TT when i get a bit more experienced and perhaps a few sportives.

Speed wise, i'm averaging about 18 mph at the moment.

Any suggestions?
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  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    I put Mavic Ksyrium Elites on my Team Carbon and they transformed it. The wheel stiffness really brought the frame alive.

    For time trial work you will probably be looking for something deep section and aero, though. Planet X are about the only carbon deep section wheels in your budget and they have a sale on at the moment.
    Boardman Elite SLR 9.2S
    Boardman FS Pro
  • ju5t1n
    ju5t1n Posts: 2,028
    You could probably find a set of C24 Dura-Ace for £600 if you shopped about
  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    Dude - there is a search function up there on the top right of the page. There are a LOT of historic threads on this topic - you'll be able to get a lot of info from there.

    Cheers

    M
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    i find that wheels that are all round are best!!

    i also find the triangular ones the worst
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • trek_dan
    trek_dan Posts: 1,366
    If you want a decent mix of light alu and aero style rim you could try American Classic Aero 420's, looks are a bit marmite but I rate mine.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    trek_dan wrote:
    If you want a decent mix of light alu and aero style rim you could try American Classic Aero 420's, looks are a bit marmite but I rate mine.

    I have a set for sale if you are interested. Nothing wrong with the performance of them, but I have decided that the Stormtrooper Galactic White is not for me. They are a good stiff, light wheel and semi aero always helps.

    I have now converted to hand builts.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • Lifeboy123
    Lifeboy123 Posts: 213
    Dura Ace C24's - £600 at Planet X - 25% off - light, fast acceleration, decent aero performance despite shallow rim
    Kysrium Elites are solid and stiff, good wheels but as aero as a brick
  • Steve236
    Steve236 Posts: 212
    mroli wrote:
    Dude - there is a search function up there on the top right of the page. There are a LOT of historic threads on this topic - you'll be able to get a lot of info from there.

    Cheers

    M
    As its the OP's first post maybe he was looking to have a friendly chat with some like-minded cycling enthusiasts and his search for some new wheels seemed like a good topic to kick off with. He says he's read a lot so probably already knows about the search function.
  • Mavics
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  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    Lifeboy123 wrote:
    Dura Ace C24's - £600 at Planet X - 25% off - light, fast acceleration, decent aero performance despite shallow rim
    Kysrium Elites are solid and stiff, good wheels but as aero as a brick

    I've been looking at the C24's. Especially as reviews say they are good at climbing and not just aero on the flat.
    Only thing that puts me off is the Dura Ace graphics on them, I don't want people to know I've got DA wheels! Can you remove the lettering?
  • drlodge
    drlodge Posts: 4,826
    Hand builts :D
    WyndyMilla Massive Attack | Rourke 953 | Condor Italia 531 Pro | Boardman CX Pro | DT Swiss RR440 Tubeless Wheels
    Find me on Strava
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    If I had dura ace wheels I'd be flashing them all the time :)

    although the above answers are all good calls, the other option is to wait a while, as you are losing weight (good on you :) ) and trying out lots of different things, your needs may change in the next 6 months to a year ? there are lots of differences between a light, climbers wheel and an aero TTers wheel and you will know more about what you really need wheels to do for you
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    edhornby wrote:
    If I had dura ace wheels I'd be flashing them all the time :)

    although the above answers are all good calls, the other option is to wait a while, as you are losing weight (good on you :) ) and trying out lots of different things, your needs may change in the next 6 months to a year ? there are lots of differences between a light, climbers wheel and an aero TTers wheel and you will know more about what you really need wheels to do for you

    Sorry to hijack the thread. But I'd be mostly interested in 'climbers wheels', what are good options here?
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    Lifeboy123 wrote:
    Dura Ace C24's - £600 at Planet X - 25% off - light, fast acceleration, decent aero performance despite shallow rim
    Kysrium Elites are solid and stiff, good wheels but as aero as a brick

    I've been looking at the C24's. Especially as reviews say they are good at climbing and not just aero on the flat.
    Only thing that puts me off is the Dura Ace graphics on them, I don't want people to know I've got DA wheels! Can you remove the lettering?

    I have the DA9000 C24's and they are fantastic wheels.
    The graphics are under the lacquer so you cant remove them but they are quite subtle so why would you? :?
    Cheers, Stu
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    duckson wrote:
    The graphics are under the lacquer so you cant remove them but they are quite subtle so why would you? :?

    Theft risk mostly :)
  • pkripper
    pkripper Posts: 652
    ksyriums, and spend the leftover on a nice pair of shorts
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    duckson wrote:
    The graphics are under the lacquer so you cant remove them but they are quite subtle so why would you? :?

    Theft risk mostly :)

    I dont leave my bike unattended and if its at work its locked up. If they or the bike gets nicked its insured.
    Cheers, Stu
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    If you want removable stickers on the wheels, factory built you can go for Fulcrum Racing Zero or Campag Shamal Ultra, both are similar weight to the Dura Aces but ride smoother.

    Or, go for some handbuilts, much more under the radar looks-wise and £500-£600 will get something brilliant and as light.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    And repairable/servicable.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    smidsy wrote:
    And repairable/servicable.

    Yep... I think as he doesn't want something that looks nickable and flash, great handbuilts are a no brainer here.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    You are starting to sound like me - championing hand built wheels in the face of the large factory alternatives :D
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Ribble have some stonking deals on Campag Shamal and Neutron wheels ATM...
  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    Steve236 wrote:
    As its the OP's first post maybe he was looking to have a friendly chat with some like-minded cycling enthusiasts and his search for some new wheels seemed like a good topic to kick off with. He says he's read a lot so probably already knows about the search function.
    I was TRYING to be helpful as he was new :lol:
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    mfin wrote:
    ......both are similar weight to the Dura Aces but ride smoother.

    Slightly OT but I have read the opposite! One reason i went for the C24's along with the £ saving.
    Cheers, Stu
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    duckson wrote:
    mfin wrote:
    ......both are similar weight to the Dura Aces but ride smoother.

    Slightly OT but I have read the opposite! One reason i went for the C24's along with the £ saving.

    Problem with the shimano wheel range is they virtually all share the same hubs RS10 up to RS80.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    We are talking DA not RS80 though.
    Cheers, Stu
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    DA Hubs are very good, so that would tend to suggest the rims are the issue if you find them harsh.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    smidsy wrote:
    DA Hubs are very good, so that would tend to suggest the rims are the issue if you find them harsh.

    I dont! :lol:
    Cheers, Stu
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    duckson wrote:
    mfin wrote:
    ......both are similar weight to the Dura Aces but ride smoother.

    Slightly OT but I have read the opposite! One reason i went for the C24's along with the £ saving.

    I've put thousands on miles on Shamal Ultras and C24s with the same tyres, tubes and pressures, and no way are the DA smoother, they are harsh in comparison. Even run both sets in different bikes. It actually made me get rid of the DAs.
  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    Wierd, thats the first time i've heard of the C24's as not being a smooth riding wheel, mine are for sure although i cant compare them to the Shamals.
    Cheers, Stu