£300 - £500 wheelset

sy1975
sy1975 Posts: 95
edited May 2014 in Road buying advice
I currently run Fulcrum 5's (campag) - looking to upgrade and was think Fulcrum 3's within that £300 - 500 price range.

Would consider other brands, can anyone suggest any other wheelsets that offer same performance or better that Fulcrum 3's?
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Classic - 1999 De Rosa - Planet - Aluminio

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  • ic.
    ic. Posts: 769
    Standards are Ksyrium from Mavic, American Classic, Campy Zonda or Shimano R81 C24s

    There will be lots of people telling you to get handbuilts though.

    I've ridden Fulcrum 3, Dura Ace C24s and Kysriums. I much prefer Ksyriums. I little harsher ride but I like them up hills and with 25s on they are comfy enough. C24s were a smooth ride but too flexible for me
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  • lostboysaint
    lostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    IC. wrote:

    There will be lots of people telling you to get handbuilts though.

    I'm one of them. Get a 23mm rim (Velocity A23, Archetype etc.) on a decent hub with some Sapim Race spokes. Can be at the lower end of your budget with a Miche or Novatech hub or at the top end with a Hope or Record/DA hub.
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  • drlodge
    drlodge Posts: 4,826
    I'm one of them. Get a 23mm rim (Velocity A23, Archetype etc.) on a decent hub with some Sapim Race spokes. Can be at the lower end of your budget with a Miche or Novatech hub or at the top end with a Hope or Record/DA hub.

    Could go laser spokes at the front...otherwise spot on :D
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  • oldmuthariley
    oldmuthariley Posts: 108
    tune mig/mag, CX rays on stans alpha ztr 340 rims.
    should be around 1200g but £100 over your budget...
  • RyC
    RyC Posts: 25
    Im Pretty sure i saw some Bullets for around £500-600 on Merlin Cycles or Wiggle if you fancy some deep section
  • DKay
    DKay Posts: 1,652
    sy1975 wrote:
    I currently run Fulcrum 5's (campag) - looking to upgrade and was think Fulcrum 3's within that £300 - 500 price range.

    Would consider other brands, can anyone suggest any other wheelsets that offer same performance or better that Fulcrum 3's?

    Campag Zondas are the same wheel, only with a different rear lacing pattern and stickers.

    Oh, they're also a good chunk cheaper.
  • bisoner
    bisoner Posts: 171
    These are pretty much the same as Fulcrum 3's and below your budget:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/campagnolo-zonda-clincher-wheelset/
  • bisoner
    bisoner Posts: 171
    DKay wrote:
    sy1975 wrote:
    I currently run Fulcrum 5's (campag) - looking to upgrade and was think Fulcrum 3's within that £300 - 500 price range.

    Would consider other brands, can anyone suggest any other wheelsets that offer same performance or better that Fulcrum 3's?

    Campag Zondas are the same wheel, only with a different rear lacing pattern and stickers.

    Oh, they're also a good chunk cheaper.

    What he said. :)
  • matt-h
    matt-h Posts: 847
    drlodge wrote:
    I'm one of them. Get a 23mm rim (Velocity A23, Archetype etc.) on a decent hub with some Sapim Race spokes. Can be at the lower end of your budget with a Miche or Novatech hub or at the top end with a Hope or Record/DA hub.

    Could go laser spokes at the front...otherwise spot on :D

    i'm with these 2.
    Only ever had handbuilt in that price range so cant compare to factory

    Matt
  • RyC
    RyC Posts: 25
    As mentioned before Campag 50 Bullets for £499.99

    http://www.merlincycles.com/campagnolo- ... 70915.html
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Oh dear, already discussing Mig/Mag... I'll take my coat... :wink:
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  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    RyC wrote:
    As mentioned before Campag 50 Bullets for £499.99

    http://www.merlincycles.com/campagnolo- ... 70915.html

    That's a good price for the Bullets. The Bullet Ultra are quite a bit lighter but the vanilla ones are hardly heavy. Not the best wheel if you live somewhere hilly but for general sportive riding they will be good and will carry good speed.
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  • neilo23
    neilo23 Posts: 783
    I get my stuff in Germany from bike24. Their Zondas are €120 cheaper than Wiggle!

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... duct=35268
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    neilo23 wrote:
    I get my stuff in Germany from bike24. Their Zondas are €120 cheaper than Wiggle!

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... duct=35268

    German Zonda are different from the UK ones, the rim offset is on the opposide side, as they are meant to be ridden on the right end side of the road

    OK, now I really take my coat... :lol:
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  • neilo23
    neilo23 Posts: 783
    neilo23 wrote:
    I get my stuff in Germany from bike24. Their Zondas are €120 cheaper than Wiggle!

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... duct=35268

    German Zonda are different from the UK ones, the rim offset is on the opposide side, as they are meant to be ridden on the right end side of the road

    OK, now I really take my coat... :lol:

    Get back to World of Warcraft :lol:
  • nammynake
    nammynake Posts: 196
    Noticed that Wiggle are selling the Fulcrum Zeros for £599 (RRP £999).

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing- ... -10-speed/
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Oh dear, already discussing Mig/Mag... I'll take my coat... :wink:

    ? Why so?? Tune hubs no good?

    What would you have

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • cycleclinic
    cycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Why are tune hubs no good.

    Have you tried dealing with Posh bikes I have and never again.

    Light hubs but with tiny bearings that will only end one way if you use them alot in the wet and lets face it we get alot of that.

    So in short fine light weight racing hubs but novatec A291/F482 SB-SL hubs do the same thing for alot less. I know which I would choose if I was so inclined.
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  • smoggysteve
    smoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    Push to another 100 and you can get fulcrum zeros from wiggle for 599 right now.
  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    nammynake wrote:
    Noticed that Wiggle are selling the Fulcrum Zeros for £599 (RRP £999).

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing- ... -10-speed/

    These are only 10sp compatible. Otherwise they would be an absolute steal.
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  • gloomyandy
    gloomyandy Posts: 520
    If you fancy trying handbuilt take a look at wheelsmith. My race23 wheels have been very good and the service has been great. A few possible options:
    http://www.wheelsmith.co.uk/race23
    http://www.wheelsmith.co.uk/race24
    and even a deeper rim option
    http://www.wheelsmith.co.uk/race30
  • deswahriff
    deswahriff Posts: 310
    IC. wrote:

    There will be lots of people telling you to get handbuilts though.

    I'm one of them. Get a 23mm rim (Velocity A23, Archetype etc.) on a decent hub with some Sapim Race spokes. Can be at the lower end of your budget with a Miche or Novatech hub or at the top end with a Hope or Record/DA hub.

    ...that's what I did....Archetype rims, Sapim something or other spokes and Novatech hubs for £300....faultless after 3,000 miles....

    ..btw big write up in a recent "Cyclist" about hand-built vs factory.....H plus Son must be delighted at the publicity!
  • masergs
    masergs Posts: 1
    Bar Shaker wrote:
    nammynake wrote:
    Noticed that Wiggle are selling the Fulcrum Zeros for £599 (RRP £999).

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing- ... -10-speed/

    These are only 10sp compatible. Otherwise they would be an absolute steal.

    Just had a set of these wheels delivered yesterday from wiggle, although it does say ten speed on the website mine have arrived and are 11 speed