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What are the best value, lightest, alloy, deeper section wheels?

redvisionredvision Posts: 2,545
edited May 2019 in Road buying advice
I have had fulcrum quattro LG which were great, apart from the original bearings not being the best, but the wheels were a bit weighty. I'm close to getting back on the bike and need a new set, so wondering what alternatives there are. Would want an alloy rim, but over 35mm, and lighter than the quattro (so under 1700g). Preferably under £400. Any recommendations?



  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    Alloy, over 35mm depth, under 1700g and under £400?

    Not sure that exists. Pro Lite A42W is 42mm deep but 1919g. ... -wheelset/
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,857
    As above - alu, deep section, light and 'under £400' do not really go together in any meaningful sense..
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,545
    Imposter wrote:
    As above - alu, deep section, light and 'under £400' do not really go together in any meaningful sense..

    I did fear that.

    Ok, what about under £700?

    You can get the mavic cosmic and shimano rs81 in this range. Are there any others?
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,286
    Was going to ask if you're sure about the deeper rim? The Ultegra level RS500s come in at 1648g and Merlin have them for £300 at the mo. Only 24mm deep though
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,555
    edited May 2019
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  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    These are pretty close to spec -; ... 5B328%5D=1

    Only 18mm wide externally though so you'll lose the aero benefit unless you're running skinny tyres.
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,286 ... o-wheelset

    handbuilts from Malcolm. £500 and only 31mm tho.
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 949
    AForce AL33 rims could be worth a look at, they claim to be aero and are pretty lightweight.
    DCR Wheels can build them up for you, they're pretty expensive though: ... orce-al33/
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,414
    DT Swiss PR1400 Dicut Oxic are now available in 32mm depth although I think you'd probably have to get them from one of the German online retailers.

    Not quite as deep as you hoped but very smart looking wheels.
  • davetexdavetex Posts: 20
    Kinlin 31mm deep rims (Borg and hunt rebafge these) built onto some decebts hubs shouldn't cost the earth
  • timothyw wrote:
    These are pretty close to spec -; ... 5B328%5D=1

    Only 18mm wide externally though so you'll lose the aero benefit unless you're running skinny tyres.

    ...or you could buy these, ignore the ridiculous tyre-to-rim aero mantra, take one bottle into the 30mile ride instead of two, tuck your arms in 0.2% further, lower your position 5mm and/ or anything else that will affect your drag more than your tyre-to-rim interface...
  • frozefroze Posts: 142
    Depends on where you ride! IF you do a lot of climbing you want lighter wheels over deep dish, if you do mostly flat riding with maybe some rolling hills you want deep dish. Climbing faster is better than descending faster, you will descend faster with aero but you will climb slower because of the weight, if you want both then compromise and look at 30mm rims, and see those Soul wheels I mention below. Alloy is the best bang for the buck obviously, going to carbon will cost you not only more on the cost of rims but you may need to make a few other changes all of which will cost you more money. You can't get a really deep dish AL rim anymore anyways that I could find so you may have to compromise a bit, one of the best deals for wheels that combines some aero with some lightweightness are these wheels: Notice the rider weight limit on those wheels, if you weigh more you can call or text them and tell them what your weight is and they can make the same wheel with more spokes, which I would opt for anyways even though they will be a bit heavier because load forces of your body weight and bike weight banging on cracks and potholes on streets can exceed 210 pounds even if your combine weight is only 190, plus they will require less truing. The wheels I mentioned are just one of many examples out there.

    Look at some of these too: ... -2036.html ... r-wheelset (these are about as deep as AL rims get nowadays)
  • erksimsekerksimsek Posts: 18
    Zipp 101/30's are excellent, but out of the price range I think.
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,545
    Cheers for all the replies.

    The reason I would like deeper section rims is because, despite some opinions to the contrary, from my experience even 35mm (as on the quattros)does make a difference to holding speed.

    Anyway, it's become pretty apparent that there are none which meet the spec I was looking for in the price range.

    So at the moment I may just end up with another set of the quattros.
  • agnelloagnello Posts: 239
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  • I was also looking at alloy wheels with deep-ish section, and found the Hunt wheels, which seems to be of good quality, price and weight: ... eep-24wide

    1480g at £379, but just 31mm deep
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,076 ... prod187517 look to fit the specs bill for ~£240 (also at Wiggle), 37mm deep and ~1.62Kg, 17mmm internal rim width.

    18/24 spokes front/rear seems a bit odd though, to me at least.
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  • Paul1000Paul1000 Posts: 192
    American classic 420
  • w00dsterw00dster Posts: 878
    Vision TriMax 35mm deep and £335, weighs 1630 grams apparently. ... set-651809
    They also have a 45mm depth at 1720 grams but £573.
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