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Another which wheel question

Postby Fifer » Sun Mar 29, 2009 17:53 pm

H all!

I'm after a new set of wheels for my Allez Elite. I have a budget of £400 max (so the wife tells me but I think i can squeeze a few more pounds out of her :) ) I have spent days on picking between the options below but still not any closer to buying anything.

I was thinking about the following wheels.

Compag Zonda's
Fulcrum Racing 3's
Shimano Ulltegra's
Mavic Ksyrium Elite's

I am 15st so I would be looking for something that can take my fat ass.

Any other recommendations?



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Postby Dombo6 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 19:26 pm

Try Easton EA90. Great wheels, "factory" but actually handmade.


Postby NapoleonD » Sun Mar 29, 2009 19:31 pm

Mavic Open Pro rims with DT Swiss 240s hubs plus your choice of spoke.

I have replaced some Mavic Ksyrium Equipes with these on my winter bike (Although my rear hub is a powertap), they run so buttery smooth, are bomb proof and maintenance is a doddle.

I also use the Shimano Dura Ace carbon clinchers on my bestbike which are absolutely fabulous, I got them brand new for £450 but they have gone up a lot since...

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Postby ScottieP » Sun Mar 29, 2009 20:26 pm

I've also got an Allez Elite and just recently upgraded to Easton EA90 SLX (the lower spoke version than the EA90 SL) and I really like them... much more comfortable ride than the poor wheels that came with my bike, lovely hubs too - very smooth and they use standard spokes I believe in case you need a replacement. If you can still find some 2008 Eastons - you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can buy them for. I was looking at handbuilts but I could get the Easton's cheaper and they were lighter than the handbuilts I was considering too. So far they've been great.


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Postby Dombo6 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 07:18 am

Yes, mine are the EA90 SLX. Had them for a year and done about 1200 miles on them including a Dragon Ride and Etape. Very light and strong - still perfectly true after many potholes, appalling Surrey roads - and incredibly easy to service. Took me just 20 minutes to remove freehub, stuff it with grease and reassemble.

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Postby maddog 2 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 07:26 am

NapoleonD wrote:Mavic Open Pro rims with DT Swiss 240s hubs plus your choice of spoke.

Good spec but I don't think that come in under £400. Just had a set of Ambrosio Excellights on Hope Pro3s builts up which came in under £400. Not as light as the Mavic Elites (about 1640g on my scales) but should ride well.

I've not ridden them but the new Elites certainly look good.
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