Pothole-proof wheelset?

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  1. dw_moto

    dw_moto New Member

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    I am a century rider who is looking to switch over to road racing. I am planning to buy the Orbea Lobular frameset and build it up with Ultegra componants. I'm looking for a wheelset that I can use for training (I will build a nicer wheelset for racing when I have more money). I don't want to spend more then $300. I am 5'10" and weigh 150 lbs. I ride 200-300 miles a week. The roads in my area are really rough (gravel/potholes/annoying drivers/ect.) so I am looking for a wheelset that can take the abuse. I would be willing to have a heavier wheelset if it was duriable. Thanks for your help
     
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  2. neil0502

    neil0502 New Member

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    Velocity makes some good ones.

    The Fusion:

    http://velocityusa.com/wheels/road-fusion.php

    The Deep V:

    http://velocityusa.com/wheels/road-deepvroad.php

    The Dyad -- touring wheel -- even stronger:

    http://velocityusa.com/wheels/road-touring.php

    People have their favorite builders, but ... for my money ... I'd get my wheels from Peter Chisholm, at Vecchio's Bicicletteria, in Boulder, Colorado:

    http://www.vecchios.com/

    Peter White would be another good one:

    http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/velocity.asp

    Good luck!
     
  3. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    badkarma New Member

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    I second the open pro/ultegra wheels as those are pretty much bulletproof. If you want, contact Mike Garcia and see what he recommends (everyone I know who has bought from him has been very satisfied), www.oddsandendos.com
     
  5. StartTday

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    I agree with the previous posters, Open Pros rock!
     
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    Elites are bombproff.
     
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    How wide of tires will clear your frame, fork, and brakes.
    Wider tires also have a taller profile giving more protection to the rims and margin for the entire wheels.
    Fusion rims on Ultegra with 14/15 DB or 14/17 DB Front and left rear will work well with any road tire to 28 mm wide.
    If you can get 30 to 32 mm width, then I would go with Velocity Dyad.
    If your builder can't meet you cost target with Ultegra, 105 is a step down in cost, but still very good quality for your application.
    If you can find a reputable local builder you can save the shipping and have a local resource to deal with any issues that arise. If no reputable local builder is available, I agree that Peter Chisholm is a great wheel builder.
    I would welcome the business as well.
    dave at ornee dot net
     
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    Mavic Cosmos are pretty good wheels also, they are based on the Open Pro rim but they have super-smooth mavic hubs.
     
  9. palewin

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    Another vote for the 32 spoke Ultegra/OpenPro standard. If your roads are really horrible, I remember reading that one of the Belgian teams went to Mavic CXP-33 rims for their cobbled roads, slightly heavier than the OPs, but even more bomb-proof. One virtue of the Ultegra hubs over some fancier sealed-bearing options is that they are really easy to service (re-grease, replace worn cones, etc.).
     
  10. dw_moto

    dw_moto New Member

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    Thanks for your help. I usually build wheels myself for my collection of 1960s and 70s road bikes but I'm not used to the "new" technology so I'm out of my element here.

    I have been looking at some of the Open Pro reviews and am wondering, What's up with the "click"? Is it really as obvious/annoying as the reviews say?
     
  11. Adam-from-SLO

    Adam-from-SLO New Member

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    I echo these sentiments.

    The Mavic CXP-33 rim is about 1oz heavier then a Open Pro rim.

    So: CXP-33 black rims/36-hole Ultegra hubs ;)/DT 14-guage spokes/Brass nipples.

    Thats more bomb-proof then a Hum-vee in Iraq :)
     
  12. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    There's no new technology, only new marketing. Wheels aren't any rounder now than they were forty years ago. Take a look at pictures from Paris-Roubaix, which is quite possibly the worst day of racing you could inflict on a wheel. Almost everyone is rolling on 32 hole box rims laced up 3x, tied, and soldered.
     
  13. dw_moto

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    ceramic? carbon fiber? and what ever happened to 27"?
     
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