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Old 07-03-16, 07:47 AM
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Another budget 700c wheel question

So I'm a casual rider (road) with a budget 10 year old bike I'm very happy with but the wheels are showing signs of mileage, they have taken some hits and I feel it when I hit the brakes. Anyway, I'm considering a new set 700c for 23 or 25 cm. When I mean budget... in the $300 and under range.
So the question, anyone using budget low priced wheels that you're happy with that you've purchased within the last couple of years?
Any comments appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Old 07-03-16, 10:46 AM
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Check out Open Pro wheel sets on the internet. I'm thinking you should be able to find a 32 spoke set with DB spokes on Tiagra or 105 hubs in that price range. Not the lightest or the most aero or the most anything but a reliable wheel set that you'll never have to apologize for using.
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Wholesalers to Bike shops have wheel assembly Machines and have all the parts to make them up, for less.

though Mavic now is the exclusive distributor of their Products .
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Campagnolo khamsin g3, they can be had for under $200 from wiggle with free shipping, they have been on my bike for over 5000 miles with no problems, not even needing to be trued. If you can spend in the $300 range then get the Campagnolo zondas for the weight savings.
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Old 07-03-16, 11:23 AM
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velomine.com is a good source, if you're in the US.
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Old 07-03-16, 12:10 PM
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Check out the Best Bang for the Buck budget wheelset thread for more ideas. $300 is a decent budget and you can get some good, strong, light wheels. http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...-wheelset.html

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Old 07-03-16, 03:34 PM
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I had a cheap Nashbar F wheel once, POS.

I just purchased an Open Pro with Ultegra hub, DB spokes, from Performance. Great wheel, have about 500 miles on it and it's perfectly true. I'm a Clyde and kill wheels, but this seems like a well built wheel.

You can get a front 32 spoke 105 hub, Open Sport from them for $100, plus the rear Ultegra Open Pro DB wheel for $180. Good solid and durable wheels.

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I have a set of Fulcrum Racing 5 for the last 3 years that I've been happy with (1645g). I've also heard a lot of good about Nashbar's Vuelta Corsa Lite (1570g); never ridden them but from a price to weight comparison, I've heard they're hard to beat. Both of these should come in at or under a $300 price point.
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Old 07-04-16, 07:57 AM
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Lots of good information given. Thank you guys!
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Originally Posted by gilpi View Post
Lots of good information given. Thank you guys!
Nobody builds wheels like Campagnolo....I have Protons on one bike and Neutrons on another. They are bomb proof.

The ones mentioned, Zonda are near bomb proof.
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These might be worth a look:

Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG Wheels Tyres & Tubes 2016 | Chain Reaction Cycles
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I bought these:


Mavic Open Elite Shimano 105 5800 9/10/11 Speed 36 Hole Pro Road Bike Wheelset


I only had my bicycle for 6 weeks before I installed them so I'm really no authority on wheels in general but I do like them. My friend who has decades of experience said that for the price, they're pretty good. Though I didn't need that high a spoke count, my friend said that since I'm not racing, the extra weight really isn't a factor. I got them in a week in a huge box that held the wheels in very nicely (cut out cardboard inserts and caps on the axles). Just don't learn about the importance of rim tape the way that I did...I was actually dumb enough to go through 4 inner tubes before I decided to do research on why my tubes were popping.
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It's not always about the "parts" in a good Wheel set. More importantly it is who and how it is built.
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