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Lightweight MTB wheels for riding on road

Old 08-22-11, 04:11 AM
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Lightweight MTB wheels for riding on road

Dunno where to post this, but I figure as I am looking at 26" wheels, I might get better responses here rather than the road forum.

Wife and I both ride Surly LHTs for touring. I love my LHT, as does my wife. Wife and I have now done 3 tours, and would not change anything for touring. Having said that, they are with stock wheels, Vittoria Rando Pro/Conti City Contact 26*1.5 tyres,
Tubus racks and SKS fenders, so they weigh quite a bit.

We are planning a trip now to the Alps for some climbs, and will not be touring.

Thought of taking our carbon road bikes, but am a bit worried about damage in transit, but more important, we would probably like a handle bar bag and maybe one rack with a single pannier for long rides.

So, thought of trying to lighten the LHT and maybe make is a bit faster.

Current wheels with tyres, tubes weigh in at 4kg. I have seen some 20 spoke MTB wheels at 1700 grams for the set. Tyres are 550 g each, while Shwalbe Durano folding tyres 26*1.1 are 260 grams each. So figured that on wheels and tyres alone, I could save about 1.5kg. Swap the Brooks for our road bike saddles and I save another 400 grams. edit: Did not account for cassette so I can knock off only 1.2 kg on the wheelset plus tyres.

So, almost 2kg reduction in weight should make a difference. Is this

If not so stupid, any suggestions on wheels and tyres?

Also, any other place to knock of weight?

Was looking at these [just first glance actually], and they seem pretty inexpensive too. Don't want to spend too much, as there is pretty good chance of damage in flight etc.

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