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Second Wheelset...Yay or Nay?

Old 11-04-16, 08:43 AM
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Second Wheelset...Yay or Nay?

I use two sets of tires with my bike (Ritchey Crossmax and 700x38 road tires) and switch them out at least once or twice a month depending on what I feel like riding terrain wise. I have a line on a wheel set I can grab for a reasonable price (under $100) that seem in decent condition that already have the cassette I need on it. Is it worth shelling out to save time swapping tires on/off the single set of wheels I have?
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Only you can really answer that. But if it were me, I would do it. A wheelset you can use for under a C-note is a no brainer in my book.
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I use two wheelsets, one set up with road tires and the other with gravel/knobby tires. It is so much more convenient to just swap wheels. Sometimes I have to adjust the rear disc caliper between switches, but no other issues besides that. For under $100, I'd say do it.
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Originally Posted by rocthrower View Post
i use two wheelsets, one set up with road tires and the other with gravel/knobby tires. It is so much more convenient to just swap wheels. Sometimes i have to adjust the rear disc caliper between switches, but no other issues besides that. For under $100, i'd say do it.
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I really liked having two wheels and being able to swap out road/dirt set-ups pretty easily.

Then I got two bikes, I like having two bikes a lot better. Upfront cost is kind of a pain but it's so nice to be able to grab a more specialized bike for terrain/conditions.
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$100.. not brainer.

I wanted to have both knobby and 32mm street tires. I also wanted the street tires to be tubeless, so I purchased a second set of wheels for significantly more that $100.
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Cross , bring 2 bikes , & a friend to hand you the clean one..

Race cross on Tubulars ? yea more wheels, since the glue and puncture repair takes time..
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Absolutely. Not just for the knobby/slick issue, but if you find yourself doing a lot of indoor riding, it's nice to have rear wheel you put an old tire on without worrying about squaring off a good tire.
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I'm up to three sets, the third is an old MTB wheelset I mounted some studded snow tyres on. Less bikes, more wheelsets is my mantra.
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It's definitely worth it, especially if you use the same exact hubs...saves you time with any derailleur adjustments due to minor spacing differences.
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Spare wheels are the way to go. My problem is that spare wheels and spare parts tempt me to buy a new frame eventually.
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You guys using your gravel bike as a road bike too? I have a road bike, that I'm considering selling.

Swapping out wheels came to mind as a solution to kill two birds with one stone and just keep my gravelbike. Would appreciate any experiences shared.
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You guys using your gravel bike as a road bike too? I have a road bike, that I'm considering selling.

Swapping out wheels came to mind as a solution to kill two birds with one stone and just keep my gravelbike. Would appreciate any experiences shared.
Always been riding road bikes. Just got into this gravel bike thingie. Bought one as a 'travel - do it all' bike. I love it.

40mm knobbies for off road, and 30/32 Roubaix tyres for road, and hardpack. On road, my overall speed is about a mile per hour slower over 2-4 hour rides. Insignificant, as I usually ride alone, and dont have to keep up with anyone. The benefit is that bad roads [common in India] and some off roading is possible with the gravel bike, even with the 30/32 [which measures 34 on the wider rims].

I'm keeping my road bikes though.
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You guys using your gravel bike as a road bike too? I have a road bike, that I'm considering selling.

Swapping out wheels came to mind as a solution to kill two birds with one stone and just keep my gravelbike. Would appreciate any experiences shared.
In theory, it'd be great to have a all-rounder bike for gravel and road duty, and only swapping wheels/tires. In practice I've not encountered a gravel bike that rides as nice as a road bike on paved roads (with road wheelset and tires, of course). Differences in weight and geometry have been noticeable enough for me to want to keep my road bikes around. Actually, given the riding I do, if I had to sell one of my bikes I'd probably sell my gravel bike before I sell a road bike.
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Thanks guys, my gravel bike's geometry is pretty close to my road bike. Just a slightly longer wheel base created by the 47 fork rake.

Although it weighs a couple pounds more than my road bike (19 lbs), it doesn't feel sluggish at all on the road.

Just got it and I'm still learning its personality. Anyways... thx for sharing. I'll hold onto my road bike for now. In time we shall see.
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I ended up buying the wheel set last weekend. The wheels are Mavic Classics Pro. I bought them from the original owner and they came off of a Merlin road bike.
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