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    Default Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    A friend wanted a wheelset recommendation. Road wheels, carbon rim, 17mm wide, rim brakes, non-tubeless. I basically suggested the same/similar wheel three different ways:

    Campagnolo Bora One 35 (steel spokes, steel bearings)

    Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon (aluminum spokes)

    Fulcrum Speed 40 C (steel spokes, ceramic bearings)

    On paper they aren't all the same price or even $1500/set, but they are discounted, even domestically, and can be found near that price range.

    What did I miss?
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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    <golf clap> Solid list.

    Your pal might look at options from Next Cycling, too.

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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    A friend wanted a wheelset recommendation. Road wheels, carbon rim, 17mm wide, rim brakes, non-tubeless. I basically suggested the same/similar wheel three different ways:

    Campagnolo Bora One 35 (steel spokes, steel bearings)

    Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon (aluminum spokes)

    Fulcrum Speed 40 C (steel spokes, ceramic bearings)

    On paper they aren't all the same price or even $1500/set, but they are discounted, even domestically, and can be found near that price range.

    What did I miss?
    Steel spokes win the durability war if they're being used in the real world. I like my Shamals, but nicked a few Al spokes and got to replace one shortly thereafter. Aluminum is notch sensitive when loaded up as much as a few spokes wheel requires. They're spare CX wheels now, given that I have a few other nicked spokes on that wheel.

    Steel spokes are easy to come by, too.

    Best Regards,

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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    Since aluminum spoked mavic Ksyriums literally go forever I would not worry about spoke material.
     

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    Okay good. All I had to go on was a week riding a pair of Boras, and I thought they had better braking than my aluminum wheels. That and Lionel's threads here. As a result, I also recommended a Dogma F8, an Audi A6 Avant wagon and a Porsche GT3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Since aluminum spoked mavic Ksyriums literally go forever I would not worry about spoke material.
    That's not completely true and Mavic doesn't support any of their wheels past 5 yrs

    I'd look at Boyd, November, and Pacenti too

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    I think you can't go wrong with that group. I just got the Campy Bora WTO which was released a couple of months ago and is the wider version of the previous Bora. Since you want a 17mm width the previous Bora 35 might see some good prices soon.
     

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    Rode a bunch of kms on a handbuilt set of Hope hubs, Wheelsmith spokes, Velocity A23 rims today. Damn fine wheels. Rest in Peace the Handmade bicycle wheelset.....

    Just type your price range into Chainreaction.com and pick the wheels that you like the look of the most. They are all the same. I personally wouldn't buy anything Mavic, but based on what I see on bikes I'm in the minority and, therefore, wrong.
     

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    Fulcrum, Fulcrum, Campag......
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    I still dig hand built wheels.
    NOX Falkor rims to DT, White Ind or Chris King hubs built by a pro. Any of those options ends up being a very durable, serviceable and nice riding wheelset.

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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    Not sure if you mean Tubular by Non Tubeless but may want to take a strong look at FSE wheels. I have ridden Lightweight, all sets of Bora wheels and have to say the FSE wheels combine the lightweight and strength of LW and stiffness and compliance of Bora wheels. FSE offer better braking than Bora and LW and why not as stiff as LW they are stiffer than Bora wheels. Really a fantastic wheel. I have the tubular in the 35mm flavor. The price to weight ratio will have you dumb founded. Can't see myself purchasing any other wheel.
     

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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    On a slight side note, anyone here have experience with Campy Zondas? Something about still using cup and cone bearings and no rim strip needed looks quite appealing for the price... =)

    -Hansen
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by suhacycles View Post
    On a slight side note, anyone here have experience with Campy Zondas? Something about still using cup and cone bearings and no rim strip needed looks quite appealing for the price... =)

    -Hansen
    Zondas probably win the value war and will Outlast all of us. I have a set waiting for when I decide to use clinchers again, but those darn veloflex vlaanderens just won't let me be.

    Best Regards,

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    Looking at the high end campy disc brake line up, how does one rationally pick between:
    bora ultra one 35 and 50 disc
    bora WTO 45 disc
    fulcrum speed 40 disc

    they have 35, 40, 45, 50 covered with a very very similar set of wheels
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by arik View Post
    Looking at the high end campy disc brake line up, how does one rationally pick between:
    bora ultra one 35 and 50 disc
    bora WTO 45 disc
    fulcrum speed 40 disc

    they have 35, 40, 45, 50 covered with a very very similar set of wheels
    My $0.02:

    35/40 for general use
    45/50 for racing

    FWIW, I find the Bora 35 to be less sensitive to cross wind than Enve 3.4, and probably the best all around wheels I've tried.

    I don't see the point in running deep wheels - including the weight penalty - unless aero is really necessary... time trial, etc.

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    Default Re: Check My Work (Wheelset Recommendation)

    Those new Bora WTO 45 discs look really nice. I think I would be tempted if the cost was no problem. Aero, run 28mm tires, etc. I am going to bet with all the yaw angle research Campagnolo supposedly has been doing, the 45's are not noticeably worse in cross winds than the 35's.

    But what do I know? I just think they look bitchin' Camaro.

    Thanks for the confirmation that I have learned my lessons. The advised party is now trying to figure out how to make a pair of Boras appear on his bike.
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