I’m looking to throw more money away so need some advice. My road bike, a 7 year old Rose, has Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels (which came with the bike). Neither the bike or wheels are aero. I’m wondering if I should get some aero wheels for crit racing.
My wish list: Rim brakes [must], cheap, clincher, tubeless compatible, 50mm+ rims, light, wide (work with 28mm tyres).
On my TT bike I have a pair of the original Flo 60/90 wheels with alloy brake track. However with a wheel cover I really CBA to put that on/off every week.
So what are my options:
a) Just leave it, it’s 99% rider and 1% bike/wheels
b) Buy a disc for the TT, so Flo 90 rear can be used on the road bike. Flo 60 can easily be swapped in between them.
c) Buy cheap Chinese wheels. One things these seem to lack, from a quick search, are wide options.
d) A secondhand bargain, any particular ones to look for? The ones I’ve seen are generally very old and priced high!
e) Something else.
I think the disc wheel for your TT then swapping the front to the roadie makes sense.
If you can be bothered with the effort you may well be able to pick up a second hand disc too
Yeah I did this for a few years and caused me no bother.
For Chinese Wheels have a look at Yoeleo… top quality wheels, unfortunately they are not “cheap” Chinese wheels.
On a bike build I did last year I put a set of Prime Black Edition Wheels on it (wiggle in house brand) and was really impressed, fantastic brake surface, light and rolled well. Had a look on Wiggle and they do a 50mm version, but out of stock
Check out the wiggle eBay store or the timetrialling forum gave book page as wheels seem to pop up quite often.
I picked up a pair of the 60mm Parcours wheels fairly cheaply and they have performed well.
There’s loads on FB marketplace. A quick look threw up these
Wad going to say the same. Would expect an abundance of cheap quality carbon rim braked aero wheels on the 2nd hand market.
Taking what Matt and leahn have said; on the eBay, the 50mm black edition come up LOADS.
People buy them, use them once (cough) then send them back.
I’m hovering for them, Cos tubeless innit.
I can flog my tubular Zipps for a similar price as them
Thanks for the feedback, sorry I didn’t acknowledge them as pretty busy yesterday with work, TT & swimming.
I think the problem is I’m expecting too much. With the cheaper second hand stuff most of it seems quite old (e.g. I’d seen the Profile Design wheels posted by @Jgav previously and found reviews from 2014), and wideness seems to have come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. I’m looking at using 28mm tyres which means a 30mm rim?
Took at look at Yoeleo (thanks @Matthew_Spooner) but it wasn’t working properly for me. Ended up on LightBicycle and have found some 56mm rims that are 30mm wide. They looked eye pretty expensive for Chinese wheels (~$800) but realised that was because I’d gone with a premium hub (DT Swiss), a cheaper hub (Novatec) brings them well under $500.
I hate buying stuff, I want the latest and best, but I’m a bit of a skinflint!
Are you midlands-ish, if so I’ve got some 50mm primes you could try out, not selling but you could give them a bit of a test
Don’t skimp on the hubs!!
For me that’s the difference between a good and a great wheel.
I Mean how much difference between 50mm deep section rims is there really?
I have a set of HED jet 6 blacks that I bought for a bargain last year. Not only do they sound awesome but the thing that stands out with them are the hubs. They’re silky smooth and spin up so quickly