I am planning a new bike project and am on the search for suitable wheels...I do not race but ride regularly, including some long distance events (100 - 200Km) as well as plenty of miles in the Adelaide hills.
I am basically at the point of trying to decie between the aero advantage of a deep dish wheel versus the less aero but weight advantage of a lower profile wheel e.g. Dura Ace C35 (35mm carbon/alloy) at approx 1600 grams versus Dura Ace C24 (24mm carbon alloy) at approx 1300 grams.
Taking price out of the equation, I am interested what riders out there think as the relative merits of going with a heavier, more aero wheel versus a lighter, less aero wheel, keeping in mind that this will be my only wheelset and needs to work in the hills as well as fast riding on the flats as well as long distance (100km +) endurance rides - a lot to ask i know!
I look forward to anyones thoughts on the subject.
For me....long distance involving hills go for the Dura Ace C24 if it were just a choice between the Dura Ace C24 or C35 wheels. The Dura Ace hubs on these wheels are really nice :)
If you want trouble free cycling go for some Mavic Open Pro rims with traditional 32 spokes laced X3.....if you break a spoke you can still get back home no problems. Low spoke count rims usually distort significantly when a spoke is broken making the bike unrideable.....set of wheels like this can be built to around 1500 gm which is light for a couple of hundred dollars :)
Hope I havent confused the issue for you too much
Thanks Rob. I have considered the handbuilt option and may go this way. Unfortunately it seems Mavic is clamping down on selling their Open Pro rims online, this is what I would have chosen.
I would be careful with the Open Pro's they are not as good as they use to be.
The shop that I work in has started seeing a number of rim failures due to cracking and pulled spoke holes.
If you are looking for hard use rims I would stick with Velocity or Shimano.
The other wheels to look at are Fulcrums. Similar strenghth to Shimano with cup and cone hubs, but alot lighter.
C35 and C24 in the clincher version are really heavy for what you get.
C24 - less compromise for the most riding fun. Still good on the flat, and therefore less compromise on the flat. A deeper dish wheel might be more of a compromise in the hills? Unless of course you spend mega$ and get some Zips or Bontragers or similar. :)
Forget weight unless you are a weight weenie, go for reliability if you crank up the miles.
Get a wheel that will go the distance, I would even do custom and get hold of Gemma K on here and get a power tab for the back.
Apart from that, the C24 is a great all rounder but I dont really touch Shitmano, similar would be Fulcrum zeros(campy made) or Campagnolo Shamals or Neutron Ultras which are my all time favourite.
Good luck and happy shopping!
I noticed that Durian Rider mentioned the same or something similar.
So what is a Power Tab?
I have never understood the appeal of the power tab hubs now that there are a number of really good crank based units which are about the same price and far easier to use.
I have had a Power2Max since December and its great. I can swap between bikes and not limited to one wheel per hub.
I went through a similar question at the beginning of the year. I had the Ultegra version of the C24's (RS80's) and liked them but started looking around for something more aero, and just because I wanted to buy something new and shiny :-).
I was looking at the C35's and the C50's and ended up going with the C50's. My thoughts were that the C35 ended up being a bit of a nothing wheel stuck between the other two. Not exactly aero, but not exactly light either. If you want light, get the 24's, if you want aero get the 50's. Personally I love the 50's, took me a while to get use to some of the cross winds in the hills earlier this year. They are possibly a bit heavier in the hills but I'm slow anyway and don't honestly notice any difference, but once you get them wound up over 25kph or so, they are very fast. (I'm told most of their extra weight is at the hubs any way and not noticeable) I've been cranking out PB after PB in the hills of late, so they cant be THAT slow. I think in winter I'll stick the RS80's back on the bike to slosh around in the hills and with some wind around etc
If you are looking at the custom route, you could try this guy http://www.twebikewheels.com.au/
uses Reynolds or Enve rims with DT spokes and high end Japanese hubs