I am currently running a Shimano R500 wheelset and to be honest i have found them to be quite average the wheels are about 15 months old and in the past 6 months i have broken 3 spokes.
I am looking to upgrade although i'm not ready for carbon wheels. I'll probably be looking to spend between 500-700 give or take.
I basically want to know what is the best bang for my buck.
I was concerned a bit about my weight currently around 85kg but after further reading about the R500 it appears they break spokes regularly.
Would appreciate any advice.
Cellbikes have some RS-80's in your budget.
Reynolds are supposed to be OK as well. I think you can get some solitudes in that price range
Fulcrum racing 5's are pretty good value for money over the standard R500s. Nowhere near what you are looking to spend (a lot less), but if you look at the retail price comparison of $99 for a pair of 500s and $250 for Fulcrum 5's there is a difference.
+1 for the Fulcrum's I have a set that I bought after having issues with the original rims, they are less than 12 months old, no more than 1000k done, have a 9 speed shimano cassette 25-11 on there atm. and super quiet
If you'd like to look/test let me know.
oh I have Conti GP4000's on them too
super quiet? which model? my 5's are like a marlin darting for the horizon, but my 1's are like stealth wheels
@ rob I have 5's, on my new ride I have Oval Concepts which are the total opposite NOISY!
Ribble have a sale on at the moment which closes after this weekend...some huge discounts on wheels....$50 postage for the wheels to OZ is reasonable....but avoid buying anything over $1000 as the wheels will attract taxes and duties. Ribble wont adjust the cost of the wheels on their invoice nor will they send each wheel in two separate boxes....so they arent much help there, however you can pay either via credit card or paypal or send them a money order in pounds sterling.....
Taxes and duty for $1200 wheels works out to between $230-$250 extra which makes the high end wheel sets prohibitive cost wise.....
I was doing my sums for a set of Dura Ace C35 which are $1100 a pair....but after taxes and duties they cost close to $1400. May as well go to Trak Cycles and buy a set of Dura Ace C50s with tyres tubes and Ultegra cassette
I got a set of Dura Ace C35's for $900 at bike express in the city, great rims that roll really well and are very durable. I've done about 1500k's on them so far & love them
+1 for the Shimano RS80 (although there are many that would fit the bill).
I've had my RS80's for two years, weigh 82Kgs and put around 10,000k's on them and had zero problems. Think they are around the $500 mark for a set. They are basically the same 24mm carbon laminate rim as the DuraAce C24 with an Ultegra hub.
I'm lining myself up for some Velocity Deep V rims in a few months. They weigh a touch more than normal, but as I'm over 100kg, I need something a bit more bulletproof. Anyone have any experience of them ?
I've heard Deep V are unbreakable. I'm the same weight as Jarrod and went a bit lighter, choosing Velocity Fusion 18/24 . Last year I found them on special at 'Bums on Bikes' store from Brisbane. Until just recently they were Aussie made too.
They were good value for money. You could pay more for even lighter, but then I'd be concerned about reliability being a largish rider. The 18 count on the front worried me a bit but they handle my weight fine on miles of country roads and have done a lot of climbing too.