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Picking a set of wheels

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  • 12-23-2017 11:03 PM

    • Woodzy
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    Picking a set of wheels

    I am currently contemplating purchasing a set of wheels for my S3, and have 2 sets in mind. My budget is $2,000 CAD which is about $1,600 USD and $1,350 Euro. I am looking for opinions in terms of the sets I am looking into, and open to any propositions, feedback, advice... 1- Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon 2018 2- Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 TLR 3- ??? P.S. I'm new here so, if ever this belongs somewhere else or if there are similar threads, sorry in advance.
  • 12-23-2017 11:42 PM In reply to

    • Don
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    Welcome to the forum! I have HED Jet 6+ on my S3. I also just had some built for my Tandem. They are also on my P5....They are AWESOME!

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  • 12-24-2017 8:21 AM In reply to

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    Don - I LOVE you put some high end wheels on your tandem! That's some love of cycling and understanding how the right gear can make every ride better! Awesome.
    Jens Voigt doesn't complain about what suffering does to him, but suffering constantly complains about getting picked on by Jens Voigt.
  • 12-24-2017 8:30 AM In reply to

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    Woodzy - I am in the same, "what whees to get boat." My situation is a bit different in that I am deciding on which wheelset to get to do Mt. Washington with. I've been looking at a few wheelsets and every single time I think I have figured it out - I don't. Heck just the other day I was studying Phil Gaimon's latest Worst Retirement Ever where he won Mt. Washington this year and I was trying to figure out what Mavic wheels he used (tubulars btw). I am very curious about the offerings by Giant because of their cost and knowing that Giant makes a lot of gear for other bike manufacturer's. But those new Zipp 303s look to be a good option and my 404 FCCCs have been wicked dependable and the performance is fantastic. Then the Ksyrium's I have which at this point are over 12 years old and have only needed service once are a great advertisment for durability and performance by Mavic. I feel like it is coming down to too many good choices, which is not a bad thing but definitely a 1st world problem.
    Jens Voigt doesn't complain about what suffering does to him, but suffering constantly complains about getting picked on by Jens Voigt.
  • 12-24-2017 11:27 AM In reply to

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    Not every bike takes HED.s, but some .. ;-)

     


    Edit: It looks like there is no sale/offer around anywhere at the moment ..
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  • 12-27-2017 11:40 AM In reply to

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    I have a set of Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40s on my 2015 S2 and it rides like a dream, totally love it. Bought it as a demo set for 1400CAD, good deals can be had! A good buddy of mine bought the FLO Carbon 60s for his 2015 R5 and loves them as well. Comes in at a bit better price point, worthwhile to check out! http://www.flocycling.com/
  • 12-29-2017 9:26 AM In reply to

    • Allanj
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    Things to work out- Carbon or alloy brake track (do you want to be able to stop or not when it rains)? Weight or aerodynamics (are you heavy or light, is your riding flat or hilly)? I am reasonably heavy and so weight not an issue, live somewhere where rain is hard to avoid and so have gone for Mavic Cosmic Carbon Exaliths which have been great. HEDs are harder to get round here but get great reviews and are wider- which may or may not be a good thing depending on which version of the S3 you have and what the clearance is like. Both the options that you suggest are pretty good, though it is worth noting that aero performance comparisons are hard to come by
  • 12-29-2017 1:03 PM In reply to

    • Don
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    Allanj:
    Things to work out- Carbon or alloy brake track (do you want to be able to stop or not when it rains)? it is worth noting that aero performance comparisons are hard to come by

    Here is a side by side test.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0BH3wXzhrI

    In full disclosure... We became a HED dealer because I was so impressed with them. We also can ship worldwide.

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    2009 S1 Sram Red 10 speed (sold)
  • 12-30-2017 8:27 AM In reply to

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    Allanj:
    Things to work out- Carbon or alloy brake track (do you want to be able to stop or not when it rains)?
    I've run Bontrager Aeoleus 5.0s and since 2011 Zipp 404 FCCCs and never ever have I had a problem stopping when it rains. Is there a difference, yes, but it's one of those things like using clipless pedals you have to remember and it means braking a bit sooner is all.
    Jens Voigt doesn't complain about what suffering does to him, but suffering constantly complains about getting picked on by Jens Voigt.
  • 01-03-2018 12:29 PM In reply to

    • Allanj
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    Don:
    Allanj:
    Things to work out- Carbon or alloy brake track (do you want to be able to stop or not when it rains)? it is worth noting that aero performance comparisons are hard to come by

    Here is a side by side test.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0BH3wXzhrI .

    Good test, doesn't have either of the wheels the OP asked about though!
  • 01-03-2018 12:31 PM In reply to

    • Allanj
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    cawright1375:
    Allanj:
    Things to work out- Carbon or alloy brake track (do you want to be able to stop or not when it rains)?
    I've run Bontrager Aeoleus 5.0s and since 2011 Zipp 404 FCCCs and never ever have I had a problem stopping when it rains. Is there a difference, yes, but it's one of those things like using clipless pedals you have to remember and it means braking a bit sooner is all.
    Braking you have to think about doesn't sound good to me and I've heard much less positive things about braking on carbon rims than this! From reading reviews, they do seem to be improving it has to be said
  • 01-03-2018 2:48 PM In reply to

    • Noel
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    Excel Sports currently has the HED Jet 6 Plus on sale for USD998, down from USD1,400). Maybe Don can give a better price to our OP? Or not? :) This of course is just assuming our OP is considering the brand and model. https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp?page=8&description=Jet+6+Plus+Wheelset&vendorCode=HED&major=13&minor=1
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  • 01-07-2018 9:22 PM In reply to

    • Art_Mtl
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    try this shop, often they have specials on HED wheels : https://www.mybikeshop.com/collections/wheels?constraint=HED .
  • 01-13-2018 12:20 AM In reply to

    • Don
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    Re: Picking a set of wheels

    It took me a couple of days to put this together But... I can do the 998.00... + I can through in a pair of Continental 700 / 23 mm 4000sII tires.
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    2015 S3 Sram Red 11 Speed
    2015 R2 Sram Red 11 Speed
    2013 P5 Dura Ace Di2 11 Speed
    2009 S1 Sram Red 10 speed (sold)
  • 02-16-2018 6:24 AM In reply to

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    I just picked up a set of Mavic Kysrium Pro Carbon SL C clinchers for $1,079 via Competitive Cyclist. Going to put them on my R3 after I upgrade to Red 22 next month.
    Jens Voigt doesn't complain about what suffering does to him, but suffering constantly complains about getting picked on by Jens Voigt.
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