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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:30 pm 
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I am about to order a Canyon Ultimate CF 8.0 (Campagnolo). In my opinion moderately-high profile aero wheels would look pretty sweet on it, that's why I'd like to buy some to replace the stock Mavic Ksyrium Equipe.

However, spinning a few wheels at the LBS and listening to some bikes on the road over the last few weeks I noticed that many wheel's free-wheels are pretty noisy. I can't stand that.

Do good wheels exist that have a 30-50 mm rim, cost up to 650 €, and that are rather silent? Ideally with a black brake track. I weigh 85 kg.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:56 pm 
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I'd say Shimano RS-80 C50 is spot on, ofcourse you will hear the freewheel but it is IME nowhere near as loud as Zipp, Mavic, Reynolds and many others.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:18 am 
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Thanks DMF, but I would need Campagnolo-compatible wheels.

Any other wheels worth considering?

I think as long as the brake track is black I would also like 20-30 mm rims.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:24 am 
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Why would you hear it? Surely you are either pedaling, or stopped? :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:46 am 
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how funny, I just built a new wheelset and went out of my way to make the freespin as loud as possible. :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 12:07 pm 
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RTW wrote:
Why would you hear it? Surely you are either pedaling, or stopped? :wink:


This!

And, why would 'sound' even matter? Wheels do soooo much to change the ride quality and handling characteristics (& weight, stiffness) of your bike that i cant see sound mattering the slightest. Especially if you are either pedaling or stopped.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 12:28 pm 
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Unless you are keen to go a full carbon rim I think you will struggle to get something with a black braking surface, or something that will stay black over time.

If you want carbon you could look at planet x or campy bullet 50. But the bullets are heavyish with alloy braking surface.

Alloy you could try campy zondas or Easton EA90 aero but these are closer to 30mm than 50mm.

A lot will come down to what type of terrain you ride and what weight range you are targeting.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:02 pm 
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RTW, Elpimpo: I coast quite often. For me, sound (or better: the lack of it) is not more important than ride characteristics, but still important.

ALAN Carbon+: Thanks for your input, I was already suspecting that for a black braking surface I would need full carbon wheels. Actually, that's the reason why I wrote 30 to 50 mm, and not just 50. Are the wheels you mention rather silent? The Planet X wheels seem interesting because the are no too expensive. Do you know anything about their "noise emissions"?


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:08 pm 
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I can only give feedback on the noise of the Zondas. The set I have a much quieter than other campy wheels I have had.

In the similar price range to the Campy Zondas are the Fulcrum wheels, Ribble has the Racing 1 for 660 Euros.

Another option I came across is from Yishun, the are producing a 40mm alloy wheel. Again not sure how noisy the freehub will be. http://www.shop-yishunbike.com/wheels/r ... ike-wheels" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The planet x look appealing from a price point perspective. There may be others who can give feedback on them.

Good luck and enjoy your new bike.


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http://fairwheelbikes.com/cycling-blog/updates-and-news/rear-hub-noise-comparison.html

Hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:13 pm 
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That helps a lot, thanks. It's beyond me how anyone could ride around with something like those Exalite Hyper Rear.

I was thinking about the "you either pedal or stop" comments. Were you serious? Genuinely curious.


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I get distracted by loud ass freewheels when I race. I was near a guy last night with the noisiest DT240 I've ever heard - I could have sworn he was on an old Zipp... there's no way I could ride that.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:32 pm 
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You might want to check out Easton wheels. My Velomax Orions with the R3 hubs are almost dead silent and I would assume that same ratchet and pawls were carried over into the current R4 Easton hubs.


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