Aero wheels

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brian
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by brian

Which are the best aero clinchers for everyday use by a 81 kg rider?

thanks!

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Samu Ilonen
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by Samu Ilonen

Mavic Cosmic carbones definedly.

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Bruiser
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by Bruiser

If American Classic have improved their hubs, their 420 is a lighter and cheaper option over the Cosmics.

Cosmics are stiff and aero while being heavy and expensive.



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Samu Ilonen
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He asked "best", not cheapest...

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drjones96
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by drjones96

Reynolds has a good reputation for their Stratus Carbon Clinchers. They're pricey but worth the money from what I hear ($2000 US MSRP but you can probably shop around and get em for less)

Zipp has some pretty nice aero clinchers (this is where that hawk guy jumps in and starts yammering about how many cracked zipps he's supposedly seen).

On the cheaper side there are the American Classic 420's like Bruiser suggested.

But no complaints about my Rolf Prima Vigor wheelset. I think they cost a little more new than the 420's but they share the same rim section (slightly modified to accomodate the paired spokes). My Vigors have a lot fewer spokes than the 420's though (14F/16R), hubs manufactured by White Industries, and Sapim CX spokes (Not CX-RAY but still pretty nice).

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Coolhand
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by Coolhand

Best-- Reynolds Stratus Carbon Clinchers.


Pricey though. :(
This forum would be a better place if you had to know what you were talking about prior to posting. And if you took yourself less seriously.

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rico
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by rico

Actually....hawk isn't the only one who has had problems with Zipp clinchers :?

I have, and am growing to love, 05 Cosmic Carbones. Agree that Vigors are nice, quite a bit lighter (300g?) than Carbones. Lovely hubs too.

Wish I hadn't sold mine, can't find a pair in the UK...

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by Boonen

For everyday use the cosmic carbone's are very good.
Maybe the HED3 are an option as well, I don't have much experience with them except as a front for TT. :?:

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MGS9500
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by MGS9500

I've used my Zipp 404 clinchers for every day training without a problem.
I know others have had problems, but the new production appear to have better rims and Zipp does stand behing the product.

This year I added a set of Rolf Vigor Elan wheels. The weather hasn't been great and I've only put on about 400 miles, but that involves standard riding over the worst of roads without a problem.

I only weigh about 78kg.

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I love my Spinergy Carbon Tillium clincher wheelset. Very aero, very lightweight, very strong and good value for money.

With white PBO spokes that are stronger than normal spokes they ride smooth and true for ages!

Brilliant in the hills, sprints, flats or wherever. Have had no problems with mine since I bought them 1 year ago.

I think at the end of the day the wheels have got to look good on your bike wether on your training bike or race bike. So for that reason I wouldn't go for the American Classic wheels.

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by onyourleft

Easton's new 56mm deep Tempest II looks good. Tubular though, not clincher, and I don't know if I'd use them as an "everyday" wheel.
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Aero beats weight - unless you're slow!

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by 2002SaecoReplica

Has anyone done any good riding on these? I understand Easton recently bought Velomax so these are really Velomax wheels with Easton's name on them? They look like nice wheels but I'm curious to see what others think.

As for the carbon clinchers, Carbone's hands down. Heavy yes, but they're super stiff which is what you want.
- Zipp rims will break if you look at them too hard
- R-Sys wheels will spontaneously explode
- The ZG crankset will never, ever exist
- Everyone needs Lightweights, even if they're fat and old
- Parts actually made of metal are SO 10 years ago

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by rohaimie

[quote="2002SaecoReplica"]Has anyone done any good riding on these? I understand Easton recently bought Velomax so these are really Velomax wheels with Easton's name on them? They look like nice wheels but I'm curious to see what others think.

As for the carbon clinchers, Carbone's hands down. Heavy yes, but they're super stiff which is what you want.[/quot


Has anyone here use Mavic carbone as an training and everyday ride??
italian bikes rules!

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by rohaimie

try this
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weight same as mavic carbone.
italian bikes rules!

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Samu Ilonen
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rohaimie wrote:Has anyone here use Mavic carbone as an training and everyday ride??


Think about this way:

-you got durable hubs
-you got good/enought spokes
-you got solid/good quality rims (Open Pro's with carbon cover?)

So why not for everyday use?

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