Wheelset for the next CX season

Especially for light weight issues concerning cyclocross / touring bikes & parts.

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Andrazz
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by Andrazz

Hi!

I'm looking for low- or mid-priced wheelset for the next cyclocross season, and maybe for road training. I need stiff and durable wheels, because I train rough terrain sometimes. The weight is significant, also...

These wheelsets come into my prominence at the moment:
- Shimano Ultegra WH-6700
- Mavic Aksium Race
- Fulcrum Racing 5 (maybe the CX version)


What are Your opinion? Other suggestions?

Or should I build sg? What kind of hubs do You recommend? (Ultegra 6600? Dura 7800? Miche?) Rims? (Open Pro? Reflex? CXP?) And spokes?

Thanks a lot!

musgravecycles
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by musgravecycles

DA hubs to HED tubular rims. The wider rim is strong and perfect for cross.

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availpunk9
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by availpunk9

Whatever you end up with, get tubulars.

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the_marsbar
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by the_marsbar

A set of wheels built on Mavic Reflex rims should be fairly cheap (cheaper than an Ultegra wheelset). I bought a set last year and so far I really like them (they have Dura-Ace hubs)!

jghall
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by jghall

Agree with the above, tubulars and Hed.

Will also throw out Cole 25T's. Not real expensive either.

tsutaoka
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by tsutaoka

availpunk9 wrote:Whatever you end up with, get tubulars.



what about tubeless?

PinnacleWheelWorks
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by PinnacleWheelWorks

I'd look into the 28/32h Velocity A23 rims they are strong, affordable, and fairly light. Ultegra hubs would be easily serviceable and keep the price down. They seem to be hard to get now in a 28h front hub. So maybe a Dura Ace front hub Ultegra rear. You could do revolution spokes front and NDS rear and Comp DS rear. I would expect that to be around 1700g. A lot of the weight would be the hubs. I only suggested clinchers because the three wheel sets you listed were all clinchers.

Splaticus
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by Splaticus

tsutaoka wrote:
availpunk9 wrote:Whatever you end up with, get tubulars.


what about tubeless?


Seems like the tire choices are somewhat limited, depending on if you want to only run tubless-ready tires or try and get standard tires to seal up with some stans/stans strips.

That said, I just built up a wheelset with Ultegra hubs and Stans Alpha 340 rims. I needed something for everyday use that wouldn't break the bank and still be somewhat light. I'm also a big fan of tubeless after running it on my MTBs. I'm planning on trying the Hutchinson Bulldogs tubeless.

tsutaoka
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by tsutaoka

Splaticus wrote:
tsutaoka wrote:
availpunk9 wrote:Whatever you end up with, get tubulars.


what about tubeless?


Seems like the tire choices are somewhat limited, depending on if you want to only run tubless-ready tires or try and get standard tires to seal up with some stans/stans strips.

That said, I just built up a wheelset with Ultegra hubs and Stans Alpha 340 rims. I needed something for everyday use that wouldn't break the bank and still be somewhat light. I'm also a big fan of tubeless after running it on my MTBs. I'm planning on trying the Hutchinson Bulldogs tubeless.


thanks for the note. how's your experience with the hutchinson bulldogs?

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Oregonic
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by Oregonic

I've been using DA 7700 hubs with Mavic Open Pro's for a few seasons now. They've been super reliable for some racing and a lot of gravel road/trail rides througout the summers. Not the lightest out there, but I've never had to worry about them, and the hubs are rebuildable, which is really nice!

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