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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 1:01 pm 
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Ok , so here's my situation I am relatively new to road biking, with this forum seeing me move from a Bianchi Via nirone ( now sold ) , to Ribble Evo Carbon ( now winter bike ) and now a Cervelo S1 ( fair weather bike ) I am in a quandry. I want to move my old Pro lite Bracciano's to my Ribble for winter and get new wheels for the cervelo. I ride my Cervelo on rolling countryside with the steepest hills being Burrington Coombe and Cheddar Gorge and lasting no more than 2 miles.

Typically I ride 25-40 mile evening rides but on a 60 mile ride on this type of terrain I average 17-18 mph. So by no means a speed demon. I weigh 200lbs.

I am sold on either another pair of Pro Lite's at 1400g (£320) as I have been pleased with them , or for aesthetics 50mm Farsports Carbon Clinchers c, 1350g. (£400) I have no concerns particularly of overheating brake tracks, the most braking I do is for junctions and not alpine passes.

What's the consensus?


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 2:25 pm 
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I don't know why you would want a set of pro-lites for "aesthetic reasons". Cheap carbon looks crap and is crap. "Wow, awesome pro-lites!" is not something that I have ever heard before.

If you can't afford it, get a good set of alloy clinchers, such as fulcrum racing zeros. If you must have carbon, and don't have money for something sweet, atleast get something that is decent, from a reputable brand. Mavic Cosmic Carbone's or Shimano RS-80 c50s come to mind.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 4:41 pm 
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mmmm, not what I actually wrote, I wrote the 50mm farsports for aesthetics i.e being deep rim and would look 'better' with an aero ride. Respect your thinking though re reputable brand....


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Save you money and ride your bike more, you'll be happier in the end


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 10:10 pm 
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Some of the cheap chinese carbon rims arent crap. In fact most of them are not. The ones from hongfu are pretty good. Go to bikehubstore.com and buy the hubs & spokes. You could build up a set of wheels at a more than reasonable price.

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I have also seen some decent cheap carbon wheels, light as well. But about the same money you could have a pair of stans alphas (28H) lased to ambrosio zenith hubs with sapim race DS and lasers everywehere else and have a built that come in at ~1500g with skewers. You could loose more weight with lighter spokes drive side as well.

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Stans Alphas 22.6mm vs Farsports 50mm- one of those is going to have a significant aero advantage over the other.


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stiffer as well. I've 'heard', not confirmed for myself, that thhey arent stiff and that they dent easily...that I have seen.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:12 am 
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There adavnatges and disadvantages to everything. If you are averaging 17-18mph I would suspect, in a normal riding position, the areo advantage of 50mm V section rims is minimal. It should help a little in short sprints though (how much I could not say). However with an absence of data over a range of speeds it is difficult to draw firm conclusions. I have never riden with 50mm rims in cross winds yet (as I don't own any) but the extra area can cause extra bike wobble as has been reported so many times. This may however be of no cocern to the OP though.

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