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Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:07 pm
by caad4rep
I'm in the market for a set of carbon clinchers and looking to spend around $1k-$1,200. I'm around 79kg and live in a generally flat and windy place but spend my weekends climbing up and down steep hills.

I'd like carbon clinchers in the 30-45mm depth range.

Short list so far:
-Fulcrum quattro carbon
-Reynolds Assault or maybe attacks
-used Zipps (202's and 303's in good shape look to be in my price range)

Any others that I really should consider? Thoughts?

Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:07 pm
by Weenie

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:18 pm
by MaraudingWalrus
I'd encourage you to find a wheel builder and see what they can do. Lots of us build with rims from places like Nextie, Speeder, or lightbicycle (various direct from China and Taiwan manufacturers).

The most recent set of 45mms I just got to build up for a customer are like $400 for the rims shipped from Nextie, and you can realistically put just about whatever you want for hubs and spokes in there and still fall well within that price range.

They'll all have a ton of different finish and spoke hole options. Image

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:26 pm
by wintershade
You could probably pick up a set of Bora One 35s in that price range. Pro Bike Kit had the cheapest prices I could find when recently shopping for Ultra 35s. I have a discount/referral code I can PM you that would get you another $35 off whatever is listed on their site.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:44 pm
by AJS914
I priced out Bora One 50s the other day and it was around $1400 with discounts. They also sell the Venn wheels for super cheap.

Performance Bike sells the Reynolds R wheels. There is frequently a 20% extra deal going (like right now for instance). They look pretty darn good to me for $800. They are a 25mm wide rim. The difference between these and the regular Reynolds line seem to be the hubs. These look like an oem Bitex hub to me which should perform without issue. They also have a shallower R3 and a deeper R6 wheelset.

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/re ... ve-50-4913

Personally, I'm going to buy some Farsport wheels from China soon (on sale 11/11) for around $600 with DT 350S hubs and cx-ray spokes. One reason I don't buy the R wheels is that they don't have a Campy freehub option and I don' t want to jump through hoops to find one.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:51 pm
by caad4rep
wintershade wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:26 pm
You could probably pick up a set of Bora One 35s in that price range. Pro Bike Kit had the cheapest prices I could find when recently shopping for Ultra 35s. I have a discount/referral code I can PM you that would get you another $35 off whatever is listed on their site.
Is PBK reliable these days? It's been a while but my 2 prior experiences with them was not positive.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:51 am
by Catagory6
prowheelbuilder

Nox Falkor 36
bitex hubs
cx-ray

@ $1300

quite a bit cheaper with Lazers

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:33 am
by mpulsiv
Catagory6 wrote:prowheelbuilder

Nox Falkor 36
bitex hubs
cx-ray

@ $1300

quite a bit cheaper with Lazers
Why bother if one can pick up Bora One 35 for $75 more? Light, ultra stiff, superior craftsmanship, fantastic serviceable hubs, best braking performance.
https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-whee ... 79741.html
Image

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:15 am
by jlok
+1 to Bora One. Very robust and light.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:20 pm
by Catagory6
mpulsiv wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:33 am
Catagory6 wrote:prowheelbuilder

Nox Falkor 36
bitex hubs
cx-ray

@ $1300

quite a bit cheaper with Lazers
Why bother if one can pick up Bora One 35 for $75 more? Light, ultra stiff, superior craftsmanship, fantastic serviceable hubs, best braking performance.
https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-whee ... 79741.html
Image
cuz you can get the Nox with different colored hubs, and silver spokes?

how much is import duty to US?

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:31 pm
by Noctiluxx
Bora One's will be better than 99% of wheels at twice as price.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:35 am
by Catagory6
Noctiluxx wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Bora One's will be better than 99% of wheels at twice as price.
c'mon, don't leave us in suspense.

i got the response that zipp 202 were the worst of all worlds, because of their depth. that the mid-depth rim profile doesn't do anything well.

wow, PBK REALLY doesn't want to be contacted with any questions. seems just about impossible to send them an email, unless you've already ordered something from them.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:20 am
by mpulsiv
Catagory6 wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:20 pm
mpulsiv wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:33 am
Catagory6 wrote:prowheelbuilder

Nox Falkor 36
bitex hubs
cx-ray

@ $1300

quite a bit cheaper with Lazers
Why bother if one can pick up Bora One 35 for $75 more? Light, ultra stiff, superior craftsmanship, fantastic serviceable hubs, best braking performance.
https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-whee ... 79741.html
Image
cuz you can get the Nox with different colored hubs, and silver spokes?

how much is import duty to US?
Your decision is based on different colored hubs and silver spokes over Campagnolo wheels? :unbelievable:
PBK ship for free worldwide. There's no import duty fees. It's $1375 delivered to your door.
What exactly do you want to ask PBK? www.probikekit.com/probikekit/customerQ ... =postQuery

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:03 am
by pdlpsher1
Anything over $900 (or it is $800, can't recall exactly) of goods shipped to the U.S. will get slapped with a 10% import duty if they use DHL. Sometimes a slower shipping service than DHL won't get slapped with the duty. But I have bought a set of Bora Ultra wheels from Wiggle and I got slapped by a 10% duty. Starbike uses a slower shipper and I've never paid any duties. YMMV.

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:01 pm
by Catagory6
mpulsiv wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:20 am
Catagory6 wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:20 pm
mpulsiv wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:33 am
Catagory6 wrote:prowheelbuilder

Nox Falkor 36
bitex hubs
cx-ray

@ $1300

quite a bit cheaper with Lazers
Why bother if one can pick up Bora One 35 for $75 more? Light, ultra stiff, superior craftsmanship, fantastic serviceable hubs, best braking performance.
https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-whee ... 79741.html
Image
cuz you can get the Nox with different colored hubs, and silver spokes?

how much is import duty to US?
Your decision is based on different colored hubs and silver spokes over Campagnolo wheels? :unbelievable:
PBK ship for free worldwide. There's no import duty fees. It's $1375 delivered to your door.
What exactly do you want to ask PBK? www.probikekit.com/probikekit/customerQ ... =postQuery
haven't made a decision about anything here. don't know where you got that from. :noidea:

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:01 pm
by Weenie

Re: Mid-depth carbon wheels around $1,200?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:12 pm
by IchDien
Zipp 302?