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Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:18 pm
by CAAD8FRED
Does anyone know of any cheap carbon wheelsets that are about 45 mm deep and built decently?

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:23 pm
by LouisN
DEfine cheap ?
On WW you'll probably get lots of $1500. options... :lol:

Louis :)

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:23 pm
by Weenie

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:24 pm
by tarmackev
I had a post earlier with links, £200 ebay wheels, 4 months and 2500 miles in and theyre going strong.
55mm deep but im sure they do 45mm versions.

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:59 pm
by CAAD8FRED
LouisN wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:23 pm
DEfine cheap ?
On WW you'll probably get lots of $1500. options... :lol:

Louis :)
Chinese level rims but from a Chinese company that’s reputable

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:09 pm
by LouisN
Do you need tubeless ? The price rises by a few hundred $ for those rims.
IMO, there are lots of similar quality carbon rims.
There is a lot of difference in other parts ( Edhubs, Bitex or Novatec VS DtSwiss 350 for example, MAC or Pillar spokes VS Sapim), and that makes for the different prices in wheelsets more than the rims.
Wheelsfar and Yoeleo have almost all of their rims approved by the UCI testing protocol, so IMO it's a good testimony for secure thus minimally solid rim. I think the 45 mm clincher Light Bicycle rims also have UCI homologation.
I would pay an extra $80. for DTSwiss 350 hubs over the asian ones.

Louis :)

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:30 pm
by CAAD8FRED
LouisN wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:09 pm
Do you need tubeless ? The price rises by a few hundred $ for those rims.
IMO, there are lots of similar quality carbon rims.
There is a lot of difference in other parts ( Edhubs, Bitex or Novatec VS DtSwiss 350 for example, MAC or Pillar spokes VS Sapim), and that makes for the different prices in wheelsets more than the rims.
Wheelsfar and Yoeleo have almost all of their rims approved by the UCI testing protocol, so IMO it's a good testimony for secure thus minimally solid rim. I think the 45 mm clincher Light Bicycle rims also have UCI homologation.
I would pay an extra $80. for DTSwiss 350 hubs over the asian ones.

Louis :)
Thanks Louis!!

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:39 pm
by jfranci3
I'd pay for Pillar / Sapim /DT spokes . The DT 350 hubs are quieter and worth $80 more, but the Novatech/Bitex are OK too. Lightbicycle is going to be the best end-to-end shopping experience with about the same prices as everyone else.

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:00 pm
by AJS914
I have some 50mm Farsports wheels. They have been good so far for 3000 miles. $600 shipped for cx-ray spokes and DT Swiss 350 hubs. I caught them on a 10% off sale. That is as cheap as I'm comfortable with on Chinese wheels. With Farsports, you can get it closer to $500 with Novatec hubs. I personally wouldn't bother with $300 no-name wheels from ebay.

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:15 am
by LouisN
I had good luck with previous editions NOvatec F482SB-11 hubs (NOT the SL version).
The newer editions use tiny 15267 size bearings in the freehub ( new model has 4 pawls ) instead of the bigger and more durable 6802 ones.
These bearings just aren't durable. I would steer away from any hub using this bearing size.


Louis :)

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:08 am
by zinedrei
imho, better to decide on your target pricerange. cheap for you may be impossible for me to procure in this lifetime :)

i have around 1.5k usd budget for wheels and torn between a reynolds ar 58 disc or an LB rim with i9 hubs. since the xdr freehub for reynolds is out of stock from the dealer, i am leaning towards the LB wheelset for now. still have around 2 months to decide since my groupset wont arrive till then

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:39 am
by Noctiluxx

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:40 am
by alcatraz
LouisN wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:15 am
I had good luck with previous editions NOvatec F482SB-11 hubs (NOT the SL version).
The newer editions use tiny 15267 size bearings in the freehub ( new model has 4 pawls ) instead of the bigger and more durable 6802 ones.
These bearings just aren't durable. I would steer away from any hub using this bearing size.


Louis :)
15267 are bigger than 6802. Maybe you mean 6902?


Most freehubs have the 6802 as they don't carry the weight of the rider. The hub shell usually has 6902 6903 6803 15267, and in less durable hubs 6802.

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:40 am
by Weenie

Re: Cheap Carbon Wheelset

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:02 pm
by LouisN
Yes, my bad, I meant 6902 :oops: .

Louis :)