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Best current all-round carbon clinchers

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:44 am
by showbiz
*UPDATED*

hey guys,

I'm in the market for some new carbon clinchers.

I do majority climbing but am after the best all-round/purpose wheel available.

I'm fairly light on the bike and don't want anything too deep dish as to avoid getting blown around.

Based loosely on my budget, here's what I've come up with so far:

Zipp 303 Firecrest - 2012 - around $1600-$1700 + SHIPPING SECOND HAND
Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon - 2013 - NEW - $1499 usd + SHIPPING
Reynolds FORTY SIX - 2012 - NEW - $1496 usd + SHIPPING
Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Clincher - ? - around $1800 + SHIPPING SECOND HAND
HED Jet 4 FR - 2013 - NEW - $1450 + SHIPPING
CORIMA AERO+ - 2011 - around $1500 + SHIPPING SECOND HAND

Reynolds Assault - 2012 - $900 usd SHIPPED


These prices represent the best I can find at the moment that will ship to me here in Australia.
I've included the Reynolds Assaults because they are HALF the price of the others and get decent reviews.

Based on the above years/prices + build quality, reviews etc, which represents the best value for money?

Please vote in the poll.

Cheers!

Best current all-round carbon clinchers

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:44 am
by Weenie

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:50 am
by Zen Cyclery
The Enve option is hard to beat. They have consistent braking and efficient heat dissipation. The 5 year warranty is hard to argue with too.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:04 am
by showbiz
Zen Cyclery wrote:The Enve option is hard to beat. They have consistent braking and efficient heat dissipation. The 5 year warranty is hard to argue with too.


yeh they seem to get consistently good reviews.

not sure if ill be able to find a set second hand in my price range though! :(

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:17 am
by prendrefeu
Xentis Squad 4.2 can be had - new - for around 1520,17 Euro (no VAT, from Starbike, who sponsor/host this forum). That's just over $2000, which is above your budget, but they are new, handmade wheels, not used.

They tested better than ZIPP for braking in the dry, and 2nd to ZIPP for braking in the wet.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:31 am
by ThePullMan
Take a look at the 202 Firecrest too!

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:57 am
by showbiz
prendrefeu wrote:They tested better than ZIPP for braking in the dry, and 2nd to ZIPP for braking in the wet.


you have a link for the results of these tests?

couldn't find any reviews/much info on these wheels.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:17 am
by prendrefeu
http://www.xentis.com/en/2011/patented- ... teaser-en/

ROADBIKE Test, Issue Nr. 08, August 2012
http://www.roadbike.de/heft/aktuelles-h ... 3585.9.htm

But of course if you can find something used in your price range, the Enve and ZIPPs are apparently really great.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:26 am
by airwise
Ritchey Superlogic easily outperformed both Zipp and Enve in the recent Tour test.

They use the Reynolds DV46 rim. They are very inexpensive compared with the boutique brands. You could probably afford a pair of these AND some Fulcrums for the same money.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:43 pm
by eric
The list price on the Ritchey web site is $2500 for the pair.

Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:56 pm
by drmutley
+1 for the ENVE option

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:33 pm
by prendrefeu
About to step out for a ride - but thought I would check on your behalf, showbiz...

and boom! NEW Ritchey Superlogic wheelset in your price range.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2013-Ritche ... 2ec6119161

:beerchug:

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:32 pm
by clxcolnago
Zeros or slr or madfibers...

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:31 pm
by NWSAlpine
prendrefeu wrote:About to step out for a ride - but thought I would check on your behalf, showbiz...

and boom! NEW Ritchey Superlogic wheelset in your price range.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2013-Ritche ... 2ec6119161" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:beerchug:


For that price I would much rather have something more aero like the new Boyd carbon wheels. The 44mm depth would be a great wheel for a lighter rider.

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:39 pm
by showbiz
airwise wrote:Ritchey Superlogic easily outperformed both Zipp and Enve in the recent Tour test.

They use the Reynolds DV46 rim. They are very inexpensive compared with the boutique brands. You could probably afford a pair of these AND some Fulcrums for the same money.



Thanks for the helpful replies.

I had noticed the Superlogics on a few of the bikes I'd seen in the magazines recently but never really gave them much further thought.

I will probably need another set of wheels for winter riding so it's definitely something to consider! 2 x pairs for the price of one, or go all out on the absolute best available. I'm really leaning the 303 Firecrest but still researching.

Cheers!

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers? bontrager zipp

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:39 pm
by Weenie

Re: Best current all-round carbon clinchers (2013)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:00 am
by MOTOMATT
+2 for the ENVE option I am loving my Mine :thumbup: