Wheel upgrade for indoor velodrome

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liam7020
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by liam7020

I’ve had a few outings on the indoor velodrome and I'm hoping to concentrate on it a bit more seriously over the winter months. With that in mind I want to upgrade my aluminium box rim wheels to something a bit quicker. I’m not sure what events I would choose to ride but I’m certainly not an all out sprinter and I reckon I lack the focus for very long bunch events so maybe a bit of an all rounder!

So these are the wheelsets I’m looking at, all tubs but I’m open to more experienced opinions:

1. 60mm spoked F/R
2. 90mm spoked F/R
3. 60mm F & 90mm R spoked
4. Trispoke carbon F/R
5. Trispoke F & disc R
All comments and advice welcome. Cheers.
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by iheartbianchi

liam7020 wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:42 am
I’ve had a few outings on the indoor velodrome and I'm hoping to concentrate on it a bit more seriously over the winter months. With that in mind I want to upgrade my aluminium box rim wheels to something a bit quicker. I’m not sure what events I would choose to ride but I’m certainly not an all out sprinter and I reckon I lack the focus for very long bunch events so maybe a bit of an all rounder!

So these are the wheelsets I’m looking at, all tubs but I’m open to more experienced opinions:

1. 60mm spoked F/R
2. 90mm spoked F/R
3. 60mm F & 90mm R spoked
4. Trispoke carbon F/R
5. Trispoke F & disc R
All comments and advice welcome. Cheers.
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jekyll man
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by jekyll man

Personally I'd go #1
Sounds like you don't have a lot of track experience at the mo, so I'd go with something that is replaceable or repairable and doesn't require much of a thought upgrade to your riding technique

Plenty of used options come up on uk track cycling Facebook page.
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liam7020
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by liam7020

Thanks for the comments guys. I am a total track novice but have over 30 years TT experience riding discs and deep section rims. That said I wouldn't want to rock up to the track with very posh wheels only to look like a total pilgrim! At the moment I thinking towards the 60/90 spoked as a decent compromise - I can build them up myself so it would be easy to replace broken spokes or re-true in the event of a prang.
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by joeyb1000

I would also stick with the 60cm front and rear. Discs and tri-spokes are a little faster, but the extra cost isn't really worth it for regular use and some people think the added stiffness makes them easier to slide out.
You didn't mention tires. I assume you are getting tubulars.

(FYI, I have 45 years of track racing experience)

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