But... will I notice any difference the these wheelsets?
The bike is a Cannondale Synapse HiMod, year 2012 equipped with Mavic Ksyrium Elite S.
The weight penalty from:
Elite to Shimano DA 9000 CS24 is app. 170 grams
Elite to Fulcrum Racing Zero is app. 100 grams
All 3 wheels get very nice reviews. I want the best wheelset, and do not care so much about the looks (function over fashion!).
My budget is max the price of the Fulcrum Racing Zero (app. €1.000). I would love a pair of high quality high profile (35-50 mm) carbon clinchers, but I do not believe I can such a wheelset within my budget! Carbon clinchers within my budget I believe they are too heavy, and I do not like the idea of buying a used wheelset.
I mainly ride the relative flat terrain in Denmark. I participate in races (just for fun) and bike 3-4 times a week. My weight is app. 85 kg (185 pounds).
Will I ever notice the difference if I buy a new wheelset? or should I just put the money in the bank.
Why have you limited your choice to these wheelsets ?
If you're new to racing and want to spend some $$$, get an affordable power solution and focus on training the best that you can.
If you really want to get new wheels, on your flat terrain the small weight differences really aren't a big deal, so yeh get yourself some deeper rims. With the budget you mention, consider some handbuilts. I've only heard good things about Gigantex.
I'd go for something along the lines of the RS61 35mm Shimano clinchers and save a few euros to spend on other things but I'm sure some will recommend other factory wheelsets, and others suggest the seductions of hand-builts.
Providing you avoid extremes it's a crap shoot really but there aren't any really poor factory wheels at the price you're looking at IMO.
-2014 Cipollini Bond EPS | 2017 enigma echo SR11 | 2011 Time RXR ULTeam SR11 | 2010 Colnago EPS SR11 | 2013 Colnago C59 SR-EPS | 2011 Colnago Prestige Di2 | 2013 Specialized Shiv TT SWorks SR11
2011 Scott Addict R1 DA 7900 Matt black
2012 Scott CR1 Pro Ultegra 6700
2015 Specialized SWorks Tarmac Da 9000
2016 Specialized SWorks Tarmac DA 9100
Uncanny, as I'm in almost the same predicament. Was actually going to post regarding the difference between the Ksyrium Elite S vs DA C24 9000 TL wheel set.
I have the 2014 Synapse Hi Mod 2 Red which came with the Ksyrium Elite S wheels and Yksion tires. Haven't ridden these but rode the Ksyrium SL for several years and didn't really have a complaint with those.
Figured with new bike, I'd try another wheel set and heard only positives regarding the DA C24 9000. I actually think the Elite S are lighter but not by much.
So worth the extra $300 investment? I love the Contis, been riding only those for past 2 years after frequent flats with other brands.
Other points to ponder, the Mavics are more proprietary in design so the Shimano's might be a better from a maintenance standpoint Mavic's are also a sealed hub design which I think makes them a better winter choice while adding some minimal rolling resistance. Mavic's look a bit nicer, at least on my Trek.
Personally I prefer the Shimano's overall, but there are advantages to each design which is why i kept the Mavci's for my older Trek 5200 while putting on C 24's on my C-59. Both of them are good products, I just think the Shimano Dura Ace is a cut above.
Lastly, instead of focusing on Fulcrum take a look at Campy(same company)
I have ridden or owned all three and like the DAs best. Alu spokes are a no-no, though they are tough
Mavic hubs are inferior to the loose ball type
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