I've been racing probably once every 2-3 weeks lately, and that is set to continue for another 6 months, or so.
So here's what I've come up with. If I want power when I train and race, so ideally I need power cranks, but a) I use 180mm cranks, and b) I'm using Campy. Those combined complicate things.
Because of that, the best solution I've come up with is the following:
Enve 3.4 SES clincher, with a Powertap G3, and Alchemy ELF front hub (or similar). It looks like it could get those build up to be a touch under 1500g. Clearly not 'race light' but not too bad considering 35mm/45mm and a powertap thrown in.
So this wheelset will essentially be used between 12-16 hours a week, almost all year long (no real winter in Australia!)
What do we think, does this make sense? Should i forget power and get a proper set of race wheels? Should spend my life savings on a Campy SRM + Bora Ultras?!
The Campagnolo ring spacing is very close to Shimano and you can run any other SRM with Campagnolo. Just buy whatever you can get cheaply. You can certainly get a used SRM for $500.
If you really need to match the crank (which is kinda what I'm getting from your post), the Campagnolo SRM is really beautiful...
I'm sure you'll be happy with any of the choices discussed but FFS don't get Boras.... yesterday's aerodynamics at a vast price.
Which as you can see, is why im looking at the power tap option. I realise its not the 'best' or the more 'pro' option, but i figured with the new lighter G3 generation powetaps, i could build a pretty light round wheelset.
Thanks for the input Colnago68, but with conditions of the roads around the place (glass etc), I can't bring myself to train on tubulars.
Tokyo Drifter wrote:Crank based power meters are more reliable, lighter and can be used with any wheelset.....
Reliability is debatable. Weight is not. PowerTap G3 is a lighter addition to your bike. Its 325 grams for the hub. G3 ceramic is even lighter if you have extra cash laying around and you're struggling to find a way to spend it.
G3 compared to a dura-ace hub, you're maybe adding 50 grams for a power meter. G3 compared to a ZIPP hub, you're adding maybe 140 grams.
With a Red Quark vs. Red Standard crank you're adding around 170 grams. With a Red SRM you're adding around 230g compared to Red Standard.
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