1) Custom: Tune, Alchemy. Extralite, Dash Cycles or Chris King hubs with ENVE 1.25, Reynolds 32, or Zipp 202 carbon rims
$3096 using Enve 1.25 and DT 180 hubs; Weight 888 grams!
2) Campy Hyperon Ultra 2 Carbon Tubular Wheelset
$3800 1231 grams
3) Lightweight Gipfelsturm Wheelset
$4995 Weight 999 grams
Obviously different price points but any one have experiences to compare or advice to give?
The others are lighter, but would you trust them?
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Have you now sworn off carbon clinchers when descending Page Mill viewtopic.php?f=3&t=75801&p=713529#p713529 ?
FRONT WHEELREAR WHEEL
WEIGHT FW450 gr
WEIGHT BW575 gr
RIM DEPTH27 mm
RIM WIDTH19,5 mm
NO. OF SPOKES (FW/BW)20/24
TYRE WIDTH19-27 mm
MAX. SYSTEM WEIGHT110 kg
2) Carbon Clincher Wheels not on my wish list:
Strongly discouraged for Levi Leiheimer's Gran Fondo
http://levisgranfondo.desk.com/customer ... her-wheels
Please leave them at home.
Carbon clincher wheels are strongly discouraged because they can fail/explode under the extreme braking necessary on sections of this route. Each year, we have riders experience failure of carbon clincher-type wheels. The extreme braking necessary on some of the descents along this route heat up the rim beyond their failure point and they explode. Don't be one of those people.
Here's one account: http://themanleyreport.blogspot.com/200 ... ilure.html
And some tech for your reading enjoyment: http://roadbikeaction.com/Tech-and-New- ... chers.html
Not ridden Hyperon's.
Hyperon is a good choice, they are a little heavy but there is just something about campy hubs---they roll very nice.
No experience in the new LW, i only had the Ventoux, obeymeyer and Standard. They look sexy as hell, but break like glass.
For custom built, I'm a big fan of Fairwheel Bikes. Since you are in California, sending the wheels back to them (for service in the future) will cost you less than 40 dollars by USPS (non priority mail). They after-sale service is TOP NOTCH and they know what to do to EARN your business. I had a set of wheels with Tune hubs that I sent back for service (rear hub) and inspection, they even picked up the shipping cost for return shipping!
I would love to take my Zipp 303 FC tubies and put some higher end hubs on it, same Sapim spokes. So weight would still be under 1200 gms, aero, but get some more stiffness out of the hub/axle.
If I just want stiff, I would just go buy some Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimates...overall, great wheel.
So many ways to build a great wheel though, hard to answer this one.
"Organization is for the simple-minded, the Genius controls the chaos." - Jens
If money was no object (and I could afford to replace a broken wheel without flinching), I would go for LW Obermayers.
For everyday riding, I'm seriously considering ENVE Smart 3.4s with Tune hubs.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10
And just got a set of alchelmy enve 6.7s
Pretty ace wheel selection.
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