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Bargain road wheels

Postby Redhog14 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 14:01 pm

Time has come to upgrade my unbranded hubs and mavic rims as supplied with my CX winter/commuter/tourer..

Any problems with Shimano R501's? at £90 a pair don't think I can go wrong, or can I?

Alternative suggestions welcome :D
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby unixnerd » Mon Nov 05, 2012 14:21 pm

Fiver extra gets Shimano RS10s from Ribble, they're 150g lighter and every little helps :-)
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby Chris Bass » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:15 pm

i currently have RS20's and they are great value for money, i think the 10's are the samne just smaller rims!!
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby maddog 2 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:39 pm

Merlin have some good deals atm - rs20 for under 100

see http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... -pair.html
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby smidsy » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:11 pm

No particular issues with those already mentioned but I would not be certain they represent any upgrade to what you currently have.

Any wheelset under £200 is unlikely to be a major improvement and you could argue that you need to spend considerably more than that.

What do you want/expect from the upgrade?
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby FransJacques » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:20 pm

RS 20s and 10s are great and, amazingly, quite indestructable wheelsets for the cash, depite the low spoke count.

I had some 501 and the spokes went loose often and in the rear they broke often, but because spares were easy to find I just replaced them without bother. They made me good a truing wheels :-)
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby wilo13 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:39 pm

smidsy wrote:No particular issues with those already mentioned but I would not be certain they represent any upgrade to what you currently have.

Any wheelset under £200 is unlikely to be a major improvement and you could argue that you need to spend considerably more than that.

What do you want/expect from the upgrade?


Totally agree. Your better off saving up until you have £400. You could then get a decent set of handbuilt wheels or something like Fulcrum racing 3's or Mavic Krysrium Equipe's which would be lighter, stiffer and have better quality hubs.
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby Redhog14 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:41 pm

The wheels on my current bike are Mavic CXP22 rims on unbranded hubs which don't have a seal on them so I resorted to packing them with tractor grease last year and while this has lasted longer than bike grease I feel the time to change to something more weatherproof. The RS10's are now the standard issue IIRC on the Kinesis CL5t that I have.

not really needing race wheels or owt, this is my winter/commuter, got a decetn set of American Classics on the proper bike.

Thanks for the advice guys the RS10's are on the way. :D
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Re: Bargain road wheels

Postby keef66 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 17:01 pm

FWIW my RS10's are entering their 5th winter. Never so much as taken a spoke key to them, despite some hefty pothole incidents. Did strip the hubs once (more out of curiosity) but found them shiny and smooth with plenty of grease so just added a bit more and reassembled them. I reckon the seals are pretty effective.


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