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2013-02-19 3:14 PM

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Subject: New wheels: buy or not?
I've been thinking of getting new wheels for a while now.  I'm thinking of the Flos: 60/90, but i"m having a hard time deciding if I want to spend the money or not.  New wheels + new cassette + new tires + new tubes/extenders adds up.  But, the only con I can see when it comes to getting them is the price.  Is there anything I am missing when it comes to new wheels?  


2013-02-19 3:54 PM
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1.  What are you riding now?

2.  What are your goals?

3.  How rich are you?

2013-02-19 3:58 PM
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point of interest - FLO's next preorder is this Thursday.  /justsayin
2013-02-19 4:02 PM
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would these be your race set ?

I train on plain vanilla alloy wheels and are bomb proof. I think they cost $150.

I have a set for just racing...and they weren't cheap, but I've used them often and they are noticeably different (ie faster) than the regular heavy rims.

2013-02-19 5:35 PM
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Spend all the money you can afford on triathlon.  That what most of us here doLaughing
2013-02-19 5:49 PM
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BLT1115 - 2013-02-19 4:14 PM I've been thinking of getting new wheels for a while now.  I'm thinking of the Flos: 60/90, but i"m having a hard time deciding if I want to spend the money or not.  New wheels + new cassette + new tires + new tubes/extenders adds up.  But, the only con I can see when it comes to getting them is the price.  Is there anything I am missing when it comes to new wheels?  

In my case its the permission! Laughing

Two years ago I bought a used set of Felt 40mm TTR3's much cheaper than one new FLO (or other) wheel costs, can always find them on eBay.  They're likely giving me 80-90% of a new wheelset.  That said, I will still be getting a new FLO wheelset as soon as I sell my Harley that I don't ride anymore.Money mouth



2013-02-19 5:53 PM
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You don't need a new cassette just for race wheels.  Cassettes can easily be swapped with the proper tools.

If you're just using this for triathlons and budget is an issue, I would strongly consider investing in the front wheel only, then getting a disc cover for your current rear training wheel.  Some wheels/bikes are not compatible with a disc cover, but the vast majority are.

2013-02-19 5:57 PM
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datlas - 2013-02-19 4:54 PM

1.  What are you riding now?

2.  What are your goals?

3.  How rich are you?

 

Riding QR Dulce with standard wheels

Goals: IM Texas in sub 11:30, maybe sub 11.  Looking for any advantage I can get but the engine is ready.  :-)  

Not rich at all!!!!  Especially since I'm getting married in 11 months...  if I wasn't saving for a wedding, I'd get the wheels, no hesitation.  

2013-02-19 5:59 PM
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michael_runs - 2013-02-19 4:58 PM point of interest - FLO's next preorder is this Thursday.  /justsayin

 

I know!  That's why I need to make up my mind!

2013-02-19 6:02 PM
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This would be my race set.  I plan to keep rocking my current wheels for training.  Therefore, I need a new cassette.  My bike is not compatible with disk cover, unfortunately.  :-(   So, BT, aside from money, what would be the reasons NOT to get them?  
2013-02-19 6:31 PM
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BLT1115 - 2013-02-19 12:57 PM
datlas - 2013-02-19 4:54 PM

1.  What are you riding now?

2.  What are your goals?

3.  How rich are you?

 

Riding QR Dulce with standard wheels

Goals: IM Texas in sub 11:30, maybe sub 11.  Looking for any advantage I can get but the engine is ready.  :-)  

Not rich at all!!!!  Especially since I'm getting married in 11 months...  if I wasn't saving for a wedding, I'd get the wheels, no hesitation.  

used is always an option!

make sure you have all the "cheap" aero factors taken care of. Wheels aren't a magic bullet.

Deep dish can hinder you with cross winds as well.



2013-02-19 6:37 PM
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I have been happy with used wheels. Paid $650 for a set of S80s in nice condition.

As far as buying a new cassette, there's no need. Buy a $5 park tool lock ring remover and a chain whip and you're good to go.
2013-02-19 8:30 PM
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Straight out of the gate I bought a SRM power meter and Zipp wheels.  I recently purchased a computrainer (should have it this week).....from what I have read and everyone I have talked to.....I should have gone with the CT first.  I don't even have it yet and agree with them.
2013-02-19 8:58 PM
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There are some good used options out there. I picked up a set of planet x 82 mm deep wheels for 350 last month. Probably not as fast as flo but closer than I'll ever notice.
2013-02-19 9:04 PM
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Do it.

 

Also, See you at Texas!

2013-02-19 10:03 PM
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Buy used.  You can save a lot of money.


2013-02-20 6:50 AM
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BLT1115 - 2013-02-19 7:57 PM
datlas - 2013-02-19 4:54 PM

1.  What are you riding now?

2.  What are your goals?

3.  How rich are you?

 

Riding QR Dulce with standard wheels

Goals: IM Texas in sub 11:30, maybe sub 11.  Looking for any advantage I can get but the engine is ready.  :-)  

Not rich at all!!!!  Especially since I'm getting married in 11 months...  if I wasn't saving for a wedding, I'd get the wheels, no hesitation.  

Quick, buy the NEW wheels now while you are still single and can afford themWink

2013-02-20 3:09 PM
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If you're crunching on $$ Buy Used (would normally include tube/tires and sometimes cassette). Or maybe Planet-X and spend the rest on the tubes/tires/etc. Then again you can get Flo (Used Hed/Zipp) front and wheel cover back which should be cheaper and a lot fast too.
2013-02-20 3:58 PM
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Edited by BLT1115 2013-02-20 4:00 PM
2013-02-20 8:52 PM
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BLT1115 - 2013-02-19 5:57 PM

Not rich at all!!!!  Especially since I'm getting married in 11 months. 

Dude, buy the friggin' wheels now because after you get married you sure as heck ain't gonna get any richer.  Ask any married guy here.



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