Hey fellas and ladies, I've got to send one of my Zipps in for a hub replacement, and unfortunately I sold my spare wheel sets last year, so I'm suddenly wheel shopping now.
Ideally, I'm trying to stay in the $450 or under price range and my preference would be to get a wheelset which is:
- Fairly lightweight - under 1500g/set
- Stiff and strong for climbing
- Durable enough to handle fairly aggressive training duty
While shopping this week, I came across a new take-off set of Giant Propel OE wheels for a pretty low price, so I grabbed them. Probably not a great wheel, but wanted to have something in case I didn't find exactly what I'm looking for and the cash outlay was such that if I sell them, I'll break even, so it's good as a fall-back (hopefully).
Just for reference, here is my wheel history in the past year:
- Ritchey Zeta Comp - comfortable but too flexy for a 180 lb strong rider
- Mavic Ksyrium Elite S - great, stiff, fairly light wheels, but spokes too noisy, drove me nuts, sold after 6 weeks
- Zipp 404 - fantastic wheels, stiff, durable, bomb proof, decent weight, not too heavy
- Giant PA2 - Propel aero road bike take-offs, haven't used yet, purchased as possible spare set
One riding friend suggested I look for a set of Reynolds Stratus Pro (that's what he uses), but he's been having cracking around the nipples (yes, sounds like a personal problem to me too). :D
I don't think the Reynolds is going to be an option if they crack easily.
What would make your wheel short list if you were in my position?
Thanks all, hope you're having a nice Springtime. :)