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    New Forte Titan or Used Bontrager Race X Lite

    Hi there!

    I'm looking to replace my front and I'm trying to choose between a new Titan Forte, which is the house-brand for performance bike, and a used 2005 Race X Lite. I think they're about the same weight (~750g). They're both $60.

    My main question is: What sort of life-span do wheels have, and how does their performance vary with age? Will the Bontrager be "worn out"? For cameras, the newer, cheaper model is often way better, but I'm clueless about wheels.

    Thanks for your help!
    Eric

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    Used wheels are a gamble since you can't see mileage where you get spokes breaking or pulling through the rims. Get the Titans since they are about the same weight and quality.

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    Given these choices, assuming the Bonty's are of the paired spoke variety, get the Titan's. Those Bonty's have a history of rim cracks at the spoke holes and have since been redesigned.

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    Thanks LC

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    I would go with a neuvation instead, they have a great track record http://www.neuvationcycling.com/product195.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ352 View Post
    Given these choices, assuming the Bonty's are of the paired spoke variety, get the Titan's. Those Bonty's have a history of rim cracks at the spoke holes and have since been redesigned.
    Yup it is the paired spoke version. Looks like I will stick w/ the Titans!

    What is the normal lifespan of a wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engreeks1 View Post
    Yup it is the paired spoke version. Looks like I will stick w/ the Titans!

    What is the normal lifespan of a wheel?
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    Too many variables to answer that. Rim design, spoke count, rider weight, style of riding, road conditions, tire pressures (among other factors) all play a role in determining durability/ longevity.

    If durability is your goal, Mavic OpenPro rims/ Shimano Ultegra hubs are hard to beat.

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    [QUOTE=redlude97;3401767]I would go with a neuvation instead, they have a great track record [QUOTE]

    aren't these and the titan basically the same wheel? made by the same factory just a little different look.

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    They are similar to the Titans but they have a beefier hub and thicker spoke baldes. I wouldn't recommend the Titans if you're over 200 lbs. I was 203 lbs. and started snapping spokes in the rear wheel after owning them 3 weeks. Thanks to Performances stellar customer service, it was replaced without question. That second one failed 10 months later. I have a pair of Neuvation M28s that I've had for three years without problems.

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    I really like traditional 32-spoke 3-cross wheels. For your budget, you can probably get a Tiagra hub and Open Sport rim, which would give you a nice long service life.

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    [QUOTE=rteirish;3402405][QUOTE=redlude97;3401767]I would go with a neuvation instead, they have a great track record

    aren't these and the titan basically the same wheel? made by the same factory just a little different look.
    They may look similar but do not use the same components as explained below. Many people have had issues with the titans whereas the neuvations have a great rep both here and on other forums. They also come with rim tape preinstalled and a skewer which the fortes do not.

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    I'm one who didn't get along with a Titan. I'm pretty sure the problem lies in build quality control - very inconsistent. So IMO, both your options suck. And you might want to opt (and wait out if needed) for a better wheel. Hell, I'd take an Open Sport or CXP22 build as a stand-in wheel over either of those.

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