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    Wheel upgrade

    I am riding and loving my Bianchi infinito ultegra but I am thinking that sometime in the near future I would like to upgrade my wheels.

    What would anyone recommend if i wanted to spend around $500 -v- $750? Or do I need to look at paying more to get something that I would really notice a difference.

    If it matters, I am 153 lbs and 5' 10"

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    What type of terrain do you typically ride? What do you expect to gain by upgrading wheels?

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    Shimano RS 80 or Dura Ace 7900.
    Both great rolling, smooth riding wheels.
    Buy them from Wiggle or Ribble and they'd be hard to beat.
    You'll notice a difference.

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    If I was riding ShimaNO still, I would be on R46 wheels. They were awesome wheels. I borrowed a pair from Sylint while I was in Little Rock and didn't want to give them back.
    Cyclists really need to learn a little Rule #5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeheeler1690 View Post
    I am riding and loving my Bianchi infinito ultegra but I am thinking that sometime in the near future I would like to upgrade my wheels.

    What would anyone recommend if i wanted to spend around $500 -v- $750? Or do I need to look at paying more to get something that I would really notice a difference. If it matters, I am 153 lbs and 5' 10"
    I assume that you ride the stock Fulcrum Racing7 wheelset @ 1950g
    Fulcrum Racing 7 - Competitive Cyclist

    Take a look at the Fulcrum Racing3 2-Way Fit @ 1590g
    on Sale $750.00

    Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit - Competitive Cyclist

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    Seconding the Fulcrum Racing 3 hops. Excellent bearings, very stiff, and understated aesthetics.

    If you're running Campagnolo, they're lighter by 45g-50g than the Shimano/SRAM-splined version. Mine weighed 1500g flat, without skewers.

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    I'm kind of liking the ROL Race SL. $625, 1555 gr weight, and 23 mm rim width.
    Race SL - Alloy Clincher Wheelsets - ROL Bicycle Wheels - ROL Wheels

    Then, lets not forget the WilliamsCycling System 30s. $550, 1495 gr, but 19 mm rim width.
    Williams System 30 Alloy Clincher Wheelset
    I have a set of these. I'm trying to think of a bad thing to say about them........
    .............still thinking
    ................still nothing
    .................drawin' a blank here
    ...........wait for it..........
    Oh, they did not have reflective decals for riding at night. Yeah, that's the worst thing I could come up with

    Then you could "make your own" at Bicycle Wheel Warehouse.
    It's a fire road.............
    I'm on a road bike..........

    They have enough in common to blast down it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeheeler1690 View Post
    I am riding and loving my Bianchi infinito ultegra but I am thinking that sometime in the near future I would like to upgrade my wheels.

    What would anyone recommend if i wanted to spend around $500 -v- $750? Or do I need to look at paying more to get something that I would really notice a difference.

    If it matters, I am 153 lbs and 5' 10"
    Weight matters buying wheels as many have a weight limit. At 153, you can get whatever your budget allows or for the type of riding you do.
    It's a fire road.............
    I'm on a road bike..........

    They have enough in common to blast down it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeheeler1690 View Post
    $500 -v- $750? I am 153 lbs
    Perfect for you would be Blackset Race with color choices and with the "Podium Build" option (CX-Ray spokes) they would be right on $550 with their $1 shipping. I'm 20lbs heavier than you and mine are starting their 4th year.
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    The Boyd Vitesse looks good to me! $650, 1508 grams for 20/24 spoke count, 23 mm width, and 28 mm depth.
    2013 Vitesse alloy clincher - Boyd Cycling

    EDIT: Looks like they got heavier...well, dang
    There's also the ROL D'Huez. Right around your budget, plus you fit under the weight limit.
    D'Huez - Alloy Clincher Wheelsets - ROL Bicycle Wheels - ROL Wheels
    Last edited by Kodiak21; 05-08-2013 at 11:37 AM.

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