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    Wheelset Recommendations

    I'm looking for a new wheelset for my CAAD8. I do a lot of climbing and my budget is around $500.

    What would you recommend?

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    what's your weight?

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    Find the "What wheels should I buy?" in the stickie at the top of this forum.
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    Mike T's home wheelbuilding site - dedicated to providing Newby wheelbuilder's with motivation, information and resources.

    Everything above, up to that blue line, is IMO IMO.

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    • Why do you want new wheels? What's wrong with your old ones?

    My rear rim separated at the joint and I think it's a great time to upgrade.

    • What are you old ones? (rim name, hub name, spokes, their numbers)

    Maddux R3.0 rims laced to Formula hubs

    • How much do you want to spend?

    No more than $500

    • How heavy are you?

    170 lbs

    • Do you ride "light" or "heavy"? Are you powerful or smooth?

    Smooth

    • Have you had problems with your current wheels and if so, what?

    Rim separation at joint

    • What condition are the roads in that you ride?

    Decent, few pot holes here and there but nothing drastic

    • What tires, widths and pressures are you using?

    Schwalbe Lugano 25c, 90 psi

    • What do you expect from your new wheels that your old ones can't deliver? (be reasonable and realistic here!)

    Lighter weight, more reliable

    • What are you going to use the wheels for - recreational riding, touring (loaded), training, racing, general purpose?

    Commuting, recreational riding, and training

    • Do you want custom hand-built (designed for you) or factory pre-built?

    I'm fine with either one

    • Do you want wheels that are easily repairable with readily available, reasonably priced spokes and rims or are you ok with maybe having to ship your wheels back to the factory and wheels that contain expensive, proprietary spokes and possibly un-obtainium replacement rims?

    Would much prefer to be able to fix any broken parts quickly and inexpensively.

    • Do you need 11spd compatible wheels (can be used with 8 ~10spd cassettes too by using a spacer) or are 10spd wheels ok? (can only be used with 8 ~ 10spd cassettes). Edit - This info is for Shimano & SRAM related cassettes; not Campagnolo.

    11 spd Shimano

    • Do you want the wheels to be oriented towards "aero" or "light"?

    Light

    • Do you want to use regular clincher, tubeless, or tubular tires?

    Clincher

    • Aluminum or carbon rims?

    Aluminum

    • Rim brakes or disk brakes?

    Rim

    • Rear hub width? (120, 126, 130, 135MM)

    Unsure

    • Do you want adjustable loose ball bearing hubs (almost exclusively Shimano) or cartridge bearing hubs (almost everything else)?

    Unsure

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    Shimano RS81 would be a good choice in your price range when they are on sale - Jenson has them for $499 right now.
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    You will be hard pressed to get a better value that the Blackset range of Bicycle Wheel Warehouse wheels.

    Incredibly, they come with Sapim CX-Ray spokes (about $3 each) for their $399 cost AND (as far as I can see) you get shipping for $1.

    Beat that.

    Pro / Racing

    In the Blackset series they have to 24, 28 and 30 - depending on how low in weight that you want to go.

    I had a set for 4 seasons and I was about your weight - with zero problems.

    BTW - your rear hub width will be 130mm. The question in the stickie is to cover all rear wheel hub widths - old spec (120, 126), current road spec (130), road disc and MTB.
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    DT Swiss 350 hubs, round spokes and a good rim.

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