Looking to upgrade my wheelset: is this a good upgrade?
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    Looking to upgrade my wheelset: is this a good upgrade?

    My current wheelset is a Vuelta Zerolite Comp Clincher with these specs:

    Weight: Front 884g/Rear 1151g = Pair 2035g
    Handbuilt 700c Alloy Road Wheelset
    Rims: Pinned 30mm aluminum alloy medium-V with CNC-machined sides
    Spokes: Aero 2.8mm black stainless steel, 3X front/rear
    Hubs: Low-flange design w/ball bearings (2Fx2R), 24H front/24H rear
    Extras: QR skewers, urethane-coated nylon rim strips


    I went to my local Performance Bike shop and they have an Easton EA90 LTD on sale fo $550 with these specs:

    COMPATIBIITY: Shimano 8/9/10-speed
    HUB: R4 Series
    LACING PATTERN: Front: Radial; Rear: 2-Cross/Radial
    RIM HEIGHT: Front: 21mm; Rear: 25mm
    RIM WIDTH: 20mm
    SPACING: Front: 100mm; Rear: 130mm
    SPOKE COUNT: 18 front; 24 rear
    TIRE SIZE: 700c
    TIRE TYPE: Clincher
    WEIGHT: Actual Wt. 1540g (Front: 645g; Rear: 895g)



    Is this a good buy and a "significant improvement"?

    I'm currently having a hard time keeping up with these people older than me (and in worse shape) going at 23 - 25mph

    I am trying to see if upgrading my wheelset will help me.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Rob

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    The Eastons should have a slightly more responsive feel seeing as they're quite a bit lighter. They aren't going to make you any faster though if that's what you're looking for. $550 is a pretty good price for that wheelset though.

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    Another LBS told me about the Vuelta Corsa SuperLite Clincher and it is $150 less than the Easton EA90 and 45g lighter.
    Do you think this is an even better detail than the EA-90's?

    Vuelta Corsa SuperLite Clincher 700c

    Weight: Front 623g/Rear 872g = Pair 1495g
    Handbuilt 700c Alloy Clincher
    Wheelset Rims: 27mm medium-V 6066 aluminum alloy welded clincher with
    CNC-machined sides
    Spokes: Triple-butted aero 2.2mm stainless steel w/T73 alloy
    nipples, radial-laced front/2X rear
    Hubs: Lightweight 20H front/24H rear design
    w/Japanese-made EZO cartridge bearings (2Fx5R)
    Extras: Lightweight QR skewers
    with machined aluminum levers & hardened cro-mo shafts, urethane-coated
    nylon rim strips
    Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10, Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed compatible
    Color: Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zen Cyclery View Post
    They aren't going to make you any faster though if that's what you're looking for. $550 is a pretty good price for that wheelset though.
    I am looking to go faster

    I don't think I ride enough (i.e. once a week on Saturday).
    I go with a group going 21 mph the whole time for 45 miles--however, the other guys are pulling pretty much most of the time.
    I want to be able to pull at that speed for long periods of time and keep up with these guys going 25 mph while drafting behind them!

    Is the answer just more saddle time????

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobFL View Post
    I am looking to go faster

    I don't think I ride enough (i.e. once a week on Saturday).
    I go with a group going 21 mph the whole time for 45 miles--however, the other guys are pulling pretty much most of the time.
    I want to be able to pull at that speed for long periods of time and keep up with these guys going 25 mph while drafting behind them!

    Is the answer just more saddle time????
    A different set of hoops will change how the bike handles in things like winds...but it will not give you 3-5mph of "free" speed. And depending on how much you weigh and how well the wheels are built, may be stiffer....

    The solution is to ride your bike more to keep up with the Crazy Old Men who ride your legs off.
    "Refreshingly Unconcerned With The Vulgar Exigencies Of Veracity "

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobFL View Post
    I am looking to go faster
    I don't think I ride enough (i.e. once a week on Saturday).
    I go with a group going 21 mph the whole time for 45 miles--however, the other guys are pulling pretty much most of the time.
    I want to be able to pull at that speed for long periods of time and keep up with these guys going 25 mph while drafting behind them!
    Is the answer just more saddle time????
    Nothing you can buy for your bike, not even $4000 wheels, outside of a full-fairing or a 250cc engine will make you go faster. You're going to have to press a lot harder on the pedals.

    The answer to your last question is yes, but only if you train and not just ride around.
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    One day a week... you don't have enough time in the saddle to justify an upgrade. Save your money, get out and ride.
    The best way to get your speed up is to keep riding with others, that forces you to try harder than you would otherwise. Try to add a second group ride into your weekly schedule.

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