new wheels

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by aberdeenian, 29 Jul 2007.

  1. aberdeenian

    aberdeenian New Member

    Thinking of replacing the wheels on my road bike. They've got what they came with from the shop - 32 spoke jobs, Alexrims DA16 rims (the bike's a Specialized Dolce).

    Any recommendations on something for around the £100 mark for the pair?

    I don't race, but I do like long, hilly rides, so maybe something reasonably light? I'm not the heaviest rider in the world (9st), but the roads round here can be pretty rough, so I don't want anything too flimsy.

  2. Oldlegs

    Oldlegs Frogs are people too.

    Wiggle have a deal on at the moment OE Shimano 561's 20% off plus another 20% as over £100. Great pair of wheels for £90 (delivered).
  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Mavic Askiums are a popular choice, £99 online and fairly bullet proof.
  4. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Or go hand built. Open Pro on Tiagra should cost about £110-£120. Light, strong, easy to true. Not that you'll need to!
  5. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Except that Tiagra hubs are not good. I have a pair with Mavic rims, they demand regular re-tightening and I finally gave up on them and now use them as my turbo wheels. I replaced them with a set of Shimano 560s. Far far better.
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Oh! Never had any problems with mine. When you say 'tightening' are we talking spoke coming loose, or bearings, or something else?
  7. andharwheel

    andharwheel Senior Member

    Frozen North
    I bought aksiums for my Cannondale. Tough wheels for my weight and the Aberdeen roads. Lots of frost up here which plays havoc with the tar.
  8. gavintc

    gavintc Guru


    The bearings were loose. I would find over a period of a month or so, that the rear wheel would start to wobble a bit, touching the brake pads. I took it to 2 LBS for tightening and both commented that Tiagra bearings are poor.
  9. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Zurich Switzerland
    At 9 stone you really don't have to worry too much about the robustness on modern rim, bar ultralightweight stuff.

    I'd go open pro 32R / 28F with double butted spokes on any Shimano hub. I have Tiagra hubs on my Trek 1200 and these have done 5000km so far without adjustment and I'm over 90kg, so gavintc must have had a duff set.
  10. noggin

    noggin New Member

    I got a new pair of mavic Aksiums a month ago thanks to the crap wheels on my Sirrus eventually dying.

    I can confirm that they're grand min and glide over the streets of Aiberdeen, cassies in Torry being the hardest test.
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