Wheels - where do I begin?

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The process of changing and upgrading wheels may be simple to some but to me - not so simple.

I bought a Specialized Allez which I love, it's a great all rounder bike but pretty basic. I've been looking at wheels as I promised myself an upgrade but where do I begin?

Sizing/ material etc.

Can any of you lovely fellow cyclists help me out with a bit of advice or suggestions/ recommendations?

Thanks very much!
 

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vickster

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How much do you want to spend. I am quite happy with Fulcrum 5s which cost me under £175

Get good tyres too (a whole new can of worms)

Sizing, you need 700c for a roadbike, best get the same size as on your current bike as you know there is enough clearance for them
 

Justinslow

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The process of changing and upgrading wheels may be simple to some but to me - not so simple.

I bought a Specialized Allez which I love, it's a great all rounder bike but pretty basic. I've been looking at wheels as I promised myself an upgrade but where do I begin?

Sizing/ material etc.

Can any of you lovely fellow cyclists help me out with a bit of advice or suggestions/ recommendations?

Thanks very much!
Budget is a good place to start, weight would be my next factor, then rim depth (how aero they are or whether you require a deep or shallow rim and the quality of the hubs. Obviously if you are a heavy rider you need to ascertain whether the wheelset can handle your weight - spoke count comes in to this. Finally - looks, do you like them, once you've searched through lots of wheels you should have a short list of possible options including having some handbuilt for you (if you have the funds).
 
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Usehernamegood
Thanks for your responses. I'm not a heavy rider, weighing in at 70kg. I want something a lot lighter (and nicer looking) than the standard Axis Classic the bike comes with. Budget below £200, I don't mind paying that little bit extra as I'm cycling around 80 miles a week and think a decent set of wheels will be worth it.
 

vickster

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Usehernamegood
http://www.probikekit.co.uk/bicycle-wheels/fulcrum-racing-5-black/white-clincher-wheelset-2014/10841518.html
or
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/campagnolo-zonda-road-wheelset-2015/rp-prod88911?gs=1&gclid=CP6X_Lfh0MUCFeHJtAodSw8Akw&gclsrc=aw.ds

Don't forget to budget another £50 odd for good new tyres :smile: (and a few quid for tubes)

Does your Allez have a carbon fork? If not budget for one of those at some point too :smile: I don't know if Specialized sell the funny Zertz ones separately
Best advice I've had!
 
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Usehernamegood
Here we go again.

Lots of advice will follow without a single question about your objectives.

Basically, wheel upgrades are wasteful extravagances which are always justified with pseudo-scientific reasons.

But if you don't believe me, read some of the most recent discussions on the topic.

http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/wheels-upgrade.172274/
http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/what-upgrade.179728/
https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/wheel-upgrade.177144/post-3641658
I don't believe you.
 
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potsy

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I've 'upgraded' wheels twice on my bikes

First one was because the stock wheels were making some alarming noises so Specialized agreed to replace them with some Shimano RS10's.

Second time as I wanted something a bit better than the stock ones on my Caad so went for Shimano Ultegras.

Can I tell the difference? Not really but they do look better :okay:
 

SpokeyDokey

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I've 'upgraded' wheels twice on my bikes

First one was because the stock wheels were making some alarming noises so Specialized agreed to replace them with some Shimano RS10's.

Second time as I wanted something a bit better than the stock ones on my Caad so went for Shimano Ultegras.

Can I tell the difference? Not really but they do look better :okay:
Are you 100% sure that you are not suddenly nipping up 20% gradients like a whippet on speed?
 
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