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Looking at getting a set of DT Swiss R23's, looking on their website, I've noticed that there are various uses such as flat,mountain, training etc. What really is the difference in road wheels? Surely a good road wheel is good no matter what you use them for?

After a fast light wheel set for all my riding. Not a racer but like to improve my times on rides.

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jason.timothy.jones [293 posts] 2 years ago
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If your referring to the performance chart on the website, its probably a little bit of marketing hype. That being said, if you are a pro racer, a heavy set of wheels wont be what you want for racing, but will be ok for training, but a race set will probably not last a day of training on rough roads...for me these would be what I would use racing as they are better than my everyday wheel

So in short, marketing hype, for what is a pretty good set of wheels

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bubbles_jonnybravo [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Simon E [2539 posts] 2 years ago
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At 1520g they probably make a decent all-rounder.

Wheels make very little difference to speed in the real world. The best way to improve your times is to ride more, ride harder.

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Thank you chaps, I did think it could be marketing hype but I was just guessing. Coming from a mtb background, all you do is find a set that suit your riding discipline, be it XC or downhill to name a couple and go for something with a good pedigree.

I will check those Rolfs out, cheers.

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700c [817 posts] 2 years ago
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yes, i think categorizing wheels for suitable in racing vs hill climbing vs time trials etc is a bit misleading, especially at this price

you'll want a good all-rounder I imagine, for this budget, which is reliable and from a reputable manufacturer. DT Swiss have a good reputation, 1520+ g is very competitive in weight terms, so a good choice I would say

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Flying Scot [908 posts] 2 years ago
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The guy who builds my wheels has all the chat. (note book open)

''OK, so a set of climbing wheels, lightest possible....OK..no problem....''

''Oh - do you want a stronger set for going down the other side?''  21

Just bear in mind that in many cases, the easier spinning up of lighter wheels is often counteracted with them flexing.

Personally, I only go for bespoke built wheels these days, they aren't any more expensive and if you and the builder agree that the spec is suitable, you generally have a lifetime of free service with them.

Hope/ Ambrosio or Hope/ Mavic OP is a common choice - not that I have either of these combinations myself!

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Bit the bullet today and went for a custom build. Hope Mono RS hubs, Mavic Open Pro rims and DT Swiss stainless spokes.
28 spoke front radial
32 Spoke Rear, 3 cross drive side and radial on the non drive side.

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Flying Scot [908 posts] 2 years ago
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Enjoy them when they're done!

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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And here are my new hoops. Very happy with the advice to get custom built.

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GREGJONES [259 posts] 2 years ago
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fantastic choice of wheels, they look good

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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GREGJONES wrote:

fantastic choice of wheels, they look good

Cheers Greg, cannot wait to try them. They will be my spring summer wheels once I have given them a run.

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Flying Scot [908 posts] 2 years ago
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Looking good.

Ideally put a few hundred miles on them, then get them trued again, that's them then fully in shape.

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:

Looking good.

Ideally put a few hundred miles on them, then get them trued again, that's them then fully in shape.

The shop have said the same. Won't cost me anything either.