Wheel uses

by Shep73   January 16, 2014  

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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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

posted by jason.timothy.jones [302 posts]
16th January 2014 - 9:34

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posted by bubbles_jonnybravo [12 posts]
16th January 2014 - 9:44

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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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posted by Simon E [1919 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:59

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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.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
16th January 2014 - 15:03

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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

posted by 700c [556 posts]
17th January 2014 - 14:22

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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?'' Laughing

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!

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [490 posts]
17th January 2014 - 14:35

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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.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
17th January 2014 - 20:29

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Enjoy them when they're done!

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posted by Flying Scot [490 posts]
17th January 2014 - 21:44

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And here are my new hoops. Very happy with the advice to get custom built.

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posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
31st January 2014 - 20:26

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fantastic choice of wheels, they look good

posted by GREGJONES [111 posts]
31st January 2014 - 21:54

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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.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
31st January 2014 - 22:11

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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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posted by Flying Scot [490 posts]
31st January 2014 - 23:05

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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.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
31st January 2014 - 23:20

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