First upgrade on bike

by Wamphyri   January 31, 2014  

Hi,

Since emigrating to NZ from the UK last year I've decided to start getting a bit more serious with my cycling and have entered a couple of cycle challenges. With this in mind I thought I should look at my bike and probably make some improvements as I've been riding it with the stock build since I bought it 18 months ago.

I ride a 2012 cube peloton race which I really like and really enjoy riding. I am thinking of upgrading the wheels which are currently Easton EA30s and have been looking at either the Shimano Ultegra 6800 set or the Campagnolo Zonda wheels.

The reviews I have read seem to suggest that they are both decent wheels I thought I would look to the cycling community to get your advice.

Many thanks

J.

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If have a good look at these. Tiny bit more expensive than the Ultegra's but nearly 200g lighter and just as strong. Same compatibility as the Ultegra's too..

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/components/wheel-sets/product/rev...

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posted by SpeshRider7287 [75 posts]
31st January 2014 - 21:37

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Ive just bought a pair of fulcrum 5's and kitted them out with continental gp4000s tyres.the performance of my bike has increased dramatically.

posted by Shanefutcher [109 posts]
1st February 2014 - 0:13

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Thanks for the suggestions

A friend has just suggested the Mavic Aksium S Road 2014 set too. Seems this is more complicated than I even imagined Smile

I am really trying to keep the cost to sub 300quid I guess and I will need to get them shipped from the UK to NZ.

posted by Wamphyri [4 posts]
1st February 2014 - 1:51

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My husband had an Ultegra wheelset on his Masi & it was very smooth and silent. Could barely hear him even when he was coasting and about the same weight as Campy Zondas. I had Aksiums on my tri bike (Kestrel Talon) and my husband has them on his current bike they also handle great although I must say that the Fulcrum 5s that came stock on my Pinarello are really fun. The Aksiums are 6 years old so not really a fair comparison. All are great wheelsets for the money and I'm sure you'll have a great time putting them through their paces.

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~James E. Starrs

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posted by movingtarget [134 posts]
1st February 2014 - 4:48

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Ultegra wheels are pretty good but consider availability of parts, if you break a spoke then will you need to order replacements from the UK or can you get them locally?

I've got a 6600 wheelset, several thousand miles no problem with 100kg of me on them. A mate has a 6700 wheelset and it took our LBS 3 weeks to eventually replace a spoke for him.

If it were me I'd go down the cliche'd route of talking to the nearest bike shop to see what they have and what they could build.

posted by Bagpuss [101 posts]
1st February 2014 - 7:28

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Thanks Bagpuss, the availability of parts isn't really a problem but the cost of them is Sad there are a lot od decent shops out here but the cost makes it more practical to ship it from the UK.

I'll probably secure a couple of spares "just in case" though

posted by Wamphyri [4 posts]
1st February 2014 - 8:06

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Shimano comparable zondas are available in the halfords website at sub £300. Ill be all over these if I were in your position. I fancy a set myself if it wouldn't make my GF break up with me

posted by Nick Squier [7 posts]
1st February 2014 - 23:27

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At your budget level, then Prolite Braccianos or Fulcrum 3.

I personally went for the Prolites and love them.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [304 posts]
2nd February 2014 - 12:26

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