New wheels - Pro-Lite Bracciano

by phax71   March 20, 2011  

Heh all

Ok, so in the past week or so I've taken my new roadie out (built from a mix of brand new and second user parts). It's my first roadbike and so getting used to the drops, lever positions (and even the LOOK pedals) is going to be a real learning curve.

I had some wheels handbuilt, DT Swiss rims, Planet X Hubs, Sapim CX Ray spokes (very nice they WERE too) ... I say were as on just my 4th ride out, descending a steep hill just 500 meters from my flat ... I went under a car, basically traffic was backed up on a blind bend where usually there is no traffic at all, leaning into said left hand bend, my natural instinct was to hit the left hand brake (as I say, still getting used to drops). I skidded uncontrollably to avoid oncoming traffic and BANG!!!! dished my rear wheel big time under the back of car ... Sad

That wheel and its EXPENSIVE spokes are now dust and rather than build another to match I'm considering the Pro-Lite Bracciano's as I've found them at a good price.

Does anyone here have them? Are they tough enough for everyday training (the spoke count is low compared to my 32 hole handbuilt wheels).. I'm about 12.5 stone but will rapidly lose a stone when training more often.

Really interested to hear your thoughts on these as I need to get out and riding again ASAP, my MTB doesnt quite feel the same now I've had the roadie out on the road.

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I have a pair of Braccianos. I only weigh 63kg, so can't really comment on durability for heavier riders, but they are a big upgrade from the Bontrager Selects that came with my bike. The bearings are super-smooth, they accelerate and climb well and feel very stiff.

Good luck finding them in stock. I got mine from Ribble for £185, but I hear they aren't expecting any more for months.

posted by pjay [224 posts]
20th March 2011 - 17:10

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I can't recommend the Braccianos highly enough, really. They're excellent wheels. They're popular enough that you'll struggle to find some, like pjay says

http://road.cc/content/review/6577-pro-lite-bracciano-wheelset

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7227 posts]
20th March 2011 - 17:15

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Cheers Guys

Yeah, it's Ribble I'm looking at, currently on at £ 191.96.

I think I'll bite the bullet and purchase them this morning.

Thanks again.

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [298 posts]
21st March 2011 - 10:14

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Ribble don't have any in stock!

posted by pjay [224 posts]
21st March 2011 - 10:28

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Another recommendation here - I had a pair (on a bike that was stolen, so sadly dont have them anymore Sad ) and my dad has a pair. We're both around the 12 stone mark and neither of us have had any durability issues - I rode them for a full year, summer and winter, and they stayed in great nick. My dad's had his for about 18 months and they're still good as new.

If I could find a pair in stock at that price I'd buy another set! Hope you manage to find some.

posted by step-hent [644 posts]
21st March 2011 - 10:37

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Yeah, Ribble aint got any for FOUR!!!!! months, can you believe it.

Elsewhere they seem to be about £235 / £245, so I may just have to pay that ... the alternative of course is to buy a used set of Krysiums offa Ebay whilst I'm getting used to the handling of a roadbike and then replace them next Spring.

Cheers all!!

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [298 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 10:20

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