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I be on the hunt for a light but sturdy pair of climbing wheels for the Etape...

My budget can either stretch to a 2nd hand pair of something like Mavic SL's or Easton EA90's or, handbuilt by my local and wheelbuilder up north, something like open pro's on maybe Hope hubs and some light spokes (he'll most likely tell me what I want. Last week I asked him about 20h carbon rims from Planet X I'd been seen and he pissed himself laughing before saying he'd have nothing to do with them!)...

Any input/suggestions? Must be campag compatible for the moment...

thanks!

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Fringe [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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i feel a Pro-Lite Bracciano moment coming on!  4

or go for the handmade Mavic's with Open pro rims and a decent set of hubs.

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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hmm. Just googled them expecting a ridiculous £5000 wheelset... They look ok and are about what I can pay.

Interesting-thanks for flagging them up.

Anyone bought them or have other suggestions/advice?

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jjlowden [16 posts] 5 years ago
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I've just had a pair of Planet X 20mm rims built up by my wheel builder, he did a real good job and the result is a pair of wheels at 1050g which are solid, light and great fun. not tried a really long descent on them but rode them quite happily to a couple of wins in the surrey league already.

Don't alway listen to the guys in the LBS, they're not always ready to embrace "that foreign stuff"

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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JJ I understand what you mean-would be interested to hear what hubs you built them up with?

I had already ordered the rims from Planet-X before I had an accident on my bike (writing off rear wheel...) and then when I got them last week I rang him up..

I sent them back for 3 reasons in the end:

Quality-wise, I thought the finish on them was really shabby-there were small dinks and chips in the epoxy even on the braking surface. Some was aesthetic-i.e just in the lacquer but some were in the mould itself. Some of the 'voids' in the mould on the underside were deep enough to cause concern about them cracking, and there was also what looked to be metal shavings mixed set in the epoxy.

When I spoke to the builder he laughed more because I was talking about descending alpine hills on 20/24hole tubs and he had concerns about what would happen if a spoke went front or rear, or tubs rolling off because of the heat. He thought the risks outweighed the gains really... which on reflection of how much it would help my performance I did too. Not to say that low spoke counts or carbon rims are fundamentally dangerous though.

Finally... The final build would cost c. £370 for which I wanted a reliable, light, wheelset that wouldn't put any doubts in my mind when both grinding up and screaming down hills on them; with the quality issues alone I wasn't happy, but speaking to the builder he recommended a good 28h minimum alloy rim that would maybe be 4/500g heavier for the total build but would be more durable for general riding and the UK's potholes as he said he saw super-posh rims every week that had bought it from bad road surfacing.

So that's it... Carbon would be lovely but I'm just not good enough to merit it atm and need to be able to ride them both up the alps and round the UK's crumbling infrastructure so I'm better playing it safe as I can't afford to buy twice!

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dave atkinson [6210 posts] 5 years ago
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Can't beat the braccianos if you can find any. As good as any sub-£500 wheel i've tried

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dave atkinson [6210 posts] 5 years ago
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And i've tried a few  1

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ag_hind [9 posts] 5 years ago
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I replaced Fulcrum 7's with a set of Braccianos from CRC. What a difference! Done several severe loops on Exmoor and they've been nothing short of outstanding. Can't wait to try them in the Alps in July  16

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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Hmmm....the testimonials are stacking up for the Braccianos then!

Narrowly outbid out on some 2nd hand Easton SLX's this morning on the fleabay so I'm deeply considering the Pro-Lites now as I've just shelled out for a new helmet, new bibshorts, new gloves, new pump, new tyres, new rear mech hanger, new rear mech....

waaaaaahhhhhh.....

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phax71 [287 posts] 5 years ago
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Braccianos for me too ..

I've just managed to purchase a USED pair (barely used)as all stockists are currently out of stock .. in Shimano Freehub anyway.

They are nice and light and I find they spin up to speed very quickly. Very well tensioned and I'm expecting them to be virtually bombproof over time, they've certainly not taken a beating this past few days and they've been put through their paces..

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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How can I say no?

Just pulled the trigger on these... 249 beans new, with a warranty. Must be better than some 2nd hand Eastons off of eBay and sans guarantee... right?

Will wait and see. Hoping to get back on the bike soon to try them out!

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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Just arrived in the post....

Look damn nice. Very impressed so far-the freewheel is sooooo quiet, almost worryingly so-I thought that the bearings weren't engaging for a second but you can feel them clicking.

Impressively light to the point that adding the skewers probably doubles their weight (well, not quite, but it's noticable) and the aero spokes feel nice and sturdy.

Wheels perfectly true and just waiting for a bike to be attached to so I can try them out~!

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phax71 [287 posts] 5 years ago
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Hi
Out of interest where di you get them from?
I'm assuming they're a campy Freehub set as everywhere was out of stock and quoting month plus waiting times just a fortnight ago...

Enjoy, they're a cracking set of wheel IMO.

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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I got them on ebay from a seller called Fastpartsforbikes,

quick, free postage so all good there. Just want to use them now!

Funnily enough as well I've just been offered a 2nd hand pair of Ksyrium SL's by a mate for a silly low price as he's just gone carbon (need to service the hubs though... he's not one for getting his hands dirty or maintaining stuff) so will be able to make a comparison between them  3

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Gregoire500 [104 posts] 5 years ago
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Got the Braccianos fitted with some Vittoria Pro Lite tyres and ultra-light tubes... they feel amazingly light!

Can't wait to get back on the bike and try them out  3

Also now have a rather grubby and abused set of Ksyrium SL SSC's sitting in the flat that I picked up for £60-I've serviced the bearings for the short term but need to find someone that'll sell me some replacement rims/spokes at a sane price so I can re-build them myself as they are really down to the bone... anyone?

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phax71 [287 posts] 5 years ago
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Just a little note to anyone else thinking about the Braccianos, Ribble have 40% at the moment, I just tested the shopping trolley and it gave me a figure of just £163.09 inclusive of postage!!!!!

That is a ridiculous price for such a great wheel and is actually cheaper than I recently paid for a slightly used set..

Enter PRO40 at the checkout for the discount.

Hope this helps someone out there.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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phax71 wrote:

Just a little note to anyone else thinking about the Braccianos, Ribble have 40% at the moment, I just tested the shopping trolley and it gave me a figure of just £163.09 inclusive of postage!!!!!

That is a ridiculous price for such a great wheel and is actually cheaper than I recently paid for a slightly used set..

Indeed, that is essentially free. Sadly they no longer appear on the Ribble website.