Should I upgrade my wheels

by averagecyclist   May 17, 2013  

I've just bought a trek madone 4.5, collecting on Monday.

It comes with bontrager race wheels. Would it benefit from a wheel upgrade to mavic ksyrium elites or are they a similar standard to the stock wheels?

I like how the ksyriums look and I've got the cash from selling my mountain bike but maybe I'm just getting carried away....any thoughts?

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Read this thread: http://road.cc/content/forum/82081-have-you-wasted-money-super-light-new...

Better off buying some nice tyres

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
17th May 2013 - 10:10

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Personally I'd stick with the wheels which come with the bike and get used to riding it and how it handles first. Save the cash for the time being.

posted by Sadly Biggins [268 posts]
17th May 2013 - 10:50

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if you're happy with the bontragers there is no reason to change, there is not enough differance between the two to justify changing

posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
17th May 2013 - 10:57

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Ashleyhoaken wrote:
if you're happy with the bontragers there is no reason to change, there is not enough differance between the two to justify changing

+1, you'd need to spend significantly more to warrant an upgrade as the difference is likely to be minimal between these two sets, so for time being, see how you like them, upgrade tyres first, if you still have the itch, try out some carbon wheels, then splash the cash!

posted by 700c [660 posts]
17th May 2013 - 11:54

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If you swap out the wheel now, you won't have a benchmark to judge any future upgrade against. As 700cc says, ride them in and only if you feel that they are holding you back in the future should you upgrade. I think you should ride them until they are like Pringles then go for some Ksyrium Elites or SLRs.

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [586 posts]
17th May 2013 - 12:43

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My LBS reckons the stock wheels with that bike are equivalent to elites anyway. Buy a garmin and a raceware mount, nice pedals/shoes etc.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3682 posts]
17th May 2013 - 13:02

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Thanks for the advice - I'll stick with the bontragers and bank the cash for a change!

Excited for Monday now Big Grin

posted by averagecyclist [8 posts]
17th May 2013 - 19:00

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