Which 30-35 deep rim wheels for my new project?

by kupepe   June 21, 2013  


I am looking for some 30-35 deep rim wheels for my new project. I got a budget of 400-450 pounds. Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance

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Easton EA 50's.

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
21st June 2013 - 16:06


what type of riding will you be doing? What type of road surfaces? etc.

I would recommend totally different wheels for racing and climbing compared to those for commuting on rough, flat roads or paths.

posted by nickobec [261 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 1:00


I am doing 80-100 km weekend rides by the sea usually and 200km Audaxes.

I am looking for 30 depth rim for aesthetic reasons mainly.. but it is a firm decision ...

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 5:22


Alloy or Carbon?

Personally, last year bought a set of 38mm carbon clinchers and never looked back. Ended up a little later buying a 60mm front and lacing a 50mm rim to a new powertap hub. (note I race)

Now only use 3 wheelsets, the two carbon wheelsets, though it is usally the 38mm front and 50mm rear. And my older powertap wheelsheet laced to mavic open pros as training wheels. Have a nice set of Reynolds Solitudes which are good to ride, but are 400gms heaveir than my carbon wheels at at 30mm not as aero. So they never get used.

If you want alloy the Solitudes are good wheels, but the same weight and almost three times the price of Planet X model b wheelset

So you choices are:
1 lightweight carbon wheels from china (I got mine from FarSports go look up the road bike review thread on carbon wheels for more info)
2 brand name alloys like Reynolds Solitudes 350GBP or Easton EA50 240GBP
3 Planet X at 130GBP

Me after a year on carbon, I would go for carbon.

If I could not afford then, then Planet X and start saving

posted by nickobec [261 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 14:21


Hav u looked at fulcrum quattro,s 35 mm rim and at reasonable price.

posted by issacforce [219 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 15:30


Hey nicko ... and everybody.

I am thinking going for a pair of FARsports 38 clinchers. The model I am interested in is "New FSC38-CM" . Has anyone tried it? Any problem with the ED hub ? I am 1.92 and weight 92 kilos. 20/24 spokes are safe to go ?

This is the description on the site of the producer :

Rims: 700c 38mm*20.5mm, clincher. Aero shape.
3K /UD, glossy/matte.
20/24H (16-32H acceptable).
Brake track: 220 degree high temperature brake surface.

Hubs: ED hub(ceramic) hub, black.
65g front, 192g rear.
6 pawls, USA Enduro bearings,
4 sealed bearings rear&front.

Cassette Body: Shimano 8.9.10. 11sp.
Campagnolo 9.10.11sp.

Spokes: Sapim CX-ray, black.
Nipples: Sapim Sils
black, red,silver
    Nipples washers included.

Lace: Standard, radial front, radial rear non-drive side.2X drive side.
Newest (2:1 Ratio), for rear, 16 cross X 2 lace drive side, 8 spokes
radially lace non drive Side.

Weight: 1260g/set +/-20g, (w/o, QR)
Spare parts: 1set of skewer, 2pair of V-brake pads.

Thank you in advance

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 16:48


Hi Kupepe

I own a pair of the older original FSC-38CM

I have put over 5000km into the front wheel, about the same into the 50mm rear I built and about 2000km into the FSC-38CM. Other than I need to improve my wheel building skills and the nipples are very soft, no issues.

Mind are 20/24 both the 38s, the 60 front and my 50 rear with sapim CX spokes from Farsports

I am 1.82 80kg and race over some of the poor quality rural roads around here. Actually I usually attack on the worst surfaces, so my wheels do take abuse.

The best info can found on this Road Bike Review Carbon wheel thread 2.0 where you can trawl through 130 pages of comments from owners, potential buyers and few people acting for suppliers.

posted by nickobec [261 posts]
23rd June 2013 - 2:19


I have heard good things about the CERO AR30 wheels

posted by Old Cranky [278 posts]
25th June 2013 - 18:37


Hello again and thanx for the replies.

You think the Quattros can handle my weight ? I am 1.92 and weight 92 kilos.

I am doing 100km weekend rides by the sea .. some mountain climbing and 200-300 km audaxes..

I am thinking for the Campy Zondas as well ...

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
25th June 2013 - 19:17


Zonda's a good choice, especially given your size. I was heavier than you when i first used them, still perfectly true.

They don't quite meet your rim depth requirements, and you can get slightly lighter at this price, but all this should be secondary to stiffness, IMO.

If you want to sprint up a hill, or power away on the flat - assuming you are a powerful rider - the Zondas will transfer power well and won't waste much energy by flexing.

They are effectively one model up on the quattros, if you consider they are equivalent of FR3 (although zonda rear wheel spoking may actually improve power transfer, but i haven't ridden any fulcrums)

posted by 700c [720 posts]
25th June 2013 - 21:17