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What's your wheel to bike spend ratio? I "need" new wheels and I just want to get an ideal of optimal spend...

E.g. £500 bike : £100 wheels (both!) = 5:1

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700c [819 posts] 2 years ago
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'bout fifty fifty  3

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robert.brady [155 posts] 2 years ago
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I work on matching it to the cost of the frameset. £500 frameset deserves roughly a £500 wheelset.

Rob

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ilovemytinbred [160 posts] 2 years ago
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Most of my wheel sets are about half the cost of frame set, but it varies. Really apart from my tt bike I struggle to spend more than 1k on wheels. Diminishing returns and all that.

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Bedfordshire Clanger [344 posts] 2 years ago
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What bike do you have and what type of riding will it be?

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Simon E [2542 posts] 2 years ago
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The optimum is finding a wheelset you really want priced significantly less than RRP/everyone else. A nice wheelset improves any the ride quality with any frame.

There's no ratio, no formula, no rule. It's merely the Law of Diminishing Returns, as already stated (which apples to everything - frames, groupsets, wheels etc).

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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I was 600-500. Wheels are crucial, don't skimp.

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Al'76 [110 posts] 2 years ago
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Yep, wouldn't really look at it in those terms. Buy the best you can afford, use the old ones in crappy weather and the rims will still be good when you upgrade your bike, assuming that's your intention. If you don't intend to upgrade your current bike it will be loads better on a nice light set of wheels with smooth spinning hubs  4

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russyparkin [570 posts] 2 years ago
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yep best you can get. i run a caad10with some handbuilt velo-smith wheels (royce/cx ray/38mm tubulars) under 2kg including tyres/tubes(tubs) skewers and cassette. brings the whole bike down to 6.5kg and it fucking flies!! wheels technically cost more than the standard spec bike but so so worth it. even won an e123 crit race on them  4