I’m looking for advice on upgrading my wheelset and also to reinforce that my current thought process (and that of my LBS) is on the correct path.
About the bike: I ride a Trek Emonda SL6 - rim brakes. Currently using Campagnola Zondas (C15 version) although rear wheel pretty much needs replacing now and was thinking about an upgrade anyway
About me: 74kg average recreational / club rider. I live in a fairly hilly area so most group rides are over rolling terrain (2-3000 ft climbing in a typical 40 -50 mile ride). There are also some sustained climbs of around 25 mins although I’d say these only feature in say 10% of group rides, due to group avoidance!
I will also do a few sportives in the UK which tend to be reasonably hilly. My local one is 95 miles and 7,500 ft climbing.
Over the last few years I also do one or two cycling trips in Europe with some of the guys and these tend to be fairly mountainous (Asturias or Andalucia in Spain) or Alps / Ventoux etc.
I do not race or do TT.
in discussing with my LBS they believe that I should stick to an aluminium wheelset especially due to the fact that there are mountain descents involved. My LBS owner ( an ex pro mechanic) says that carbon clinchers on rim brakes are best avoided udue to heat dissipation etc unless you are purchasing a high end wheel. I would say that I am also a bit of a brake dragger on long descents rather than the advised sharp on and off technique!
Although deeper carbon wheels look great I do tend to agree that they don’t necessarily suit my type of riding apart from the flatter group rides., although I do have concern that shallow rim wheels will need to be worked harder on fast group rides.
Therefore I have narrowed my search to focus on aluminium rim brake wheelsets with a wider internal width than the Zondas, reasonably light, tubeless ready with good braking and handling. Budget is £1,000 but less if I can. I am considering the DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut Oxic (£850 RRP) or the Bontrager Paradigm Elite TLR (£750 RRP). The LBS usually give me a discount between 5-10%.
LBS are also recommending these wheelsets as they advise these wheels are easier to service and to find replacement parts (e.g spokes as they both use DT Swiss). They advise that the issue with Campag / Fulcrum is that if I break a spoke whilst on a trip abroad there could be issues in fixing it within a day) so I have ruled out Fulcrum Racing Zero and Campag equivalent.
Note : LBS can source most wheels not so just selling me brands they supply. Will have to order in whatever I get.
Questions; Do you think the LBS and my own thinking is correct ( i.e. stick with aluminium due to braking performance and riding terrain etc)
Any experience with either these wheelsets. Especially interested in Bontrager experience as not many reviews on line.
Any other wheels that I should consider?
Thanks for reading the long post and any advice given!