I’m in the market for a wheelset that would make great all-around wheels for a variety of racing. I race road, crits and cyclocross at a cat. 3 level. I do want something performance oriented but obviously at a budget friendly price point.
I run a 2019 Giant TCX (Disc brake, 12mm through axles) for cross and gravel. I currently don’t have a disc / through axle compatible road bike, but there seem to be a lot of options for disc / 12mm through axle frames that can handle fairly large (up to 30mm) tires. I’m currently considering: The tarmac, the new supersix evo (or maybe CAAD13), or maybe even the Allez Sprint. Lets try to keep the conversation on wheelsets, but I wanted to provide those road frame options for context.
My ideal wheelset would:
- Be usable for cyclocross and gravel (e.g. rugged, durable, probably 24+ spoke count)
- Be aero (Optimized for 28 mm road tires) and light enough for crits / road racing
- Be able to accommodate a range of tires including 28 mm road tires, 33 mm cyclocross tires, and 42 mm+ gravel tires
- Be tubeless ready
- Be affordable.
- Have a good warranty / customer support (e.g. not cheap Chinese wheels)
So far the best option that I’ve come across are the Zipp 303 Firecrest disc, which tick most of the boxes but are very pricey. I was hoping to find recommendations for more affordable / maybe less well marketed options.