So I bought my first carbon road bike last year, a Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM Edition. It came with Giant PR2 aluminum wheels which seem awfully heavy. Looking to upgrade but my budget doesn’t allow for carbon wheels quite yet. I have my eye on a set of Zipp carbon wheels in the future ($1100 range), but, does it make any sense to upgrade to some better wheels now at the $500-600 price range? I don’t know if aluminum wheels would be a nice option for the next year until I decide to go carbon, or, if I should just wait it out and go all in on carbon when the time is right.
Realized due to the chip shortage the Sony a6600 mirrorless camera I have is worth more than I paid for it, so, I think I might part ways with that and go full carbon. This thread took a turn haha, how about entry level carbon options? Zipp or giant wheels? New price range is $1400
Zipp has a full warranty, even for crashes. I’ve never bought zipps, but that is tempting. Are you on any other forums? Slowtwitch.com has classifieds (triathlon site) and bike doctor posts with deals for members.
Check them out.
What about rovals 38mm pair, around 1k. There’s also HEDs 45 and 55 deep rims, that are usually priced well, but might be a little heavier.
The e1800 / ER1600 etc won’t be worth the effort. It’s basically the same wheel. It’s a bite deeper, but it’s the same as you have now (Giant PR2 30mm deep x 23mm wide and 2200 grams. You can get something a bit lighter, but it’s not going to move the needle. It’s not wide enough to be aero with a 25c tire, they are durable though. DT Swiss ER 1600 Spline 32 Disc Road Wheelset - 700c | Merlin Cycles
Alloy around your budget: There’s not much! Everything is going to be more of the same. The weight doesn’t really matter. For aero, you want something 25mm+ wide for a 25c tires or the depth won’t really matter. If it isn’t 25mm+ external, put it back; don’t be afraid of “gravel” wheels as long as the internal width isn’t too wide. These are worth looking at
Carbon light / aero wheels - for about $700 you can get something from Lightcycle. I’ve had good luck here, as have a whole lot of folks.
Managed to grab a set of Giant SLR 1 Carbons with an upgraded DT Swiss hub that they highly recommended. I have a great local shop that has always done great work on my bikes. Don’t think I will regret my choice skipping aluminum and going for carbon. They should be here next week, thanks everyone!
Don’t know if it’s still the case, but Giant wheels used to be pretty decent. I doubt that for that budget you’ll get much of an upgrade. Stick with what you have until you can afford a proper upgrade.
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