I’ve posted before about wheels, and it’s a topic that comes and goes in my mind of things I’d like to change as an occasional road racer.
I had never weighed my wheels before, and all I have is a cheap luggage scale, but found that in total my wheels+tires is about 6lbs (2721g). My rear wheel is a powertap pro with g3 internals, 32h and velocity a23 rim, and that alone weighs 4lbs with continental 4000s ii tires (front is a stock axis sport from specialized, 2lbs total). Seems like this is on the heavy side? I raced this past weekend, and on a particular climb I found I was putting out 4w/kg and finishing a minute slower than other club mates in other fields (of course drafting played a role but I was drafting as well, but not a total apples-apples comparison). But I digress
This is a really subjective question, but was curious what folks felt like was enough of a weight reduction to consider a wheel upgrade to be “worth” the investment as far as performance improvement. 2lbs seems like a reasonable reduction going with a 1500g wheelset as a next tier up and relatively budget friendly, but from the bike calculator math it doesn’t seem to knock off a lot of time on a climb. So was curious what sort of factors people considered when upgrading wheels, purely from a weight standpoint and not considering aero at the moment.
Appreciate anyone who’ll humor me, topic is only fresh in my mind because I raced, otherwise if I’m not racing I’m not going to care as much about the wheels!