Wheel upgrade


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20/06/2013 at 19:31


This has no doubt been asked before, but searched and could not find.

I have a pretty much entry level road bike (Felt F95), Sora/Microshift equipped, alu frame, carbon forks etc. Has basic stock wheels (alexrims R500).  Only had it 9 months, so wife would vito an upgrade. But was thinking of upgrading the wheels to a pair Fulcrum Racing 5`s. Worthwhile, or over specced for the bike. Current bike speeds are 18mph ave for 40+ mile rides, 19mph for 20-30miles and 20mph and a bit if I go for it.  Have done one and well be racing mainly std dist tri`s.  Would the wheel upgrade give me any more speed?



20/06/2013 at 19:40

My racing wheels are worth about half of what my bike is - so you'd probably call that over specced? Gives me an extra mph. My LBS (cos I know nothing) tell me that even if I buy a new £3.5k bike my racing wheels will be better than those that come with it. Hope that helps.

20/06/2013 at 19:42

Most bike reviews I read, whinge about the lousy wheels that come with the bikes. Common theme I guess.

20/06/2013 at 23:33

A: Yes

there are many varied and expensive upgrades to look forward to! I guess wheels will, most probably, make a big but expensive difference; mine certainly did. Overnight 10s of seconds came off my 20 min course PB...it is really noticeable. then there's aero position/aero bars/ bg fit, silly helmet, overshoes, disk wheels skintight lycra, eliptical chain rings, carbon etc etc.

I know nothing about the wheels models you are talking about. after loads of research and limited budget I ended up going with 50mm section wheels ... once the section get too much bigger cross winds become more of an issue



21/06/2013 at 07:23

LMH - what wheels do you have?


Cortina5    pirate
21/06/2013 at 08:25

DOM I have the very same wheels.They're pretty heavy and have been sat in the shed for a long time.

You could get some PX 30mm wheels a tad cheaper, and pretty much the same weight as the Fulcrums.

What's the budget?

Rafiki    pirate
21/06/2013 at 09:21

Whilst I'm loathed to promote Planet X after the grief they gave me this week - they are selling Shimano RS30s for half price - so they'd be cheaper than the Fulcrum's, and some may say a little better.

Iron Muffin    pirate
21/06/2013 at 09:28

I have a £1200 carbon road bike with entry level wheels.

When a 'borrow' OH £300 fleabay carbon clinchers, my pb for a 10m TT goes from 19.3 mph to 20.1 mph.

I feel that is a lot of speed gain for £300. Dont know much about the wheel spec but I can ask him if interested.

Iron Muffin    pirate
21/06/2013 at 10:59

Agreed SA. Altough I think the guys at the pointy end already have the bling as well as the engine.

21/06/2013 at 11:35

Wheels are the best thing on a bike to upgrade,but IMO a bike fit is the best thing to spend the money on first....You will notice the difference after a fit both in how much fresher you feel and less sore/stiff in shoulders/back.


TheEngineer    pirate
21/06/2013 at 11:59
The Silent Assassin wrote (see)

So £300 for just short of a 1 mph advantage?

The guys at the pointy end would snap you hand off for that

 Thats about 30 minutes on an IM distance, that could be the diference between KONA qualication and not


Yes but the guys at the pointy end already have top wheels. Diminshing returns etc. The interesting point comes when considering the drag a wheelset (or indeed any component) produces at different yaw angles. Before I make everybody glaze over again, simply put the angle the air hits you at changes depending how fast you go.

Some wheels are more aerodynamic when the wind is from in front of you (which is what happens when you ride faster). 

Others are more aerodynamic when the wind is at an angle (which is more common at lower speeds). 


21/06/2013 at 12:08

And all this isn't worth a pinch of shit if your overweight, lose the spare tyre to go faster....now if only it was that easy eh?

21/06/2013 at 12:17
Flat Foo..ted wrote (see)

And all this isn't worth a pinch of shit if your overweight, lose the spare tyre to go faster....now if only it was that easy eh?

So that's where I've been going wrong....

21/06/2013 at 12:20

Just googled it:

"On average patients can expect to pay from £1,500 to £5,000 for liposuction surgery."

So more expensive than wheels or pointy helmets, but similar to a new TT bike!!

TheEngineer    pirate
21/06/2013 at 14:45
Flat Foo..ted wrote (see)

And all this isn't worth a pinch of shit if your overweight, lose the spare tyre to go faster....now if only it was that easy eh?

You calling me fat? 

21/06/2013 at 16:00

Yeah and slow

21/06/2013 at 16:02

They do, more on hills than anywhere.  But as will all kit it is diminishing returns after a point. As a reality check i always think of Beryl Burton - 100 miles in 4hrs 30m on a fixed gear steel bike after a days rhubarb picking.

Riding upgrades helps more than buying upgrades - but i do both, just to make sure :0)

21/06/2013 at 16:13

I'd be pretty surprised if you found that much extra speed from another set of shallow aluminium clinchers. If you really want an upgrade then buy some deep section carbon wheels. Drop £400 on a set of PX wheels - job done. 

Dustboy    pirate
21/06/2013 at 16:14

Can I bang on about ceramic wheel bearings again? £60 upgrade, lovely. Personally, I think they have ransformed the ride and rolling resistance of my C24 DA wheels. Any comment engineer? You must know about this stuff. I've doen loads of unscientific "roll-ons" and they really do pick up quicker.

21/06/2013 at 16:40

Mine are Easton EA90SLX Buttercup.

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