Thursday, June 11, 2009

This is why traditional wheels are awesome.

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009/06/round-and-round-wheel-in-sky-keeps-on.html

Many of you have heard about this by now. Bikesnob sums it up rather well. Basically, it comes down to overpriced, over hyped technology with no actual real world benefit and only marketing to back it up. When you can get wheels that are as light, built with much better quality hubs, with traditional spokes anyone can replace, why would you buy a wheel set that costs $800 more with no benefits? A traditional set of wheels getting close to the weight of those can be built in the range of $550-700. The Mavics don't even look cool. Rant off.

4 comments:

Daniel said...

So what combos did you have in mind for $550-700?

Ben said...

A set of 28h White H2 road hubs laced radially front, 2x drive rear to DT RR 1.1 rims with Aero Light spokes and alloy nipples would be in the low 1400 gm range. With rim and spoke weight being very close, and for a real world lacing pattern and spoke count, this is a usable wheelset in the $600 price range that is close to their claimed weight. Durability and serviceability are much better, as is hub and freewheel quality in my opinion. Acceleration and feel would be similar, price is half, and they wouldn't literally fall apart under you.

Daniel said...

Sounds solid to me. I have always felt that the whole wheel system thing is a scam.

Ben said...

There are just so many more options when you go custom. Like a custom bike, parts and specs can be changed for use, rider weight, aesthetics, etc etc. You can almost always better performance and weight on a custom wheel set up than a system wheel.