Performance Forte Wheelset wheelsets - clincher

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $174.99

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FV a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2010

Strengths:    Cost, Performance warranty. I commuted in the rain, which dried out the rear wheel bearings. Performance replaced and installed the bearings without charging.

Weaknesses:    When the wheels first came out, the braking surface was narrow. So you had to make sure that your brakes lined up perfect. Also the rim bead was slightly taller making it more difficult to mount tires. Also the decals were more like stickers (yellow), which I eventually just took off.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a wheel to commute and train on that wouldn't break the bank. I even ended up racing these wheels on a few occasions. At first I thought they wouldn"t last long, but 5 years later I still train on them. Another rider that I trained with was 190-200lbs and a masher. He just hammered these wheels and they held up fine for him. Im hoping to buy another set at $150.00.

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Favorite Ride:   Usery Pass

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   There are no wheels at this price point $150.)that are similar. I have Velomax Ascents, Ksyriums and Zipp 303 and a 404 rear. These wheels are lighter, but the Fortes are the best bang for the buck.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tuscany, 9 speed durace, campy ti seat post, salsa poco bars with Ritchie WCS stem, Terry Fly saddle. Either Ksyriums, Velomax or Zipps for racing. But use Fortes for training and Century rides.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jerry H a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2009

Strengths:    Look good (stickers removed), spin well, strong, true.

Weaknesses:    Very noisey (creaks, groans, and pops)

Bottom Line:   
Wheels look good and are stiff and reasonbly light for the money. Have stayed true for the 3000 miles I have on them.

For the downside, the spokes make a large amount of noise, I thought it was the bars or seatpost creaking for a while, but replacing the wheels with my old Open Pros completely elimnated the noise. Tightening the spokes got rid of the noise, but I was off the scale of my Park tension gauge. Performance was quite supportive, even sending me some free spokes as spares (even though I never broke one), but they were unable to provide a maximum recommended spoke tension for the wheels. This would be a great wheel for a deaf person, but I am looking for replacements now.

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Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Open Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by unizan61 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2009

Strengths:    inexpensive and strong. Light weight for the money...

Weaknesses:    decals (I removed mine!)

Bottom Line:   
After a 3 year layoff from road racing I am getting back into training. Blew my budget on a Ti frameset and had to economize on wheels so I thought at $159 it would be worth it as a traininng wheelset. Me: 195 lbs, ex Jack Daniel's, Bank One, Unizan Bank rider. Mostly flat road races or flat crit's. These wheels are amazing for the money. Advertised at 1750 grams they spin nice and have never required truing. Spokes stay evenly tensioned. Great wheel for the money!

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Favorite Ride:   circleville to old man's cave

Price Paid:    $159.00

Purchased At:   Performance - Columb

Similar Products Used:   Shimano r550 clincher wheelset,
Mavic Kysrum clincher wheelset

Bike Setup:   New Lemond TI frame, Ultegra group.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hfc a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    Good price to weight ratio. Reliable for the short time I used them. Spokes are thin bladed but regular spokes can be used as replacements if needed ( I never needed).

Weaknesses:    A little heavy but not really a complaint for this price.

Bottom Line:   
I used these about 2 years split amongst 2-3 road bikes, so only put about 3-4000 miles on them, maybe less. I was very happy with these wheels considering the price I paid. They arrived round and true, well-tensioned out of the box. They stayed true over the time I used them, hubs spin smooth and quiet. The stickers were quite ugly, so took them off ASAP and the wheels looked pretty stealth after that. I recently sold them after I've switched all my bikes to Campy.

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Favorite Ride:   downhill

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Helium, Velomax Circuit, Custom Ultegra/Open Pro, Custom DT Swiss/Velocity

Bike Setup:   I have many awesome bikes.

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