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i decided recently to resume riding after a long ten+ year hiatus from cycling
and have been slowly(gradually) upgrading my road equipment. it's been great so far,
with many thanks to all the residents of RBR; i love this site! this is a great community
and i've learned/re-learned tons of stuff from all of you. i started out by
getting my kestrel 200ems(1991) up to snuff; new chain, new wheels(korso),
new tires(michelin pro2race 700x23), new pedals(pd6610), new shoes(nike altea2)
- everything's been great, i feel better, sleep better, all the good stuff.

on a whim(read:lazy), i decided that i wanted to leave a bike at work, rather than
haul my kestrel around all the time. for my work ride, i figured i'd use my trusty
old Trek 7000(not my Yeti Koko), so i rumaged around and dug out my 26" road
wheelset. these wheels have an ultegra cluster(12-23) so i assumed this setup
would be cool for the street. i have to say that it's turning out to be much, much more
work/effort to just keep the same approximate speed(about 15mph) and significantly
more work to get up the hill on my work/lunch ride. i realize that we're talking a
big difference in weight alone(MTB vs kestrel), but wow! like that other thread about
upgrade-itis, i guess i need to work on(buy/build) a fast, light, 26" road wheelset.

for my edification, do you guys/gals ride both true-road bikes and MTBs on the road,
and what's your typical setup? do you even have road wheels for your MTBs?

my riding is primarily fitness and fun, but even if you race, i'm curious.
 

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Tires, not wheels

Most of the improvment you can get from wheels will come from mounting some 26x1.0 slicks. The weight and poor body position on the MTB will prevent it from ever being fast, but you can get the most improvement from new tires. I wouldn't worry about the wheels.
 

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that's the funny thing: i've got slicks on there and i'm still dyin'!
(yeah, yeah. ride more. i'm just out of shape.)

when i got home tonight i did some more rumaging and found
the dirt wheelset i was missing hanging behind some spare knobbies.
i'd forgotten about these, it's a custom wheelset i had built when
the trek was new(1994?):

mavic m231 rims
nukeproof Ti hubs, 28hole
15/16 double butted spokes

i'll switch the rubber tomorrow and see how it works out. these
wheels are probably about a pound lighter than the matrix rims
that were on there. i'll probably move the cluster too since that's
about another 1/5lb. and they're still true. good build.

i normally wouldn't consider myself a weight weenie, but as a
middle-aged-returning-to-cycling guy, i need all the help i can get ;-)
i should probably think about putting the nukeproofs on my Koko...

Kerry Irons said:
Most of the improvment you can get from wheels will come from mounting some 26x1.0 slicks. The weight and poor body position on the MTB will prevent it from ever being fast, but you can get the most improvement from new tires. I wouldn't worry about the wheels.
 
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