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I'm looking to upgrade the wheels on my Felt Z5. It came stock with Mavic CXP22 and I want to upgrade to something lighter. My budget is under $500. For around $400 I can buy either the BWW Blackset Race 13 at their "Performance" level or Vuelta Team V. These will be used mainly for training and century/charity rides. Any compelling reasons why I should choose one over the other?
 

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I'm looking to upgrade the wheels on my Felt Z5. It came stock with Mavic CXP22 and I want to upgrade to something lighter. My budget is under $500. For around $400 I can buy either the BWW Blackset Race 13 at their "Performance" level or Vuelta Team V. These will be used mainly for training and century/charity rides. Any compelling reasons why I should choose one over the other?
The Blackset Race are -

Built in the USA.
Make their weight with 24/28 spokes (versus 20/24) which will make for a stronger wheel if a spoke ever breaks. You don't say how heavy you are and 20/24 might not be enough for you.
Ship for $1.
Bite Guard on cassette carrier edges.
Use normal j-bend spokes (Vuelta are straight-pull - harder to find).
Regular price $349. Vuelta appear to be $500. For $50 more you could get the BWW BSR with CX-Ray spokes, saving about 80 grams in weight.
 

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naparider,
I'll echo what Mike T. said. I replaced a set of DT Swiss 3.0 wheels with the Blackset Race 13 podium build 24/28 for less than $500 about a month ago. They are light, strong and IMO a great value.

Rob
 

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Thanks for the reply. I weigh about 160 so I don't think that will be an issue. I was leaning toward the Blackset Race until I saw the Vuelta's on ebay for $399. I'd rather buy directly from BWW but I thought if the Vuelta's were superior that I would go that direction. I've seen a lot of good feedback about the Blackset Race wheels so I'm most likely going to go with those.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I weigh about 160 so I don't think that will be an issue. I was leaning toward the Blackset Race until I saw the Vuelta's on ebay for $399. I'd rather buy directly from BWW but I thought if the Vuelta's were superior that I would go that direction. I've seen a lot of good feedback about the Blackset Race wheels so I'm most likely going to go with those.
My BSR are starting their 4th year as my "summer" wheels and they haven't had a wrench to them yet. I'm 170-175 lbs. Mine have CX-Rays and are 1410g.
 

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naparider,
I'll echo what Mike T. said. I replaced a set of DT Swiss 3.0 wheels with the Blackset Race 13 podium build 24/28 for less than $500 about a month ago. They are light, strong and IMO a great value.

Rob
How were you able to get the podium for less than $500? Do they go on sale often? Looking at maybe picking up a set of BSR.
 

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I went back and looked at my receipt - it was actually $559. They had a sale in March. I think I got 15 or 20% off. I'm not sure how often they go on sale. I found out by perusing this board.
They had a Snow sale and a Spring sale I think - two different discount rates. I don't see it currently advertised even though Wisconsin wheel buyers could use a snow sale right now.
 

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I've had the BWW Blackset Race for a year now, and if I were to do it again, I think I would get something different, maybe look for some Ultegra Wheels, or Velocity A23 wheelset. But that's just me.

The BWW are light, and they spin well, but I have trouble with my front wheel staying in true. Plus, I want to try the wide rims.

I don't know if it's the rims or my fork (Easton EC70), but the front of my bike just doesn't feel as planted and stable as I would like. It's probably the rider :)
 
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