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Let me first introduce myself. I’m a 220lb mountain bike rider and have been riding since the early 90’s, always Cannondales because of how stiff they are even for my weight. I now want to road bike and my priority is stiffness and power transfer to the rear wheel. I’m an ex-competitive weightlifter (olympic style), and really like to apply force to the pedals

I have started with the white and red BB30 CAAD 9 and have also ordered the new Hollowgram crankset. Now, what wheelset do I buy to compliment the frame choice and crank choice?

I am considering three options:

2009 Mavic Elites
2009 Easton EA90sl
Or BWW wheels using DT240s hubs, Mavic openpro rims, DT Revolution spokes except on the drive side rear wheel with competition spokes.

All these wheels cost about the same and weight about the same. Is there something else I should consider? Do I need to spend more money? I figured that ~1550 gram wheelset is a good compromise weight for my weight, not too heavy, but not too fragile. Would you agree?

Tim.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I’m surprised to hear that the BWW wheels would be so much better than the new Mavic Elites. My LBS (who I respect very much) is certain that the Elites are fantastic wheels based on his experience and information from Cannondale’s testing of theses wheels. I generally like to go with my LBS recommendations unless I have overwhelming evidence otherwise.

All the responses from this site are starting to sway me toward the BWW wheels.

Tim.
 
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