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I just bought a new TT/triathlon bike and would like to get a lighter set of aero wheels than the Cosmic Elite that came with it. It would be a bonus if those same wheels could be used for some racing on my regular bike - so versatility is important, as is price. Must be < $1500 +/-. It also seems like a clincher would be easier to deal with, since we have many thorns in this area and flats are not uncommon. 3 Questions:
1) What might the "ideal" rim depth be for a balance of aero and good handling in the wind - 46mm, 50, 60? Other?
2) Any specific recommendations for wheelsets?
3) Can any money be saved going custom?

Thanks for your input.
 

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You're complaining about Cosmic Elites? Yeah they're heavy... but in TT's that doesn't matter much (assuming your TT doesn't have any serious hills or than power over the top rolling hills).

Personally a good deal is the EC90 aeros of '08 on ebay for 800-1200 bucks. But be aware they log water if it rains. Pro teams (notably Bisell) drilled holes to drain them out, there's a video on their website by their wrench.

Custom usually can be more expensive in this case since you're looking for deep dish and those rims the Taiwanese exporters are not bringing to town yet...

EC90 aeros should be great for road races too...
 

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Thanks for your response. Actually, a couple area TT's do have some hills, as well as some long gradual climbs. I realize I am asking for a lot (light, aero, cheap). I have considered the EA90 TT's, and Rolf Prima Vigors primarily due to weight, but don't have enough experience to know whether a significant aerodynamic benefit can be realized with a 31-34 mm rim. I would be happy if these did the trick, because they can be had online for $6-800.

Please keep the comments coming. I know many of you have a lot of experience with this. Thanks again.
 

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check these out:

http://www.bikesoul.com/s52.html
http://www.williamscycling.com/58cc/58cc.html
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=26533&category=3676
http://www.flitwheels.com/onlinestore.html
http://www.flash-pointracing.com/fp60

my tri bike came with Flashpoint fp60s, a 60mm deep, aluminum rimmed, carbon faired
wheel(the old, pre-dimpled 404 zipp) - very fast(better when you're going 23-24mph
or faster) very comfy, not super light(1850gms) but not a boat anchor either. you could
combine a 60 rear w/a 40 front and have a really fast, not twitchy, durable wheelset for about $1200.
 
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