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Hey guys,

I'm looking for a solid all-around tubular wheelset under $1200 or $1000 if possible. I've got a budget for the wheels plus $250 in tires/skewers and wheelbags. I've found many in this price range including...

* FSA RD-488 (43mm, 1465g) for under a $1000 -- clicky hub (teammate owns RD-400) but seems like a good choice
* Neuvation C50 (50mm, 1500g) for $900 -- heard good thing about their alu wheels
* ZIPP 303's for (25mm, 1025g) for $1100 w/ skewers -- race day only?
* HED Alps (48mm, 1570g) for $1000 -- very intriguing, leaning toward these but don't know any who own them
* Real Design Supersonic 40 (40mm, 1610g) for $900 -- a little sketchy, nobody owns
* Ritchey WCS Tubular (55mm, 1300g) for $1250 -- hard to find and extremely deep dish but I love my WCS Protocols.

Does anybody own or have experience with any of these? I want an aero wheel for road races and international to long-course duathlons and TTs (>=40k) but I also want to be able to train occasionally on the wheels as well. I have heard from many that Zipp's, American Classics, and others are for "race day only." Note that I'm in Iowa which tends to be fairly windy during all but June-September. All input is appreciated. Happy riding all! :thumbsup:
 

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* FSA RD-488 (43mm, 1465g) for under a $1000 -- clicky hub (teammate owns RD-400) but seems like a good choice

Real weight is closer to 1600g
* Neuvation C50 (50mm, 1500g) for $900 -- heard good thing about their alu wheels
* ZIPP 303's for (25mm, 1025g) for $1100 w/ skewers -- race day only?

303's are a 38 or 44mm rim, the 202 is 25mm. Zipp wheels are race day wheels.

* HED Alps (48mm, 1570g) for $1000 -- very intriguing, leaning toward these but don't know any who own them

Hed wheels are very nice but seem to have bad quality control problems. It is best if you buy them from a shop where you can check them out before buying.

* Real Design Supersonic 40 (40mm, 1610g) for $900 -- a little sketchy, nobody owns

I used to build the wheels for Real Design. The Supersonic wheels are not tubular but they are descent clinchers.

* Ritchey WCS Tubular (55mm, 1300g) for $1250 -- hard to find and extremely deep dish but I love my WCS Protocols.

These use a 58mm Zipp rim and will be just like Zipp wheels in that they are race day wheels.


Why not build a pair with velocity or some other alloy tubular rim with a good after market hub like White Industries or Dt. You would have a pair that will weigh the same as most of the above choice but cost half as much.
 

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Try Nimble

Nimble's start at $900 a set and weigh as little as 1225 grams. I was ready to buy a pair but I kind of broke my Casati M:U2 frame and it needs replacment first. I also have a pair of White LTA hubs laced to Mavic Reflex rims that weigh 1482 grams but aren't very aero.
 

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Topolino's are "budget?"

I have seen the Topolinio's on another rider's rig in my area. They are definitely pretty trick wheels but I haven't seen them around under their $1799 retail price, which is way over my range. Thanks for the input all. ** Ryan
 
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