Currently building a HongFu FM 169 (Avenger R8) with Ultegra build. Don't have any spare wheel sets so looking to buy one. My budget is maximum $1500 but prefer to stay below $1000. I weigh 170lbs and looking for a aero wheelset. The list of wheel set above are what i'm looking at and you're more than welcome to add more suggestions.
Looking at minimum 40mm profile but prefer 50s to 60s. Prefer Alloy/carbon over full carbon for swapping wheel set conveniences and better wet braking but if the wheel is reaching full carbon pricing territory .. then might as well go carbon. Would love it to be light and strong but i understand that will cost a pretty penny.
I have used Vuelta Corsa SLR, Bontrager TLR that came stock on my Emonda S6, and currently on Shimano Ultegra 6800 wheelset. The 6800 wheelset is currently on the Emonda and the Bontrager is on my commuter bike. The Vuelta was sold.
I ride my commuter on streets and emonda mainly on trails that are 95% flats and once in a while get catch in some showers. Both bikes are on 25mm and i have a Specilized Turbo 24mm for the new wheelset.
I for the most part do most of my own wrenching, so really no preference either loose ball bearing or catridge bearing.
I'm heavily leaning towards:
low range of budget: Shimano RS81 C50
mid range of budget: Giant SL 1 aero, Reynolds R Six ( PB have it on sale @1200)
high range of budget: Shimano Dura Ace C50
I dont have experience on any of the listed wheels so i'm open ears for suggestions and opinions.
Thanks in advance.