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I am looking for a solid wheel to train on and ride everyday. Weight and aerodynamics not a priority however durability is.
Is there an open pro version of a carbon tubular that can be laced up solid for under $1000
Why carbon? To be honest, looks, and I hate switching brake pads twice a week.
 

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I doubt it. Why not just buy a cheap set of Chinese carbon aero rims? The heavier ones should be plenty durable.
 

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Well a good week I will get out the door for a wednesday night TT and then usually find a crit on the weekend. I have a set of carbon race wheels and a set of alum clinchers for the rest of the week.
 

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Don't worry about counting spokes with the C24's. Train or race them with any weight. Wife is on them (7800's)...I'm on them (7900's), can't go wrong IMO.
 

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commfire said:
The 7801 is a great suggestion thanks....16/20 sounds like a low spoke count. Any issues?
Too soon for me to comment personally since I have not had them long but they have a 3 yr warranty and have recevied very good reviews overall. The ony downside to these that I can say is proprietary parts but I am impressed Shimano can make such a stiff wheelset with this spoke count.
 

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commfire said:
I am looking for a solid wheel to train on and ride everyday. Weight and aerodynamics not a priority however durability is.
Is there an open pro version of a carbon tubular that can be laced up solid for under $1000
Why carbon? To be honest, looks, and I hate switching brake pads twice a week.
I would simply suggest second hand aero wheels. There are plenty of them available on the market and most of them don't have any problem or only cosmetic issues. Some people seem to buy all the latest gears and get rid of them after only 1 or 2 seasons.

In France, you can find a pair of used corima aero wheels or even 4 spokes (that should be fun for training) for less than 350€/500$, it's probably the same in the us with the zipp, hed or other domestic manufacturers.

Or you can use cheap chinese aero rims, you can even ask them any specific spoke count and they are available in 22 or 38mm profile.
 

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In my experience the deeper dish wheels 40-50mm are way, way tougher then the shallow dish.
Try Williams or Carroll Composites.
 

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ewitz said:
Here is a pair for sale for $799 with Conti Sprinter tires
http://mikesbikeparts.weebly.com/parts-for-sale.html
I don't think those are really 7801 but rather 7800s. Looking at the hub you can see the difference. These are likely over 3 yrs old and for 800 I'd pass. My brand new 7801s, discontinued in the 7900 line up were 999 new from a licensed dealer.

edit:those are 7801 but i actually meant 7850s.
 
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