I have decided to buy new wheels for this season. I'm currently riding the Bontrager Race Lite wheels that came with my bike, and now it's time to move to aero wheels to keep up. I'll do about 1300 km of racing this season (approx. 800 miles) where the longest is 540 km (approx. 335 miles), thus I will need good wheels.
I've looked at different wheel sets and considered price, quality and function. I think it has come down to these, but feel free to add anything you miss.
- Zipp Firecrest 404/808
- FFWD F4R/F6R
- Mavic Cosmic Carbon
- Mad Fiber
Although some of the wheels above is slightly too expensive, I think they are worth mentioning for the comparison.
So here are my questions:
- For a good all round wheel, would you go for taller (>58mm), or lower (<40mm) rims?
- Is the price difference from FFWD to Zipp or even Mad Fibre worth it in a TTT race over a long distance with an average pace of circa 35 km/h / 22 mph?
- When spending this much on a set of wheels: Clincher, which I'm currently riding, or tubular?
Any advice would be appreciated, and personal experience would be highly regarded.
UPDATE: In the end, i bought Unaas CS-50.