Hey guys. I'm looking to buy a nice light sturdy race wheelset. Suggestions? So far I'm looking into Mavic Crossmax SLR's, Industry 9's with DT Swiss Rims, King hubs with Stans rims.
That's also insanely expensive
How much time do you ride or race? How much time do you spend on this site? If you are like most way to much. Save a little more and get yourself the best! You will not regret it. These wheels will stay true and fast for a long time. Choose wisely because nothing makes a bike faster then a good set of wheels. Choose wisely because this is way up there in important life decisions
Talk to Dave Thomas at http://www.speeddream.com/
He built me a set of King Disk/Bontrager Valient wheels that are very light and strong.
And I hammer the snot outta them.
Dave doesn't just lace the parts toghether either.
He uses different gage spokes and patterns on the drive and non drive side for the rear depending on your intended use.
He'll ask you all kinds of questions about riding style, bike, weight, etc and suggest the perfect set for you.
Oh, regarding the King Hubs, 3 things:
1. they're not cheap but they're definitely worth it
2. the rear engages quickly and positively, absolutely necessary if you do any sort of technical riding
3. they will probably outlast your frame and several wheel builds
4. great customer service
OK, that's 4 things, so I can't count.
I ride....ALOT. I've done 20 races this season and probably put 3k miles in. The only think I don't like about those wheels is that you'd have to keep extra spokes with you just in case. I don't think many shops will have them in a pinch. I like them to be easily tunable and have common parts. I know they are pretty stong too but I've seen other wheelsets out there stronger and lighter. At this point I wouldn't be willing to say hands down that they are the best. I will choose slowly and carefully, it'll be a big investment.
20 races very nice. Sorry if it sounds like I am pushing the Mavics. I ride with six guys on the Purefoods / Halters Cycles team and everyone has been riding Mavics for years. We have two guys that are 200LBs that bomb and thrash these wheels and never have problems. I usally don't recommend bikes and other components because it can be a personal pref thing, but wheels leave little to debate in my mind.
I'm not sure which shop you're dealing with but check out Jdog at Halters he may be able to offer some advise.