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Buying 2nd Wheelset - Advice wanted
#1
Hey Wink

So, I ride a cross bike with cross tires which don't work or last very well on the indoor trainer. Although it's been great practice changing to a road tire each time I want to use the trainer, I'm seriously considering buying a second wheelset so that I can just pop a different rear wheel on. It'd also be great to use road tires during the week when I'm commuting and have the cross tires for the weekend when my riding gets a bit more adventurous.

Anyway, I'm not sure what I should be looking for with wheel specs other than that it's compatible with my cassette. Obviously I'm doing this to save time, so I don't want to have to adjust the brake and/or RD every time I change wheels. Also, even though I will be using the new set on the road mainly, I want to be able to put my 35mm cross tires on them if need be in the future.

My current set are Fulcrum Racing 7's, I have a 10-speed cassette (Ultegra) and my budget is $200. I'd probably be best off just buying another set of those... But I wanted to ask here first to see if I could save some money. The Vuelta ZeroLite Road Comp set on Amazon looks good and is a bit cheaper, but I haven't been able to tell if they'll do from what I could find online.

Thanks
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#2
If you want to guarantee not having to adjust the RD, you'll need to tweak the position of the cassette on the hub to match your current wheels within 50 microns - tighter tolerance than even the Fulcrum wheels you have are made to. If you can stand a little bit of noise, or an 1/8 turn of the adjuster, almost any wheels will be okay.

The wheels you picked: http://www.vueltausa.com/vuelta-bicycle-wheels/vuelta-road-wheels/zerolite-road-comp.html#product_description seem fine; you could contact Vuelta to confirm that the inner rim width to insure that a 35mm tire would fit.
Nigel
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#3
Alright, thanks for the heads up. I should be able to deal with making the adjustments since RD isn't too bad. All the tire changing has made me very grateful that I don't get flats, though.
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