On a good day, I can resist any temptation that is not made out of carbon fiber. On a bad day, I contemplate grand larceny to score me some Zipp 404s or Lightweights. Admit it, you’ve fondled those dimpled beauties at your local bike shop, swayed by the voom-voom sirens, in awe of the build quality but startled by the price tag. Now hear this: there are a number of ahem more affordable carbon wheelsets on the market. Here are two which have caught my attention:
In the blue corner, weighing in at an amazing 1600 grams and retailing for 928 euros (€409 + €519), the – gulp – most affordable carbon wheelset on the market, the 2009 Pro Bikegear RC50. The look of blazing speed.
In the red corner, engineered by freakin’ Zipp Speed Weaponry and reviewed at testrider.com, weighing in at 1884 grams and retailing for 1300 dollars, the 2008 Flash-Point FP60. That’s right, Zipp on a budget.