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Hi there,

 This is my first cross season and I love it. I have been eyeing up some new rides but I think I will keep my steel Masi for another season until I am sure that I am ‘in it to win it’.

Until then I am thinking how to realize some weight savings. I have read the article on the site and I am considering a new wheelset and I’m wondering does anyone have any suggestions for a decent clincher set for under $400? I am considering the Fulcrum Racing 7

(I realize tubulars are the cross norm but I want the versatility of clinchers to swap with my road bike and to use my existing tire quiver)

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The Fulcrum Racing 7's stated weight is 1,849g

The Mavic Aksium S stated weight is 1,735g

The Mavic Kserium Elite stated weight is 1,520g

Believe me, I know what a budget is and the pain of staying within it, that said if you have the $400 you could get a set of Aksiums and a couple different sets of tires.  I can attest to the Aksiums, I have had a set on my cross bike for a very long time and they are pretty bomb proof, and mind you I'm pushing 300lbs.  In my experience I have had no major issues other than having the rear wheel trued once.

If you really want a killer wheelset that is light and may outlast your frame, save a little more and get The Mavic Kserium Elite's.

Do not buy the Fulcrum Racing 7's. They are super heavy and you can get a used pair for cheap if you really need an extra pair of wheels. I have a pair in my closet that I'd be glad to take $200 for (plus shipping).

Revolution makes a nice lightweight inexpensive set of tubulars for $460 ($1490 grams):

Or I've heard great things about Kseriums, as recommended by @JesseD.

Thanks guys that is all some good feedback. The other idea I just had was maybe taking my Shimano R500s off my road bike and buying a lighter more performance set for that.

though it looks like the R500s are heavier than any of the above....

Easy answer, these CX optimized wheels are in your budget and excellent wheels.


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