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    CX Noob: Looking for suggestions for pre-built CX wheelset

    I've got a 2009 Redline Conquest Pro that I bought on a fluke and I absolutely love. I bought it used a couple of years ago and have put around 1500 miles on it.

    When I'm on the CX, I typically do a mix of logging roads, rail to trail, light singletrack, and pavement. Rides are typically around 20 to 30 miles with around 1000 to 2500 ft of climbing.

    I also have the potential (depending on weather and motivation) to do up to two rides a week with a couple of my roadie friends that are entirely on pavement. The rides are around 20 miles with 1000 feet of climbing with an average speed of 16mph. I'm pushing a lot of rubber with the CX bike and this brings me to my question.

    I'd like to get a second wheelset that I can keep slicks on. I'd use this wheelset on my road rides and also use the rear wheel on a trainer.

    I'm 200 pounds. My CX currently has a set of Ritchey DS wheels. They have been trouble free. No complaints.

    I'd appreciate suggestions for pre-built CX wheelsets. Price would be $400 max.

    I don't want to go with just a set of road wheels as I'm happy with the gains just from running slicks and I'd like to be able to use the second wheelset as a backup for CX rides.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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    How about some Ultegra hubs with Velocity A23 rims?

    Wheel Master Shimano Ultegra 6800/Velocity A23 Wheelset at BikeTiresDirect

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    I have a set of those wheels - they are a great value but if you get them make sure you include time/money in your budget to have them trued and possibly redished. Spoke tension was horrible when they arrived, and the rear dish was off a little bit. After getting those issues sorted they've been solid though.

    400 will get you a lot of wheel on craigslist though - I would at least take a look there you could find a real gem.
    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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    Try to keep the rim width the same. That way you won't have to fiddle with your brakes every time you change wheels.

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