Road Wheels

The Stigmata is supplied with a cyclocross wheelset. They’re sturdy: 40c tires and beefy aluminum rims. I’ve been riding these everywhere so far. they’re perfect on gravel or trail, and plush on road. Tires don't show any wear after ~300 miles.

I’d like a road wheelset, essentially because road tires will be faster on pavement.

 

Criteria

  • 700c diameter

  • 25-28mm wide tires

  • Tubeless

  • 15 x 100mm front thru axle (most road bikes use 12 x 100mm)

  • 12 x 142mm rear thru axle

  • Disc brakes, 160mm diameter, 6-bolt mount

  • Sram cassette (OEM wheelset is 11-32)

 

Proposed parts (by local bike shop)

 

Other options

Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheel Tubeless ($1100 front + $1300 rear, 1530g)

Mavic AllRoad Pro UST Disc ($1100 pair, 1620g)

Mavic Ksyrium Pro UST Disc ($1100 pair, 1610g)

Santa Cruz makes wheels, though not cyclocross wheels yet, despite rumors ($3200 pair)

 

Aluminum or Carbon?

Comparing low-end carbon wheels to mid/high-quality aluminum training wheels, there seems to be a big difference in cost, but not much difference in weight. I’d rather buy a good aluminum wheelset than a bottom-end carbon wheelset.

Aero rims don't make sense on this bike. It’s so draggy in other aspects that there wouldn't be much of an advantage.

 

Selected Parts

Got the wheels for $880 from competitivecyclist.com. (CC offers accessories like rotors and cassettes at a discount if they’re installed on a wheel or bike, and they do the installation for free. It seems like the only way to access these discounts is by asking via chat or phone.)