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I came to a point where I will have to replace original wheels on my road bike. Since my budget is tight I was thinking of changing only one wheel at the time (for example instead of paying 1000 EUR for a set now, I would buy one for 700 EUR now and the other 700 EUR next year. My question is  if that makes sense and if it does which wheel do I replace first front or rear.

Thank you, Ales

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srchar [1385 posts] 3 months ago
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I'd say it doesn't make sense, because you're not going to see much of a performance difference between a 700 EUR wheelset and a 1000 EUR one, and you're paying over the odds to buy two separate wheels.  Spend what you can afford on a wheelset, then next year the difference will pay for a different upgrade, or a trip.

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Jimthebikeguy.com [260 posts] 3 months ago
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You could and should get a decent wheelset hand built for you, for that money, by a professional wheelbuilder. Get both at once.

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StoopidUserName [648 posts] 3 months ago
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In all honesty I'd buy both at the same time. You'll notice the difference more and will feel that the money has been justified. Also it might look weird otherwise  3