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Any Critiques on Nimble Crosswinds, HED3, or X-treme Aero Dr(4 posts)

Any Critiques on Nimble Crosswinds, HED3, or X-treme Aero DrAHobie17
Mar 21, 2001 6:41 AM
I'm looking to purchase one of the three and would apprieciate any imput from any one who has used one or all of the three. I really like the Nimble Crosswinds and after speaking to the tech I think this is the way I'll go. Any HELP?? It's alot of money.
re: Any Critiques on Nimble Crosswinds, HED3, or X-treme Aero Drcaldwell-cougar
Mar 21, 2001 2:12 PM
Well going into this thread I had never heard of the Nimble Crosswinds. However I decided to look into their website. I too spoke with a tech about a Crosswinds/FLY combo. I must say, the staff there is unbelievably friendly. They were willing to tell me whatever I needed to know and even call me back! From owning Spinergy wheels, to get this treatment was a dream.

Come spring, they're getting my money!

I would also like to say that Bill (X-Treme US Rep) is also an extremely nice guy. I've heard excellent things about their products as well.

Maybe find a way to buy one of each?
re: Any Critiques on Nimble Crosswinds, HED3, or X-treme Aero DrAHobie17
Mar 24, 2001 4:08 PM
Well from what I can tell, Nimble is getting my money. The X-treme rep in Calif. sent my e-mail ?'s to Ausltralia & I got one reply asking for more info on my Questions so I e-mailed him back and haven't recieved a reply.
Nimble answered ALL of my Questions. Ended up Buying the Crosswinds with a friend and they nocked off 5% on the rims of course we had to ask about the discount, but it worked. I had them keep the TI skewers (had some already) and wheel bag and got another $60 off the wheels. A toal of $110 each! Going to the tubulars will save rotational weight. The clincher puts extra weight on the outer edge of the wheel(rim). This weight slows accelleration.
Total weight of the Nimble wheelset is about 1550grams compared to the Helium's 1500grams (tubular). My old Spinergy Rev-X's weighed in at about 1900grams(clincher). Figured out the weight savings between the Spinergys with tires and the Crosswinds (tubulars) with tires and the weight savings was right under one pound. The crosswind effect of the Crosswinds is reportably 1/2 of the Spinergy.
All I can say is I hope they are worth it.
re: Any Critiques on Nimble Crosswinds, HED3, or X-treme Aero DrAHobie17
Mar 24, 2001 4:20 PM
One more word, on the X-treme Aero, there design looks a little HOAKY to me. those curved spokes I mean. It seems that would just add weight. Their web site mentions lift I guess from that funky shape. From what I know about sail boat sails and the difference in pressures of the leward side of the sail sucking the boat forward,it just doesn't seem to add up for a bike wheel, because on a sail the faster you go the more the apparant wind moves forward,hence allowing the boat to point higher into the wind. Then the boat produces more apparant wind accually allowing the boat(cats and board sailors) to even go faster than the wind. I think on a bike wheel you would have to be changing your angle to the wind to get this "lift" and also have a larger surface area than is on a small bike wheel.
Well that's kind of how I see it.