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What wheels for a roadie?(4 posts)

What wheels for a roadie?Dave951
Jun 4, 2001 1:55 PM
I would like to hear experiences from anyone who has riden on wheels with nipples in the center(bringing the weight closer to the axle than the rim). What about stability/durability?

Thanks,
Dave
re: What wheels for a roadie?grz mnky
Jun 4, 2001 4:00 PM
It's an interesting design aspect, but just one of many considerations. The theory is all sound and well understood, but reality can be a bit differrent. Spinegy Spox are pretty interesting, but there are some problems that tend to accompany them. Shimano is pretty interesting, but they seem to be running a big rebate if you buy a pair, hmmm......

Unless you have a specific need for this style it is probably best if you look at the entire wheel set. I'd stick with known solid designs from known wheel builders, be it a company like Mavic, Campy or Dave's Speed Dreams. Some one is always spewing a bunch marketing fluff in the form of quasi technical data and touting one or two aspects over every other consideration. Fact is if you drop a bunch of $$$ on some high-zoot wheels you want them to work and be trouble free - for years. It kinda bites if your wheels are always being sent back for warranty work. Unless you can afford it stick with what works.

Nothing wrong with being a pioneer, but they're usually the ones with arrows sticking out of their backs.
lots of reviewsfreespirit
Jun 4, 2001 7:26 PM
Don't forget to check the product reviews here:

http://www.roadbikereview.com/reviews/wheelset/index_byname.asp

Lots of good info, if you take it with a grain of salt...
cane creeks have the nipple on the hub. the problemsbill
Jun 4, 2001 8:38 PM
with mine have nothing to do with stability or durability. They're just hard to work on (although not impossible by any means). In the rear, the cassette interferes with getting the little spoke wrench in there (and it's little, too). In the front, there's this dust cap with a slot through which you have to stick the little wrench.
They actually may roll a little better than my Ksyriums, although that could be my imagination or tire differences. They're nice riding wheels.