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wheels in paris roubaix(7 posts)

wheels in paris roubaixelviento
Apr 15, 2002 8:02 AM
Anyone knows what wheels are most widely used in the PR? I gotta get a set.
why?RideLots
Apr 15, 2002 8:06 AM
Do you do 180 mile races on cobblestones?
I am just 30lbs heavier than most PR riders andelviento
Apr 15, 2002 8:11 AM
ride on reasonably crappy roads.
Paris Roubaixboneman
Apr 15, 2002 8:47 AM
The problem with Paris Roubaix is you know what wheels they start on but on which one's do they end the race?

Well last year Domo started the race on Ambrosio Nemesis rims and Conti competition tubs so I imagine the same for 2002. Ambrosio rims are popular in the pro peleton, particularly the Nemesis and more recently the Excellence. Both Rabo and Mapei use Ambrosio. Wesseman was probably on the Campy Barcelona's or NOS Record Strada's. For those who haven't seen/tried Ambrosio rims, clincher or tub, they're worth looking for.

Hincapie's been known to ride Mavic Classic SSC tub wheels. He rode them in last year's Paris Roubaix and used them in the Ronde this year. I'd have to go back to my tape of this year's Ghent Wevelgem to check what he used in that race.
Paris Roubaixhinaults dog
Apr 15, 2002 10:54 AM
cippo used ssc's in ghent-bubblegum
Paris Roubaixatpjunkie
Apr 17, 2002 8:07 AM
if you are 30lbs heavier than most pro's and I'm going to assume less nimble & skilled of a cyclist (aren't we all), then the rims they use at PR may still not be enough. Do you ride clinchers or tubulars? 30 lbs heavier, does that make you 175? (based on av. weight of 145) If you are looking for an abusable wheelset get Mavic Open Pro's laced to whatever hub you choose. These wheels are used in cyclocross quite often and should stand up to most road abuse. I have 2 sets I use for 'cross and commuting and I'm 230. I ride them both on and off road and they stand up to most everything. I can knock them out of true if I don't bunny hop perfectly straight. If you are looking for a prebuilt, try Velomax, the circuit comps are cheap, light and stiff. The Orions are lighter more expensive but still semi abusable.
Rolf Vector Comps will take a licking as well. Good Luck
Don't buy open prosBDBike
Apr 23, 2002 5:43 AM
I am 230# and open pros do not last if you ride rough roads. not only myself but some other people I know have had problems with an open pro/ultegra setup. Hand built by an excellent builder. Go with the Mavic Ksyriums expensive but will not break. I have ridden over many a pot hole in the ksyrium that would have toasted the open pros that I had before.