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Wheel upgrade for Long TT's etc.(10 posts)

Wheel upgrade for Long TT's etc.DannyBoy
Jul 16, 2002 5:50 PM
I've been meaning to upgrade from my Chorus/Open Pro's for a while, but can't settle on a suitable wheel. Am keen on Zipp 303/404's.

I'm riding longer 'hilly' or 'rolling' TT's of circa 50-100 miles (see the course map for at http://www.cyclechallenge.org.nz/courseinfo.jpg for a typical event for me).

What sort of wheel suits best, something aero like a 404 or something in between like 303's that are quite light, but semi aero???

Due to below average condition roads in NZ I'm not keen on tubs.
re: Wheel upgrade for Long TT's etc.Carbon fiber fanatik
Jul 16, 2002 6:40 PM
hed 3 spoke... without question. But of course thats just my humble opinion.
Funnily enough....DannyBoy
Jul 16, 2002 9:47 PM
..... a guy at a local tri shop said the same thing?

Only ever tried conventional wheels, what's the rub?
Funnily enough....Carbon fiber fanatik
Jul 17, 2002 1:59 AM
www.hedcycling.com check them out. They are extremely aero. Never need truing and built like a rock. I live in Michigan where they just adore salt in the long winters. The roads dont like salt so much and end up breaking and cracking. The wheels have been amazing in taking the abuse. Put them on and forget about them..
oh yeah, almost forgotCarbon fiber fanatik
Jul 17, 2002 2:04 AM
did you see the team time trial of the tour? Hint: The front wheels of the U.S.P.S. team bikes were hed 3's.
Zipp 404'sDougSloan
Jul 17, 2002 7:36 AM
I'd get Zipp 404's. Good, aero wheels and relatively light. Clincher or tubular.

I seriously considered HED's. However, the owner of the LBS I trust said they had horrific reliability and customer service issues. FWIW.

Doug
You could try Nimble, etcaeon
Jul 17, 2002 9:54 AM
Some other carbon bladed wheels:

I've heard good things about the Nimble Crosswind, and they're a lot lighter than the HED's, but I've also heard that the company is having financial trouble, so you would want to investigate that.
http://www.nimble.net

There's also the Corima 4-spoke. A bit heavier than the Nimble. I don't know anything else about them other than that one of the tour riders used a front one for the TT.
http://www.corima.com/corima/GB/boutique/roues/batons/default.html
You could try Nimble, etcCarbon fiber fanatik
Jul 17, 2002 2:12 PM
i thought about the nimble crosswind too. Except, they are four hundred bucks more and have a four month long waiting list. So, i shaved my goatee to make up the weight difference and couldn't be happier with my hed's..

As far as hed's customer service? Every phone call was answered as well as every e-mail.
You could try Nimble, etcJimP
Jul 18, 2002 11:31 AM
I have been riding a pair of Nimble Crosswinds for almost 4 years and couldn't be happier with the wheels. They are faster and lighter than most other wheels and certainly don't need re-truing. One of the issues I have with the HED-3 wheel is the valvestem placement. I used to ride a rear disk wheel that had a cutout for the valvestem and that was a nightmare to try to hold the Silca adapter and pump up the tire. HED didn't learn from those experiences and put the valvestem in the middle of the spoke with a cutout. Nimble determined that the valvestem wouldn't create much drag if it was placed about an inch behind a spoke so now I don't need an adapter and the third hand to pump up my tires. For those who say that the valvestem in the cutout has less drag, it may be true but only if you cover the cutout.
You could try Nimble, etcWoof the dog
Jul 21, 2002 10:39 PM
You could try asking Nimble why they never submitted their wheel to John Cobb to test out in the wind tunnel. Maybe afraid to find out their wheels are not the fastest? Needless to say, the wheels are quite flexy laterally.

Just what I know

Woof the dog.

P.S. Lets not take this as flame bait, aight?