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1999 Cane Creek Crono front wheel - 105/Ultegra level?(5 posts)

1999 Cane Creek Crono front wheel - 105/Ultegra level?Eug
Apr 30, 2003 7:14 PM
OK, I think I posted something similar a while back but I can't find the post and my question wasn't really answered at the time IIRC.

A few months ago I was at a bike show and then had some closeout Cane Creek Crono front wheels from 1999. Unused, and about US$40. So I bought one not knowing anything about them, really just as a backup. There is nothing on this black-rimmed wheel except "Cane Creek Crono" in blue. It's a radial spoke pattern with straight spokes. Where the spokes attach to the rim, the rim is triangular shaped (like many wheels out there).

Right now I'm using a wheel with 2002 Tiagra hub and the cheapo stock Matrix Aurora rim. Works fine though, esp. since I'm just a casual out-of-shape rider on the road.

Questions:

1) Am I right in thinking that it will be somewhat of an upgrade in using the 1999 Crono? Is it around 105 level and a bit lighter than what I have now? Out of interest's sake, what's the weight? I'll slap a Kevlar bead tire on it for some additional weight savings.

2) Stupid question, but will any skewer work?

3) Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap reasonably quality and reasonbly light rear wheel that's easy to find?

4) How far can I go back before the rear hubs become incompatible with current 105 9-speed drivetrains?
Looks like Aerohead clincherEug
Apr 30, 2003 7:27 PM
From the website it looks like the pre-2003 Aerohead, but with a black hub.

And uh oh, I just checked it and it's a clincher. I guess I bought the wrong tire. Stupid me.
Ignore the wrong tire comment. Brain fart. (nm)Eug
Apr 30, 2003 7:39 PM
Nice wheel - above 105's for sure.jw25
May 1, 2003 7:34 AM
1. I think Cane Creek make nice wheels, and the one you've got (Aerohead, most likely) is probably lighter than the Tiagra/Matrix. The rim's made by Velocity, so you can read the reviews on it here - it seems to be well liked.

2. Any skewer should work, but I've had trouble with my Crono Wam rear accepting a Shimano XTR. A Bontrager skewer worked fine, and the front wheel took the XTR no trouble. Go figure.

3. For a rear wheel, are you thinking prebuilt or just something comparably racy? It's hard to beat a Dura-Ace hub laced to a light rim, maybe another Aerohead or an Open Pro, with DB spokes and alloy nips. Remember a D-A hub gets weighed with the skewer, so they're actually comparable to a lot of boutique hubs, and not as expensive. The ti freehub has stronger splines than an aluminum version, so your choice of cassettes is wider. Most any shop will build you one - Colorado Cyclist and Excel Sports both build good wheels, and both charge around $300 for a set, so the rear only should be less. Ultegra is also nice and smooth, and less expensive. If you're patient, check Ebay for some steals on new wheels - but have them check by a shop, as tension and truing are what make wheels good. Any monkey can lace up a set, but it's the extra time spent getting it right that makes them last.

4. Apart from some specialty hubs, any 8 or 9 speed Shimano compatible hub will work with your drivetrain. The freehub length is the same for 8 and 9, so don't let that stop you. The first Dura-Ace 8 speed wouldn't work, because the first cog threaded on, instead of using a lockring, but that's probably 10 years ago now, and it'll be noted.
Thanks for the excellent response! nmEug
May 1, 2003 4:29 PM