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Deep profile rims and CX...What's the advantage?(6 posts)

Deep profile rims and CX...What's the advantage?Cima Coppi
Dec 9, 2002 9:34 AM
Hello all. I am to receive my first CX bike this week, and since I am new to CX I will be using clinchers until I get used to it. I do plan on buying tubulars in the future, and in looking at potential wheetsets I have noticed that deep profile wheelsets are very popular for CX. Is there a valid reason for this? I have been eyeing building up a set up Mavic Reflex tubies, but I have also been looking at deals on E-Bay for other options.

What are your thoughts on the subject? As always, I appreciate your opinions.

To all of you going to Nats, best of luck!!

Whadja get?BipedZed
Dec 9, 2002 9:55 AM
Deep profile rims are popular for slicing through boggy mud. That and they are really light and relatively stiff. And those Euro guys get them for free.

Personally I don't like the way my Zipp 303s brake when wet (or dry) for that matter and wouldn't want to use them in a wet, muddy, or snowy race.

This season I built up a Reflex/Hugi wheelset with Tufo Elite LPS 32c tubulars. I can't recommend the Tufos with Tufo sealant more highly. 4 of my teammates went to Tufo sewups after seeing my setup.

What kind of bike did you get?
Whadja get?atpjunkie
Dec 9, 2002 11:52 AM
deep profiles are stronger, stiffer and like the previos poster said good a cutting through bogs and sand. can use the rim like a rudder. Also veed rims by design shed more mud.
I got an Empella Bonfire...Cima Coppi
Dec 9, 2002 12:49 PM
Hey Zed. I picked up the last 60cm matte black on clearance from CX World. I've been waiting since before I left Colorado to get this bike. I'll send up picks once I have it build up, which will most likely be after the holidays.

I did get the carbon fork with it.

I am definitely keen on the Tufo's. So the sealant work well, does it?? In looking at wheel choices, I have also been looking at maybe a set of Spinergy X-Aero's. What do you think of those??

Take care.

I got an Empella Bonfire...jjohnson05
Dec 10, 2002 2:34 PM
First, the Empella is a great choice. Not the lightest cross frame, but it is built specifically for the job by guys who know how to get the job done, and that is important. Second, the Xeros are great cross wheels. Strong, light, shed mud well. Third, Tufos are great, but in muddy conditions they do not have deep enough tread and can be really slippery. Clinchers, like the Michelin Mud are great in, like you might suspect, the mud. They also wear far better than the Tufos. The weight saving of the tubs is great when the course is not loose or muddy and they can hook up, but if you can't get traction, it doesn't matter how light they are. Lots of guys have both sets for that very reason. Rims with carbon braking surfaces, Zipp 303/404 or Cane Creek Carbons, do not stop well when wet. So, if you get carbon rims, put your Tufos on them and save then for the dry races. GommaItalia also makes a very nice tubular cross tire, it is a knock off of the Dugast tubular at half the price. Good luck and have fun.
Thanks everyone for your opinions!!! I'll keep you updated (nm)Cima Coppi
Dec 10, 2002 6:17 PM