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poll: What wheels do you run for road/CX(17 posts)

poll: What wheels do you run for road/CXreklar
Mar 18, 2003 11:24 PM
Just want to get an idea of what wheels people are using
for their road and offroad riding on their CX bikes!
I'm looking to upgrade my Trek XO and want to get some

atpjunkie mentioned that Aerohead/Ultegras might be the
way to go. snwbdrhoon suggested Bontrager Race Lites.

I've been thinking that two sets of wheels are the way to
go, one for road and one for cross. Maybe something like
Mavic MA3/105s for cross and Open Pro/Ultegras for road?

I don't know a whole lot about road wheels other than what
I've read over on the roadie forum over the past couple
weeks, so any advice will be appreciated!

Road: OP, Off-road: CPX33Stampertje
Mar 19, 2003 2:13 AM
Both laced 36 spokes 3 cross with Sapim DB spokes. I built them myself. The CPX33 are holding up very well, but the OP rear wheel still needs some touching up. I blame the builder :)
two setsSteve_O
Mar 19, 2003 6:46 AM
I have two sets. both are strong enough for offroad use but I alternate more to easily switch between knobbies and road tires....

Set #1
32h MA3's laced to Deore hubs. Straight gauge spokes. These are right out of the QBP catalog and I got them from the shop I used to work at as no one bought them after a year of collecting dust. They are not the lightest but get the job done. I just repacked the Deore hubs after about 1500 miles. No issues with the rims.

Set #2
32h rear Velocity Deep V, 28h front Velocity Aerohead laced to SunRingle hubs (439 lite rear, Son of Bubba front). These started life as Sun's Cyclocross wheelset. After 2000 miles and half a dozen broken spokes the rear rim started crack around the eyelets. At this point I took matters into my own hands are relaced the hubs with DT 14/15 spokes to the Velocity rims. The Deep V is very stiff and seems to hold true very well. The Aerohead is an older rim with the non-machined braking surface. The brake setup is a little touchy with the Aerohead as there is very little braking surface to work with. The machined Aeroheads look like they have a wider brake path which is something I wish I had....

Overall, I tend to go for hubs with cartridge bearings over cup and cone (ie-shimano) as I like the idea of simply pitching the bearings when they need replacement. I also like the MTB hubs as I think they take a little more abuse then road hubs (although people seem pretty happy with road hubs here). My rear dropouts are spaced for 135mm hubs which also leads to using MTB hubs...
re: poll: What wheels do you run for road/CXSJT
Mar 19, 2003 7:17 AM
Well I will be receiving my new CX wheels in a few days and this is what I got:

WTB Lazer Disc Lite hubs (relabled Am. Classic disc hubs)
Velocity Aerohead O/C Rims
Wheelsmith DB14/15 black spokes and nipples (brass)

Mike Garcia of just built them up for me this week. The bike that these will be going on isn't built yet, but hopefully I'll receive the frame by the end of April. After talking with Mike, we agreed the above wheels should be plenty good for my daily commute and occasional off-road rides, and should be strong enough to withstand the forces of disc brakes. I plan on running between 32-40ish mm tires on these rims. I'm hoping to find something that is decent for both on and off-road because this will be my only set of rims and I'd rather not have to take the tires off regularly. HOpe this helps.
Just one....Rolf VectorsMitch2
Mar 19, 2003 8:20 AM
Came on my first CX bike, a Trek XO1. Now on my Third CX frameset and the only original component from the first bike are the Rolfs & the RSX STI's. Pretty solid components. I weigh 198lbs and do a lot of offroad riding(till my injuries) and the darn thing is still holding up!I use the same tires for road/offroad. Sorry about the mess:)
Nice color on the Lobster...what tires?SJT
Mar 19, 2003 10:39 AM
I don't know if it's the angle of the picture, but those tires look like they are a little wide. Is it just an illusion? What tires are you running?
I think I have those tires...Steve_O
Mar 19, 2003 11:01 AM
Those look like Kenda Kross 700x35c tires. Here is what the tread looks like...

I have a pair and they are easy to pick out in a crowd by their reddish sidewalls. The tread is VERY similar to IRC Cross Country tires...
I think I have those tires...SJT
Mar 19, 2003 11:22 AM
Have you ridden them on the road much? I'm looking for a tire that is somewhat wide (35's would be good) that I can use for both on and off-road. Don't want to switch out tires.
Mar 19, 2003 2:19 PM
I use the tires for commuting but the daily ride has an option for 4 miles of singletrack which I hit on a regular basis. The profile of the tire is very round. It hooks up pretty good but the side knobs are a little lacking when you go to corner. The volume is great for the suspension effect. All-and-all they make a pretty nice (and relatively light) commuter tire for cheap.

NOW... the difficult part is that I don't believe Kenda makes this tire anymore. I go my pair on a Nashbar special sale last year and haven't seen them anywhere else. As an alternative I would check out IRC's Cross Country tire. Their tread design looks like it came out of the same mold! There's a guy on eBay that always has them cheap...

Here's the link

Good luck...
That's it Steve....Mitch2
Mar 19, 2003 9:58 PM
Kenda Cross I got on sale at Bike Nashbar. I actually prefer the IRC Vcross.
re:Mavic Classic SSC CeramicsRon L
Mar 19, 2003 1:12 PM
These wheels have direct pull spokes. The hubs, rims ceramic, and spokes are black.

They have been around for a few years and this is the last year for them.
2 setsDropTheHammer
Mar 19, 2003 3:58 PM
I have a set of Spinergy Spox tubulars I use for racing. I replaced the crappy pawl springs with beefier springs I got at the hardware store so they don't break again. Very nice forgiving ride on trails. For everyday use I have XT hubs laced to Open Pros with DT 14/15 DB 3 cross. They hold up well as long as I don't try to ride my cross bike like a mountainbike.
Mar 19, 2003 5:22 PM
road: Mavic Ksyrium SCC SL's, Campy Record/ 32 Mavic O/P Ceramics (3x Back, 2x front) rain wheels, Amrosio excellence/Campy Record 3x (Crit Wheels), Rolf Vector Comps (training bike)

CX Ultegra/Aerohead, Hugi 240 / Mavic OPCD, Ultegra/Rigida 500 Tubular all 32 spoke 3x.
I'm 230 and all wheels are doing fine. O/P's get knocked out of true in cx for me the easiest. when I destroy them, I'll rebuild with Aerohead front, Deep vee rear.
some thoughts from a Clydesdaleatpjunkie
Mar 19, 2003 5:39 PM
on my Ksyriums (as well as other radial laced wheels) I can flex the wheel laterally enough to get slight brake contact while hammering. I also feel this flex cornering on my roadie. the radial is stiff vertically but lacks some rigidity from lateral forces. When cornering the flex makes the bike feel as if it's pushing 'out' into the curve. My fave is the 2x front as it is a good compromise between both, the wheel is very stiff and corners like an animal.
My size 6'4.75" 230 with broad shoulders amplifies all things in handling etc... so I'm an exyreme example but it's good to set a max on the bar.
re:Mavic Classic SSC Ceramicsatpjunkie
Mar 19, 2003 6:38 PM
Nashbar has the tubular versions on sale right now in both Shimano and Campy
re: poll: What wheels do you run for road/CXjeremyb
Mar 21, 2003 12:08 AM
im riding with CXP21's laced onto ultegra hubs 32 spoke
My wheelsets...Dale Brigham
Mar 21, 2003 8:23 AM
For my two Rando/CX bikes (Kona Jake and Steelman EC525):

1) Mavic Open Pro, 36 h, DT 14 g, Shimano 105
Old faithful off-road and cross wheels

2) Mavic Open Pro, 32 h, DT 14 g, Shimano Ultegra
My usual road wheels for brevets and randonees

3) Mavic MA3, 36 h rear, 32 h front, DT 14 g, Shimano 105
Wheelset for the coming apocalypse = nuke-proof