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Wheels for my new cross rig(10 posts)

Wheels for my new cross rigcross bro
Sep 5, 2003 2:49 AM
Settin up my Ridley Supercross for new racing season.
What sub $250 wheel set would you guys recommend for a 170lb mud plugger.
re: Wheels for my new cross rigcxfan
Sep 5, 2003 7:59 AM
Mavic Cosmos--since you can get them in a Campy freehub body now.
re: Wheels for my new cross rigflyweight
Sep 5, 2003 8:08 AM
If you're running 9 speed it really doesn't matter if you use Campy or Shimano. The two are perfectly interchangeable. I have Campy Ergo shifters/derailleurs on one bike that uses a Shimano cassette. My road bike has DuraAce shifters/derailleurs but uses a Campy Chorus cassette. Personally, I like using the Shimano cassettes for cross because they come in a 27t low gear versus Campy's 26t (need all the help I can get!)
re: Wheels for my new cross rigOffroadnut
Sep 5, 2003 9:33 AM
I went with Colorado Cyclist - Velocity Rims, Ultegra Hubs, hand built to my cross needs. All for just over $200.00 a set.
re: smart choicerichpierce
Sep 5, 2003 9:51 AM
For cross, I always want something I can rebuild or true quickly- standard stuff, not something that has to go to the LBS and sit there while they wait for funky spokes or rims etc.

velocity rims are strong. I have a pair on my MTB (aeroheat) on American Classic hubs that lasted 4 seasons racing w/o a single busted spoke or serious need for truing.
re: smart choiceMShaw
Sep 8, 2003 10:30 AM
I went with the Velocity Fusions (tubulars) for my rear race wheel.

I ended up with a pair of almost free Mach2CD2s, built up the wheels, and found out that the rear rim was worked. I kept the front built with the Mach2CD2 and it is great, so now I have an extra rim in case a rock reaches out and grabs my rim.

From my experiences with Velocity rims, you can't go wrong with them. An alternative (if you can find them) are the Ritchey aero rims. I have a pair of them on my road bike and they're light but strong too.

re: ritchey aero rims/brake pad angle/some brakesrichpierce
Sep 9, 2003 1:52 PM
I like the Ritchey aeros and raced one on the rear all last season. it wore out brake pads quickly because I had trouble getting the brake pad stem perpendicular to the rim braking surface using a Radius brakeset. I switched to regular old skool Shimano cantis, pre-1994, (which work great set up right) to get a better angle and problem was solved.
So a CX tire fits that rim?pitt83
Sep 5, 2003 10:39 AM
I use those on the road and love them. I'm mentally piecing out a CX bike (Soma frame, Truvativ cranks, bar end shifters, others). I waanted Velocity rims on XT disc hubs. Possible? I bought my Velocity / Ulterags from CC and love those wheels. If I could go disc (cabled Avid, not hydraulic) on the Soma, I'd love that set-up.
So a CX tire fits that rim?atpjunkie
Sep 8, 2003 12:35 PM
yup but the deep vees are very narrow. IMHO stick to the fusions or Aeroheads if you plan on running bigger cx tires 32+++
Sep 8, 2003 4:23 PM
I have Aeroheads on my road ride and my FS MTB (Aeroheat). Love the rock solid performance. Can't bust 'em. Now, if I can convince colorado cyclist to build them onto a disc hub?