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ceramic rims for cross?crosstrained
Sep 9, 2003 4:56 AM
im thinking about using a set of mavic ceramic open pro rims on my new cross bike. anyone have any experience with these?
any input would be appreciated,as im new to this.
re: ceramic rims for cross?flyweight
Sep 9, 2003 11:57 AM
I had ceramic rims on my old Classic Pro wheels. They're nice but I honestly don't think they're worth the extra $20-25 per rim.
re: ceramic rims for cross?MShaw
Sep 9, 2003 1:37 PM
First rock or root, and whoops, there go your ceramic rims...

I know that there are a bunch of guys out there riding ceramic wheelsets off road, but I've never thought the extra expense was worth it. I've had too many taco'd wheels off road to go super expensive.

If you're getting a deal on the rims and they're cheaper than the regular alternatives, then by all means, go for it!

re: ceramic rims for cross?atpjunkie
Sep 9, 2003 1:43 PM
with proper pads they do improve wet braking. I had a set but now they are my rainy day road wheels
go for itmorati
Sep 9, 2003 3:04 PM
Have used the tubular version of these (called the Reflex) for two seasons now and they have not let me down. Vastly improved wet weather braking! If you live where it never rains then go for the regular non-ceramic Open Pro and save yourself the bucks. Good Luck.
re: ceramic rims for cross?dlbcx
Sep 10, 2003 8:26 AM
I guess if you are going to use the ceramic rims for commuting, light trail riding or road riding then the rims makes sense. However, for racing cross, there is a chance that a crash will damage the rims so using standard rims might be the better choice. Having a super braking surface isn't as important as having a rim that you can afford to crash.
in all due respectatpjunkie
Sep 10, 2003 12:57 PM
to the disc worshipers out there. braking is highly over rated for cx.
In race situations Canti's and reg. rims are fine. If there's a lot of rain get the ceramics, or just save the $$. Personally I'd rather have a veed rim for strength and mud shedding. It's why my ceramics are now road wheels
re: ceramic rims for cross?morati
Sep 10, 2003 2:12 PM
I hear you but my argument is this: I don't use my brakes to stop during a race but rather for control, especially slowing from 20mph for an 18inch barricade in the rain. I want to know that when I feather the brakes that I'm going to get a response. Coming from a MTB background I can tell you that mud on the braking surface is going to take a couple of revolutions to clean off before you get consistant stopping power. The ceramics just give more consistant braking under foul conditions. Cost be damned, my physical well being is my main concern. If you live in Arizona or California you're probably not going to need them, however if in West Virginia.....or Ontario...
I agreeatpjunkie
Sep 10, 2003 4:08 PM
that is why I suggested ceramics. I just think disc is overkill for cross. I come from an MTB bckgrnd as well (and run discs) but good cantis and rims do well enough to slow me down (and I'm 200 lb plus) on a cross course wet or dry. in cx it's all about slowing, not stopping IMHO and yours. I think cerams and cantis are fine for wet racing. if your cx is a trail bike then yes use discs but for racing it's too much
Well put....morati
Sep 10, 2003 4:31 PM
just the point I was trying to make
re: ceramic rims for cross?dlbcx
Sep 11, 2003 9:25 AM
I guess ceramics do make sense for foul conditions. We do get mud here in Norcal so I do understand what mud does to the braking. But, with some jungle cross races that we have here (like the dump, the dead cow race, etc.) I wouldn't use them because I know I will crunch them. Speaking of the dump race, gotta go check to see if my tetanus series is up to date.