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Tubular wheelset recommendation?(7 posts)

Tubular wheelset recommendation?cbass
Dec 23, 2003 7:49 AM
Can anyone recommend a good tubular wheelset for 'Cross?
need more infoanaerobic Max
Dec 23, 2003 7:56 AM
what price? what's your weight? riding skills? intended use (racing/touring/etc.)

I mean, i could recommend lightwheight wheels for 3000 € or am classic 350 wheelsets but if you are prone to hitting rocks or roots, i'd rather go for some custom wheelsets such as am classic hubs w/ revolution spokes and mavic reflex rims. easy replacement, fairly light and not very expensive.
need more infocbass
Dec 23, 2003 9:58 AM
height/wt: 6'1" 180 lbs
price: preferably under $400
intended use: racing & trail riding

I have good technical skills, however it's impossible to avoid every root and rock out there so something that can take a little abuse would be best.
need more infoanaerobic Max
Dec 23, 2003 11:58 AM
I'm 174 (5'8" ??) cm/64 kg (140 lbs?) and run American Classic hubs on Mavic Open Pros, alloy nipples and DT revolution spokes (2.0 - 1.5 - 2.0 mm), and radial lacing in the front. regular price was 290 € and they came in at 1408g. great deal IMHO....mine have taken very serious abuse, including rocky MTB trails w/ lots of roots etc. w/o problems.
BTW: i ride 29 mm wide vredestein campo tires with 4 / 4,2 bar

I suggest you go for pretty the same wheelset, w/ Mavic Reflex rims instead of the OPs. the reflex rims basically are a tubie-version of the OPs. Considering your weight, i would opt for a 3 cross pattern front & rear and DT Competition spokes (2.0 - 1.8 - 2.0). should weigh somewhere around 1460g.
IMO aero-rims arent worth the dough, as you're way too slow to benefit from the shape. rather save weight and feel the difference any time you accelerate.
correction: should weigh around 1400ganaerobic Max
Dec 23, 2003 12:00 PM
reflex rims are lighter than the open pros
need more infoMShaw
Dec 24, 2003 1:38 PM
I used Velocity Escape tubular rims instead of Reflex rims and XTR hubs I picked up cheap. Otherwise, run whatcha can find...

There was a great deal on a tubular wheelset on rec.bicycles.marketplace a week or so ago. I'd surf on over to and check out the classifieds there too. Since tubular wheelsets are being orphaned, you can pick up a lightly used set for dirt cheap!

That help?

need more infoatpjunkie
Dec 30, 2003 11:10 PM
have Rigida SHC 500's (ebay 40 bones for a pair) laced 3x to Ultegra Hubs. Slight Vee, light a tad narrow (19 and change) but hold my 34 Tufos. Prefer vee for strength and mud shedding, plus a great rudder in sand and slop. Escape is a great choice as well.