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Shimano 540 for cyclocross?(2 posts)

Shimano 540 for cyclocross?bones
Feb 5, 2004 8:34 AM
Hi all,

I'm planning on commuting a bit this spring/summer/fall and want to do it on a cross bike. The commute has a bunch of good singletrack on it. I've decided on the Jake the Snake bike.

The options are a shimano 540 bladed wheelset or an ultegra/open pro set. Which would be more appropriate?

Also, double or triple for cross?

re: Shimano 540 for cyclocross?dreww
Feb 5, 2004 8:44 AM
540's arent bad but nothing special, the ultegras will be lighter, go for a CXP 33 instead of Open pros and increase strength and deeper rims help prevent picking up too much mud. As for lacing try :
Some interesting food for thought, I have used the 1 radial crows foot pattern for years and can honestly say its the best I have ever used, all the benifits of 3x plus stiffness of radial. + looks great too, definately a conversation starter.