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Open Pro vs. CXP 33(5 posts)

Open Pro vs. CXP 33DKD17
Apr 5, 2001 11:09 AM
What are the differences, both positive and negative. I am 180 pounds, would one be better than the other. Does one cost more? Local bike shop seems to be pushing the open pros.
re: Open Pro vs. CXP 33Bruno S
Apr 5, 2001 11:28 AM
Open pros are the work horse of rims. They are used at every level and on many new bikes. They are also use to make boutique wheels. They are lighter than the CXP 33 and cheaper. Some models maybe more expensive because they are anodized or have a ceramic coating in the breaking surface. The CXP 33 have a deeper more aero profile. You can't go wrong with either one. I would go with the open pros, I weight 177 and seem to be indestructible.
re: Open Pro vs. CXP 33Haiku d'état
Apr 5, 2001 11:41 AM
on my new bike (arrived yesterday, woo hoo hoo hee haa hooo hoodey) had a choice between the default cxp21, upgrade to open pro, or cxp33. i checked around town and also did my research, and the resounding response (i weigh 195-198 these days) was cxp33.

I did not notice a substantial weight increase, and i have the cxp21 rims on my other bike, and both setups are virtually the same. i had problems with the 21 rear, and have also popped spokes on older bikes. can't report on the durability of the 33s yet, but within a few weeks, we'll surely see.

good luck.
I have bothbk in chula vista
Apr 5, 2001 1:54 PM
I use both sets to train/race on. The CXP33's are slightly heavier, but more aero. I use them in crits, or races where there isn't a lot of climbing. Due to their taller cross section, they are more affected in high wind conditions than the open pros. They are also a stiffer rim than the open pros, and slightly more expensive. The open pros are an excellent all around rim, and better for climbing than the CXP's. They are more compliant and offer a slightly better ride quality IMHO. Both rims have machined braking surfaces and are welded at the joint, rather than just pined (sp?). I like both sets, but if I could own only one set of wheels, it would be the open pros.
have had bothColnagoFE
Apr 6, 2001 1:13 PM
and the cxp33s are much more durable than my op's were. i used to break spokes going over railroad tracks and potholes but the cxp33s seem indfestructable. i also weigh about 195 so if you're lighter than op's might be a better choice as they are lighter. for racing i might go for something a bit lighter like a nucleon but for all-around training these are great wheels. I had them built 32 front/36 rear w brass and 3x. bombproof and not all that heavy IMHO.