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What happened to all those fancy-schmancy wheels...?(6 posts)

What happened to all those fancy-schmancy wheels...?riney
Apr 12, 2002 6:03 PM
Seem as though those pertty, aired-spoked, carbon rimmed, zoot-ical coated, F.B.S hubbed wheels will be a staying at home for most of the spring classics. I have always been a fan of the old OP 32s on standard hubs for my every day Roubaix, (beer can and roadkill littered poorly paved cenrtal Texas back roads).

Just wondering if there are any others who just say no to the every day use of botique wheelsets. (I am a closet owner of a pair of sestries that only come out for the Wed. crits so please go easy ;)...)
'Em Fancy-schmancy wheelsliu02bhs
Apr 12, 2002 7:07 PM
That's why their are boutique wheels. I train on my crappy training wheels and race on my fancy-schmancy wheels too. First is because I have the Spinergy Spox. It's hard to true and hard to hard replacement spokes if I ever untrue the wheel or break the spoke. Although I do switch out my wheels once in awhile. Yeah Texas farm roads are pretty shlitty. Thank god for Memorial Park, although it gets kinda boring riding the same course over and over.
'Em Fancy-schmancy wheelsweiwentg
Apr 13, 2002 5:52 AM
my cane creek aeroheads have come through training on MI's rough roads and 2 crashes. they're light, fast, and fancy-schmancy. :P
you need to get the right botique wheels. Spox is, by report, finicky. Sestrieres are, by report, fragile and noodly.
'Em Fancy-schmancy wheelsJekyll
Apr 13, 2002 9:23 AM
So long as the boutique wheels are Ksyriums you see quite a few on training rides (like 2/3 of the riders on our group rides). I ride my K's 90% of the time and toss my Rev-X's on for TT work.
I have a set of built wheels which are my just in case and trainer wheels.
So far as in the early classics - from what I saw there were quite a few sets of K's in the races I've seen on OLN. We'll see what they ride tomorrow in the Paris-Roubaix - probably as good a test of wheels as anything else out there.
They are paid to ride itliu02bhs
Apr 13, 2002 4:31 PM
Of course they are riding boutique wheels in the classics. They are pros, they are paid to ride it, plus it's free for them. If they break it, they'll just get another one.
Apr 13, 2002 6:59 PM
What's your point - the original post asked about riding boutique wheels on training rides or saving them for race day and about not seeing that many in early races. The was what I replied to - so what's your point?
Someone probably gets paid to ride every part on your bike as well - does that make your frame/component/wheel choices invalid? Do you drag out a Huffy for training rides to save your nice bike?
My K's have held up better than any other pair of wheels I've owned (with the exception of Rev-X's). I see guys racing them in CC races as well. Is it so hard to believe that they may hold up better than the gospel D/A/Record with OP and may even be chosen as such? The same people that pay riders to ride K's pay for them to ride open pros by the way.