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Carbon rims - yea or nay?(4 posts)

Carbon rims - yea or nay?mass_biker
Nov 11, 2002 6:14 AM
Any thoughts on handbuilt wheels using carbon rims? Thinking about those AmClassic carbon rims - seem to use standard parts but am concerned about longevity, performance in the wet, etc.

re: Carbon rims - yea or nay?CARBON110
Nov 11, 2002 6:20 AM
Most people I know who use carbon rims love them. Some are better than others. It seems zipp has a very good reputation with tubular rims. I know people who have been using 4 year old zipp rims andwould not trade them for anything. On the other hand, I spoke with zipp the other day, they received a "bad batch" of aluminum rim, like 7 miles worth, and this is due to 2002zipp wheels having issues. Outside that, if you can find a carbon rim that has an aluminum braking surface it might be better, especially if it rains alot where you live.Cane creek wheels are tip top, and very light.The best thing aboutzipp/c.creek as opposse to Bontrager, mavic, etc is the wheels are water tight. You dont want a wheel thats over 30mmthat sucks up water like a Carbone Cosmic or something. So, i my opinion , yes they are
Nov 11, 2002 8:17 AM
I have a pair of Zipp 303s. Since '01 they have been applying an special layer to the braking surface. This dramatically improves the wet weather performance. You can use normal pads but they do wear faster.

The carbon rims are crazy light and aero. It's like the best of both worlds. OTOH, my friend riding the same wheels cracked his in a pot hole. I was with him. It wasn't a nice sound and it was a costly mistake.

Keep in mind, the Am classic rims are actually made by Zipp. AC builds them with a lighter hub and different spokes.
Did ya see the Women's World Championships ?GreenFan
Nov 11, 2002 5:41 PM
I don't think I would use a carbon rim for everyday riding...possibly for raceday if I knew it was going to stay dry and if I could justify the expense...just my .02