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Climbing wheels.(10 posts)

Climbing wheels.Juanmoretime
Nov 19, 2002 9:32 AM
I'm looking to get a set of light weight wheels for climbing. I think I have it narrowed down to American Classic CR-350's or Velomax Accents. Anybody have any feedback regarding these two wheelsets or something else you might recommend? I'm about 170lbs and ride fairly fast paced although I'm not brutal on equipment. The roads I would be riding are not real terrible either.
re: Climbing wheels.CARBON110
Nov 19, 2002 10:06 AM
Although 170 isnt heavy.... you should go with Cane Creek cronos with Titanium spokes if you are that worried about weight and durability. Basic Cane Crek crono aero heads are great too. Stiff, durable, light, semi aero, wont break spokes like Ksyriums and pleasing to the eye. You will find Velomax and AC 350 flexy at your weight and you want all the power transsfer you can get. That would be my recommendation. Also, you can train and race on the Cane Creeks. Right now they have a deal going if you trade in any old wheelset they give you several $$ off a new one.
Ti spokes - has Cane Cr. fixed the problems?Kerry
Nov 19, 2002 6:03 PM
Ti spokes have a pretty poor reputation for reliability. Has Cane Creek somehow addressed this problem? There were several brands of Ti spokes on the market a few years ago and they all went away due to failures/durability problems. People were willing to pay the price, but they just didn't work out. Has CC established a reliability history on their Ti spokes that goes against this experience?
re: Climbing wheels.jw25
Nov 19, 2002 10:11 AM
Well, the idea behind climbing wheels is decreasing the total weight you have to haul up the hill. Stiffness, aerodynamics and long-term durability tend to suffer a bit.
If you want the lightest wheels, bar none, a light tubular rim laced with Revo or similar spokes, to ultralight hubs (I'm thinking Am. Classic, but there's a fairly good selection), and running some thin race tubies is about the best you'll do.
If you must have clinchers, I'd go with the Am. Classic CR-350's, running 24/28 spokes, and the lightest tires and tubes you feel comfortable with. The 350 rims are about the lightest clincher rims out there, and reliability seems good so far.
The major thing here is, when you go up, you eventually have to come down, too. Descending on ultralight wheels can get hairy, especially if they flex noticeably. Depending on the roads you ride, it might be good to sacrifice some ultimate weight for more spokes and/or beefier rims. Sorry there's no pat answer, or we'd all be riding the same equipment.
over priced and over-rated...merckx56
Nov 19, 2002 11:33 AM
Get a set of Open Pros built on Hugi hubs. Mine weigh 1460 grams and are bulletproof!
Question...PsyDoc
Nov 19, 2002 1:53 PM
How were the wheels built-up and who built them. I am looking for a new wheelset, but one that will be durable and cost effective. I spoke with Joe Young who highly recommends the Hugi hubs.
Same questions here (spoke pattern, spoke types, builder) -nmTig
Nov 19, 2002 6:03 PM
Mike Garcia @ oddsandendows. comskippy pinfish
Nov 19, 2002 8:36 PM
thats oddsandendos. com, no w nmcollinsc
Nov 19, 2002 11:58 PM
over priced and over-rated...road
Dec 15, 2002 3:25 PM
pls, specified 2x or 3x lacing config, spokes, 28h or 32h.
How much do you weight