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Cane Creek or "Conventional" Wheel Set Up?(2 posts)

Cane Creek or "Conventional" Wheel Set Up?Scummer
Apr 4, 2003 10:19 AM
I'm looking for a new set of road wheels and see a great buy on Cane Creeks at I need some advice.

I ride mainly centuries and might try a brevet series this year. I might do a TT, but I'm no racer. I ride a Litespeed Classic, am 46 yrs. old, 6'1" and 175 lbs.

I understand the Cane Creeks are great wheels, but I'm concerned, will they hold up well, and what happens if I pop a spoke "out in the middle of nowhere", are they easy to true up, etc.

Or, would I be better off with my current Aeroheads/Ultegra hub setup? They have proven to be quite durable.

Thanks for the advice.
re: Cane Creek or "Conventional" Wheel Set Up?russw19
Apr 4, 2003 10:35 AM
As for durability, I am about 200 lbs. I am a big strong sprinter type, and I rode a set of Cane Creeks for a year. I never had a single problem with them. They never came out of true for me. I also work in a shop and had a customer break a spoke from getting a stick caught in it on a rails to trails trail. The nipples Cane Creek uses is a nylock nipple, so it takes a little bit of time to true them once you have the threads hit the nylock part of the nipple. It's like a nylock nut on a standard bolt. Once you hit the plastic part, it gets slower. However Cane Creek gives a special spoke wrench to fit in the hub and it's well designed. I would say it's maybe 33% slower to replace a spoke in thier wheels than any other wheels, but certainly no harder. In fact not having to lace the spoke thru the hub (on a rear wheel on the road with a cassette in place) this is a huge advantage.

I am a big advocate of these wheels, so it should be no big surprise to anyone on this board when I say this, but I recommend those wheels every chance I get. They are that good.