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Question for user Carbon110.(6 posts)

Question for user Carbon110.doctorbarth
Aug 6, 2003 3:59 PM
You seem to have posted the majority of answers concerning carbon wheelsets. I posted a message recently about the '03 Cane Creek aeros, and was wondering if you had any feedback. I've also looked into Corima, Ambrosio, Hed Alps, and a brand called "Navigator" produced for Terry Dolan. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!
re: Question for user Carbon110.doctorbarth
Aug 6, 2003 4:29 PM
I apologize...you don't have to be carbon110 to give me any feedback. Thanks!
My pleasure :)CARBON110
Aug 6, 2003 7:39 PM
Thanks for asking....its one of my favorite bike subjects cause I am obsessed with wheels...for whatever reason. I like the Aros and I am sponsered by Cane creek. I think they are light and fast with good acceleration HOWEVER, my coach has recked 2 pair, and a friend of mine trashed his pair too. We were a little taken aback by this since in the past 2000-2002 AROS wheels are indestructable. I have a pair of the old 2001 Aros and love them. So comparing them to the above wheels I would say this: Corima are not great wheels..at least the ones I had were not. Fast and cool but go out of true and are heavy..relatively. Forget Ambrosio and Red Rose Imports all together, you will be saving yourself a big headache. The problem with these two wheel manufactuers (Ambrosio/Corima) are that if one breaks you wont see it for 4+months. Cane crek can replace/rebuild your wheels fast and have good service. Hed I think are great wheels and if you do not have alot of patience would suggest them over Zipps ONLY cause you dont need valve extenders.
Zipp 303s are the best performance wheels I have ever ridden and the most easy to maintain. The 404s are faster but as far as flats go 303s are fun. The 404s will add2+mph on flat roads regardless of wind...and I imagine Hed will too. Thats if you want clinchers. If you want Tubulars then you really cant go wrong. I think the Bontrager carbon are easier to handle in winds but the cane creek aros and zipp are faster and good for TTs and races...but if there is alot of wind in a big field you might reconsider. Dont know anything about Tom Dolan except the ads I see. They look nice but you can find a larger company like zipp,cc or Hed that will be perhaps more user friendly and have more experience in building wheels. If you live in the south east you can try my wheels out for yourself :) Let me know what you decide and how you like them. I just got a new pair of Rolf Elan wheels arrived today....let you know what they are like...lightest clinchers in the world
My pleasure :)doctorbarth
Aug 7, 2003 6:38 AM
Thank you soooo very much! With so many choices, I want to make sure that it's the right one. I'm putting these on a ti Seven Axiom and live in SC, so rolling flats is the terain of choice. Some info on the Navigators-they weigh in at 1250g and cost around $1150, making them about 150g heavier then the 303's and $200 less. Heard good things about them. I see a lot of tri guys on the Hed alps, but just have not ridden any. As far as the CC; there is a pair of zipp 540's(I believe) on ebay that have CC stickers on themfor $625-I just don't know much about the 540's. I like the CC company, small with a great product and fantastic costomer service. I'm sure in the end I could not go wrong with any of the four mentioned, but like I said, seeing as how you've ridden most of them, I value your opinion. Thanks again.
Where in SC?CARBON110
Aug 7, 2003 7:59 AM
I am in Asheville. So if you want you can try my Zipp 404s or Cane creek tubulars out. See how they feel for yourself. If you live near Greenville we could just use one of the sping race courses...like Donaldson center for flat or something else to see how the react on hills.
Where in SC?doctorbarth
Aug 7, 2003 9:05 AM
I'm in the mecca they call Florence. Perhaps a ride in September? If you don't mind, contact me at doctorbarth@hotmail.com. Thanks again!