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Get ready for super light ! Carbon clincher rims 2004(8 posts)

Get ready for super light ! Carbon clincher rims 2004CARBON110
Sep 28, 2003 5:35 AM
Not sure how many of you know this but the followinghave produced CF clincher wheelsets with CF braking surface for unreal light weight.

Bontrager: XXX clincher
FIR: Low profile carbon Clincher
Reynolds: Low profile Carbon clincher
The hypereon carbon clincher from Campy

My guess is that this spring you will see alot of CF wheelsets weighing in from 1200grams-1400grams. I will be highly impressed if they can break 1250grams. I thnk by mid to late 2004 we will start seeing deep V aero carbon clincher wheels as well. I will be first in line for the Bontragers or Reynolds but I still will hold on to many of my Aluiminum wheels for those not so perfect days :)
I don't get the point.swvegg
Sep 28, 2003 5:42 AM
I mean tubulars are will still be lighter.
I don't get the point.andre71144
Sep 28, 2003 6:03 AM
the point is another new gotta have thingie to rake in more money. just my opinion
The benifit.....CARBON110
Sep 28, 2003 7:10 AM
Is that they have less rotational weight and handle better then MOST clinchers. However, getting rid of an aluminum braking surface will decrease the rotational weight and even increase stiffness. Its also about the industry going forward to explore the next step. The next step isnt always about money...but usually :)

People have wanted clincher carbon surface wheels for years. With clincher tires also taking the next step they are only to get better themselves. Tubulars have less and less advantage over clincher wheels in 2004. In addition to this, Bike shows are all about ""the next step"" Good Carbon is lighter,stronger,stiffer and more comfortable then aluminum FUll STOP. It only makes sense to explore its limitations in every area of the sport. Hopefully aluminum brake surface wheels will become more afforadable
The benifit.....andre71144
Sep 28, 2003 10:47 AM
i agree with you if i had the extra bucks i'd spring for a set too. It's something i could do with out but it's nice to have the next gadget
the next set will be disc specific road wheels and bikescyclist of all trades
Sep 28, 2003 4:17 PM
A carbon clincher rim could be built much more intelligently w/o having to consider braking surfaces as a neccesity. you will also be able to better aerodynamics into the fork and give yourself a much more consistent feel to the brakes.
agreed and.....(more)scrublover
Sep 28, 2003 8:49 PM
people say disc is too heavy and more braking power than you have traction for. so you have a smaller rotor, say a 125mm in front and a 100mm in the rear, giving you still plenty of power/modulation for the traction and speed involved. meaning a smaller caliper can be used. so you have overall less wight. and the wheels don't need to be bomber heavy. you could do it now with only a small penalty in terms of wieght. it't only going to get better.

hhmmm, i've got a 29" mtb disc fork i could try on the roadie with some avid mech discs.....
Hydraulics and STI would be very difficult -BowWow
Sep 28, 2003 9:09 PM
But the Avid mechs are as good as the best hydraulics, even better than many! I'd welcome the move to disk brakes and the accompanying reduction in distall rotating weight. And perhaps a 110 in the front would be sufficient... And the need for robustness required by the MTB environment doesn't exist on the road, so strong/light calipers would be easy. The weight penalty (if any) would be close to the hub, where it matters much less. BRING IT ON!!! All-carbon clinchers with gossamer light/monkey strong disk brakes - YEAH, BABY!!!!