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russw19-wheels(2 posts)

Nov 23, 2003 8:15 PM
You mentioned earlier this year that you were building a new wheelset, and were considering IRD rims. Did you use them? Why or why not? If so, how are they working. If not, what did you use? What are the weights on the IRD rims. One site I saw said that a set of IRD Cadence wheels, with Dura Ace hubs, weighed just under 1600g. I calculate Open Pros with the same hubs at about 1800g. Are my figures far off?Thanks.
re: russw19-wheelsrussw19
Nov 24, 2003 11:11 AM
I haven't built the wheels yet.. and I probably won't until the spring. I am also up in the air as to use the IRD Cadence or try out the new DT RR 1.1 rims. I like DT's stuff, but I also like IRD's stuff. I work in a shop so I may just try to see what I can get from the reps and go with the freebie or the cheaper rim... one of the luxuries that offset the lack of pay...

The IRD rim is pretty acurate to the claimed weight of 390 grams on their website, but an open pro tends to vary from like 425 to 430 grams, so you may save 70 to 80 grams for the pair, but not 200. If you use the right spokes and nipples with a proper spoke count and lacing pattern, you may get to the 1600 gram range. I would say if you are trying to get that light, either use Revolution spokes or my personal favorites, Sapim CX-Rays. Go 28 hole and 2 cross. That should yield a solid yet still light wheelset.