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Paging velocity...lonefrontranger
Jan 27, 2004 7:31 PM
Here's the link to my "Crit Bike Recipe" post. It was in the midst of a thread on similar topic:

lonefrontranger "Crit bike weight - does it make a difference?" 1/26/04 5:56pm
thanks for locating the crit bike recipe!velocity
Jan 28, 2004 8:12 AM
More great advice from lfr!

Just one question: what do you mean by "box rim clinchers?"
box-rims = not deep-section.jw25
Jan 28, 2004 12:28 PM
Think Open Pro, Velocity Aerohead (not exactly box, but not deep, and strong as heck), Ambrosio Excellence/Excellight. Box-section refers to the shape of the extrusion, so a cross-section of the rim would look like a square, as opposed to a Velocity Deep-V, which looks like, well, a V.
Crits tend to involve a lot of braking into corners and accelerating out of them, as well as riding in a tight pack. Both of these factors suggest a lighter wheel with less sail area. Light uses less energy to accelerate back up, and 4 corners times 20 laps or more means it all adds up. Shallower won't blow you around as much in a crosswind, and anything that helps your stability in a crit is a good thing.
I'd recommend the gold standard, 14/15 or 14/16 spokes, laced 3x. You don't want flexy wheels here, and when you do crash, the 14g spokes are somewhat more resistant to damage. Still, have a spare pair in the wheel pit, anyway.