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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:42 pm 
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Any feelings on the American Classic CR-420s? Should be more aero than most relatively lightweight alu clinchers.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:14 am 
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stripes wrote:
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No PowerTap needed as I'm considering a Stages
Looks pretty :D
Budget ~$1k USD would be nice but if < $2k can get me something arguably nicer I'd consider it


Although not the lightest rim, I think the Pacenti SL23 is the all around performance leader. With an Alchemy front hub, DT240 rear and CX-Rays you'd be looking at ~1420g and a little over $1k.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:19 am 
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supermidget wrote:
Any feelings on the American Classic CR-420s? Should be more aero than most relatively lightweight alu clinchers.


I'd pass. Super narrow and the profile looks like it's lacking in aerodynamics (shape seems to matter more than pure height). I'd guess that the Pacenti SL 23, Kinlin 279, or Flo 30 would all beat that rim. For the $800 the 420's sell for I'd pick a rim and lace it to some nice white industry hubs.


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WMW wrote:
stripes wrote:
11-speed compatible
Lightweight
No PowerTap needed as I'm considering a Stages
Looks pretty :D
Budget ~$1k USD would be nice but if < $2k can get me something arguably nicer I'd consider it


Although not the lightest rim, I think the Pacenti SL23 is the all around performance leader. With an Alchemy front hub, DT240 rear and CX-Rays you'd be looking at ~1420g and a little over $1k.


Out of curiosity, what's the reason for the different hubs?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:10 am 
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Any feelings on the American Classic CR-420s? Should be more aero than most relatively lightweight alu clinchers.

I ran a handbuilt set of the older, black 420s for a few years. Got the parts for a steal, had a set built with AC hubs and 18/24 spokes in traditional radial/2x lacing. They are not bad wheels if you get a good price. Certainly felt very fast and snappy. The asking price is quite high for what they are, though.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:16 pm 
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stripes wrote:
Out of curiosity, what's the reason for the different hubs?


The Alchemy OrcUL isn't available. The two I picked are good for price-weight-reliability, if you are ok with black. You could also look at Tune, but QC seems to have been spotty lately.

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