Hi CarbonSports, could you possibly answer the question I put concerning your website details? I bought my wheels based on this and it seems that the information is incorrect regarding the Standard C rear hub...
Lightweight Standard C - "all rear wheels with DT Swiss 190 rear hubs" Hmm, no mention of steel or even "190s"!
Obermeyer - "all rear wheels with DT Swiss 190 ceramic rear hubs" Should maybe be a warning 'not ideal for all day riding'?
Standard - "all rear wheels with DT Swiss 240s rear hubs" Interesting why 240 not 190 to save weight? Is this a cost decision?
Ventoux - "all rear wheels with DT Swiss 240 or 190 rear hubs (Ventoux 240 or Ventoux 190)" 190 ceramic or steel? ideal for all day riding?
As stated before we will try to communicate more clearly in future. For us it was not obvious that "190s" could lead you to ceramic
bearings, as on the DT website there are only a "190 ceramic
" and a "240s".Ceramic
bearings - in our opinion - are not the best choice to be used in bicycles: they like best high rpm, clean environment, the can resist high temperatures, they really don't like impacts. Very often ceramic
bearings are damaged during mounting them!
Most steel bearings are less sensible - and they cost only a fraction of ceramic
Summing up I would say that steel bearings are the best choice if you want a wheel that is "advantageous" - not too sensible under bad conditions, not too expensive if you have to service it.
If you want the optimum in weight and something a bit "extravagant" then go into Ventoux 190 or Obermayer.
But... the wheels we are talking about here are the Lightweight Standard
C, right? There are no "Obermayer" C... so we were trying to make the C as light as possible and so we used a rear hub based on DT's 190 ceramic
. But as they still should be affordable without limiting durability etc we decided to use steel- instead of ceramic
And - last but not least - please stop measuring each word coming from me... I'm no native speaker and so I only can try to do my best to answer your questions.
Andreas Schiwy, CarbonSports GmbHhttp://www.lightweight.info