There are time when in the bike industry new and improved tend to be more marketing then actual benefit. I had this feeling when looking at the new bunch of wide rims coming out. Okay maybe they are not that new. I was wrong.
I've been doing a lot of fixed gear training and as it evolves wanted to ramp it up. My rear wheel was a Handspun which was not light but had excellent bearing and spun very well and smooth but the hub was fixed/free and I needed to put a track cog on the other side if I wanted to start using my fixed gear bike for team rides and not wanting to get dropped on the way back in. I looked at a bunch of pre-built wheels and everything was way to heavy and for the money I decided to have a wheel built.
Here was my build:
An All City 32 hole 120mm fixed/fixed black bolt on hub, black DT Revolution spokes, H Son Plus Archtype rim with DT black alloy nipples. It came in at 890 grams 200 grams lighter than my Handspun wheel and at least 300 grams lighter that the pre-builts in the same price range. FWIW, All City are excellent track hubs and its the same hub my Handspun wheel has.
Well, the new tire went on pretty easy compared to using the same tires hat I use on narrow rims and there was not much playing with the tube to make sure it was not under the tire. So far so good. Also I really did not read about the claims of a wide rim until after the first time I rode it to either figure out I was nuts or to reconfirm my ride perceptions. So the tire did go on easier than a narrow rim validating that claim.
On to the ride:
As I rolled down my driveway several pings as the spokes settled in as any new build will do. I noticed a difference in the ride right away. I felt like I had so much more grip on the pavement. The wheel itself felt more responsive and stiff, it is laced 3 across. I just felt like more of the pedal stroke was resulting into moving the bike faster. cornering was much more solid and confidence inspiring.
So I guess I'm sold. Has anyone else experienced this too?
Now what to do about the front?