If you plan on going up you have to come back down. As a cat. 2 racer, Idk too many races that are point to point and finish on top of a Mountain. So.... going down on carbon. I don't fear catastrophic results descending on carbon. I have own(ed) many carbon wheels and trust them all, BUT! Carbon wheels suck in the braking department, we all know this, we all down play it, we all talk about the new technology and the improvements... But seriously they suck, and do not inspire confidence.
Now that that is dealt with, hopefully, I have searched high and low for all the info on tubular rims and found only a few in the right weight range. The velocity escape, ambrosio crono f20 and the DSR 299??? In fact the last one was very briefly referenced in a 2 year
old thread and I can find very little info on these rims.
My goals for this wheelset are to be light (<1300g), stiff(ish) and cheap (hence the hub choices).
I made a little wheel weight calc in excel and made a few builds. I would like some feedback and if there are any other options out there please enlighten me.
Edit: 75kg fatboy I is
My opinion on saving 100 - 150 grams of weights on wheel to me is not the way I'd do. I have a kinlin XR200 laced to Campag Record hubs. The idea of that built is not to have light wheelset (obviously) but to have a decent wheel with decent hub without being a boat anchor and with the cost that wont break the bank.
I cant say I'm truely happy with that built as I think the XR200 is too light and wont accomodate to my weight (72kg-75kg). Felt some flexes and had to go to the truing stand after 1500km. But I have to mention that I abuse this wheels: potholes, humps and bumps, everything.
If I were to do it again, i'd definitely get the XR270 or the Archetypes or the Pacenti SL23 - if the bank allows it.
My point is, saving 100 -150grams on wheel is unreasonable. The benefits you get (sturdy and stronger wheels, reliability) will out weigh the weight penalty. Get the Nemesis.
1) You can't go wrong with bikehubstore. Great service and great prices.
2) I recommend you look at the Dati hubset. I have built a set of wheels with them, and they are quite great. They are light, engage quickly, and sound like somewhat Chris King hubs, which is the most important part isn't it
synthesis wrote:Ambrosio Nemesis rims would be my recommendation. Light and stiff.
As awesome as the Nemesis rims are, they are definitely not light.
The last two I weighed were well over 450 grams.
FWIW lately the Cronos aren't as light as TS assumes either, so I'd sacrifice 40-50 grams by using Montreals instead, and put the extra money in better hubs.
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