I read the "open mold wide rims" thread but didn't find any thourough review of the rims (or wheels) actually used for hard road racing (well, besides two members and I PMed them).
Interested in you specific reviews.
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I've seen guys who don't race be harder on their equipment than mates who race. I've not experienced any situations when I've raced that have been any harder on equipment than I've encountered at some point out training. It's just sometimes a little more skewed by racing, as I don't commonly ride my race wheels or need to suddenly manoeuvre my bike at 60km/h.
Alos, there are plenty of reviews Louis. This one
was even just the thread below this
In the "wide profile rims" thread, there is a lot of information about the sources, models, profiles, weights, etc...but not much info on how the rims hold up to real life use.
As a volunteer mechanic, I take care of around 30 bikes from the local kids's club. You're right, I can confirm even if they don't "race hard", the younger kids break stuff more often than cadets do.
More precisely, "hard racing" would mean riding the main part of the ride mostly between 35-50 km/h, lots of braking (if you're an "average" in your pack, meaning you're mid-pack), fast cornering (lots of criterium races here), hard accelerations from attacks, counters, etc...
No, you don't have to have an official "licence" to fit as a serious racer. Heck, I consider myself a serious racer and almost never enter races
I also read prendrefeu's thread, wich gives me good details about general quality of some rims, but it's mostly targeting clincher rims, and thus a lot of talk around the brake tracks, what tubes to avoid, etc..
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Louis go for them in tubular or clincher form. I have had several to build with and all the ones I have had of goto bike have been perfectly round I really mean that as well at least as round as an HED or Archetype rim perhaps better.
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