I emailed SMART (customer service person) back and forth a few times, asking for quotes on a few different rims and wheels. I decided on 20mm lightweight tubular (claimed 240 +- 10 g). I ordered them on friday afternoon. Rims were $130 us each $75 shipping. $315 total for 2 rims shipped. They sent me a tracking number for EMS and I followed them to a sorting center in NY. After they got there, the tracking ended. All said and done the rims showed up on Tuesday.
I weighed both of them on a semi accurate kitchen scale. The set weighed in at 482 grams. RIGHT on target. I built them up 20/24 hole with Bikehubstore superlight hubs (79 front 205 rear) which were also right on weight target. Built up with Wheelsmith DB spokes by myself, they weigh in at 1032 grams. Hubs were $105 shipped from Brandon. I was hoping that they would get in under 1000 grams, Maybe I will rebuild with Sapim CX Rays or super spokes at some point.
They come without spoke eyelets but they include plenty of spoke washers. However, I dropped some on the floor and found that washers I had from other wheels were to big to fit in the holes.
I have ridden them a couple times, racing and riding cross. I used Bontrager cork pads and they stop very well considering the UD braking surface with no basalt or anything.
The rims have a very deep V troughs for mounting tires. I found that this allows tires to glue straight much more easily.
Overall very pleased with my experience and excited to put some miles in with road and CX tires. Already considering more carbon rims from them.
Will post pics probably later today. No Scale pics unfortunately, they are currently glues up with Zipp Tangente 21mm front and vittoria corsa EVO CX 23mm rear.
My 50mm tubulars ended up weighing 1207g and they cost about $550 with shipping included. Built up with Bitex hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes.
Rode them for the first time this morning very briefly so I don't want to make any observations yet until I've put more miles on them but so far they feel good and braking is quite good as well. They're also beautiful. Very nice finish and I can't say enough about the customer service from Bella at Farsports.
Here they are on my build:
The tubulars I bought from FS were the FSC50-TM 50mm tubular wheels according to my correspondence with Bella.
And my weight is 155lb.
Just got back from a night ride with these and MAN, they are awesome. So much stiffer than my kinlin XR200 wheelset I had built up. They absolutely fly and feel great. Also my first time on tubulars so everything was feeling good.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88115232@N ... otostream/
I did rode them a couple of times and found them quite good.
Round is a plus for wheels.
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