carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

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by BNA » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:56 pm

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby sogood » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:56 pm

Depends on the design of the CF wheel, it'll help or hinder in different ways. Low profile... Low weight. High profile... Aero. Hit a dog... Taco time.

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby Comedian » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:18 pm

sogood wrote:Depends on the design of the CF wheel, it'll help or hinder in different ways. Low profile... Low weight. High profile... Aero. Hit a dog... Taco time.



BAD DOG! :shock: :mrgreen:
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby The Womble » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:21 pm

What a good looking Labrador. Nice doggy
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby DanielS » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:45 am

Yes they are a bit quicker but I wouldn't bother with the expense unless you are racing and regularly coming close to winning. If you want a nice wheel upgrade, get some handbuilt wheels with a good alloy rim on nice hubs.
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby trek52 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:43 am

Can you eplain to me where you can get good alloy wheels built up that are less than the $650 for carbons ???

If you dont race dont bother but if you do get a nice set of 38 or 50mm carbon wheels, they are faster and stiffer than alloy wheels. I have been racing for 23 years and I can confirm 100% carbon wheels are faster !!!
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby celeste boy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:22 am

When I bought my first serious bike, friends said the best upgrades would be shoes and wheels. When I rode with Zonda (middle of the road campo) I couldn't believe the difference.
Have since ridden on carbon (Easton) wheels and what i notice is that when you get up a steady rhythm on a highway it seems effortless- it's not of course. I don't race but the carbaon wheels are a treat to ride on.

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby [email protected] » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:52 pm

celeste boy wrote:When I bought my first serious bike, friends said the best upgrades would be shoes and wheels. When I rode with Zonda (middle of the road campo) I couldn't believe the difference.
Have since ridden on carbon (Easton) wheels and what i notice is that when you get up a steady rhythm on a highway it seems effortless- it's not of course. I don't race but the carbaon wheels are a treat to ride on.

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sounds good definitly going to get a pair /i dont race but speed does mater.
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby ValleyForge » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:03 pm

Warranty, warranty, warranty.

I saw Reynolds wheels for sale in the UK with a "no questions asked" warranty that were an extra 200 pounds over the normal 75kg rider warranty. Always check the maximum rider weight allowed, and the "mandatory" service intervals. A few brands say to maintain the warranty you need them inspected and cleared by a local agent. My riding partner is on his fourth pair of Rovals under warranty. He puts out 75 watts more than I do and is mean to those wheels but the warranty back up is top-notch. I have a pair of Hyperon 2 Ultras and they are unbelievably good. BUT they are double the price of my DT-Swiss RR wheels, and not twice as good though.

But my Fiamme Ergal tubulars from 1982 are still the most beautiful wheels I have.
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby aeroslave » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:06 pm

My experience. If you are racing, Yes Reynolds and Zipps are worth it.

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby aeroslave » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:08 pm

My experience. If you are racing, Yes Reynolds and Zipps are worth it.

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby brendeng » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:48 pm

I have 2 sets of hand built wheels, 1 Alloy, 1 Full Carbon Clincher .... Same Hub and Spoke pattern for both sets ..... The Carbon set are faster for sure !!
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby chippa1968 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:26 pm

In answer to your question, 'hell yes' would be my initial response. I was in the same situation a while back and did a lot of research and all I say in regard to the Gravity Zero wheels is do your homework, read some of the forums and form your own opinion.
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby skull » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:01 pm

I got a set of flashpoints, they are pretty much zipps. Light and I could really feel the difference climbing when I got them.
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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby pawnii » Sun May 15, 2011 8:22 pm

The last wheels i would buy are from Gravity Zero. I've had nothing but trouble with them and so have many other people. The owner is a complete prick.

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Re: carbon wheels ? are they worth it?

Postby aeroslave » Wed May 18, 2011 3:00 pm

Pawnii...thats a shocker right there! Imagine someone telling you you shouldn't freewheel on a geared roadbike? :evil: Garvity Zero is a no go zone for me now!
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