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stockae92

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Looking into carbon wheel, any suggestion?
« on: March 13, 2017, 12:31:34 PM »
I am thinking about getting a carbon wheelset, here's what I am thinking ...

- prefer light weight over aero, maybe 35mm profile max
- going to put 25mm tires on it and hoping for wider rims
- i am a bit worried about braking performance on carbon rim though, especially on long descent

Any suggestion? Or owner opinion?

Thanks.



SportingGoods

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Re: Looking into carbon wheel, any suggestion?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 03:23:40 AM »
- prefer light weight over aero, maybe 35mm profile max
- going to put 25mm tires on it and hoping for wider rims
- i am a bit worried about braking performance on carbon rim though, especially on long descent
- It depends on your roads. I live in the Alps, so I've picked light (30 mm) over aero. First, light helps more then aero in a 12 km climb, then aero is scary in a 12 km descent at 90 km/h. Any cross-wind and it's ugly. If you live in a flat area, pick aero! 35 mm sounds a good light/aero value.
- 25 mm seems to be a good compromise between weight and comfort. I get 28 mm tubeless aluminum winter wheels and 23 mm tubular carbon mountain wheels. If I was to pick one universal wheelset, I'd select 25 mm tubeless.
- I'm a poor rider but I get close to the best riders in my area on the descents thanks to my disc brakes. And "best riders in my area" mean Pro riders (like Romain Bardet), or at least people you see in the magazines, not just a good club rider. I understand that going disc means a new bike, but I would not consider buying expensive wheels until moving to disc road bike.

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Re: Looking into carbon wheel, any suggestion?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 08:03:58 AM »
... I get 28 mm tubeless aluminum winter wheels and 23 mm tubular carbon mountain wheels. If I was to pick one universal wheelset, I'd select 25 mm tubeless...

What brand of tires do you use?

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Re: Looking into carbon wheel, any suggestion?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 08:52:51 AM »
I use only the best :D

It's a joke but tires are so important that I'm not cheap when it comes to my options. My 28 mm tubeless are Schwalbe Pro One (most likely the best available tubeless tire, until the offer of tubeless gets wider). My 23 mm tubulars are Vittoria Corsa CX III (not the most expensive, but still very good tubulars).