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    New wheel, but what to get?

    I'm getting a replacement rim for a 50mm Gigantex tubular that was destroyed last summer. Shipping from my source is not cheap, so I'm thinking that I should get another rim, and build up another race wheel on the cheap.

    But, the dilemma lies in what to get, exactly. The list below details the wheels I currently own.

    Front:
    Mavic Ksyrium Elite
    Specialized/HED tri-spoke tubular
    Gigantex 50mm carbon tubular
    Wolber Profil 18 tubular with Vittoria Pave 24mm

    Rear:
    Mavic Ksyrium Elite
    PowerTap laced to Bontrager Classics clincher rim
    Specialized/HED tri-spoke tubular set up for track or SS time trial use
    Wolber Profil 18 tubular with Vittoria Pave 24mm

    So, the question is this:

    The company I'm buying from sells 19mm, 38mm and 50mm rims, in carbon tubular flavor. Aside from a disc, I have wheels for most every application. I plan on getting one 50mm rim to replace my previous wheel, plus one more rim; what rim depth should I get, and what should I use it for?
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    You should get two more Gigantex 50 mm clinchers, full carbon, and send them to me instead.
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    It looks like the hole in your lineup is a 50mm rear. Do you have a hub for it? Spoke count lines up with available rims?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    It looks like the hole in your lineup is a 50mm rear. Do you have a hub for it? Spoke count lines up with available rims?
    I'm getting a 50mm for the rear; but I feel it's wasteful to pay $50 in shipping, when it would cost me very little extra to get ANOTHER rim as well.

    I have the hub and spokes for it; the wheel was actually run over by a car and the carbon along the brake track was crushed. Spokes and hub are still in great shape.

    Basically, I'm getting a 50mm rear, plus another rim. But, what should I use that rim for? 38mm in conjunction with my front Wolber as a set of climbing wheels? 19mm for the front?
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    I'd say pick up an additional 50 - maybe dedicate it to cyclocross in the fall.

    ....but if not another 50 my first instinct was to say their 38. Using that for a climbing wheel would be nice.

    BTW - nice chatting with you at the TT today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    I'd say pick up an additional 50 - maybe dedicate it to cyclocross in the fall.

    ....but if not another 50 my first instinct was to say their 38. Using that for a climbing wheel would be nice.

    BTW - nice chatting with you at the TT today.
    Thanks, you too. How'd little Meatball enjoy his first "race"? I didn't see his finishing time or any of that, but the dude is JACKED.

    Made me feel like a ****** when he was warming up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
    Thanks, you too. How'd little Meatball enjoy his first "race"? I didn't see his finishing time or any of that, but the dude is JACKED.

    Made me feel like a ****** when he was warming up.
    He did well...I started a thread on it, but he laid down power numbers that were almost identical to mine and he's only been on the bike like 5-6 times in the last year or so....and never seriously before these last 5 or 6 times.

    He's determined to lose some weight (muscle really). He's going to rip some legs off in the lower ranks this year for sure.

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