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Old 05-25-09, 06:48 AM   #1
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Disc on a budget--installed a Wheelbuilder.com disc cover...

Looks pretty nice. Installation was fairly simple--as long as you remember to serially tighten all the screws as you go, the cover centers itself pretty nicely on the wheel.

Wheelbuilder.com did a nice job pre-cutting for this wheel--a Reynolds Solitude.

It's a little involved because you have to remove the cassette, etc to install, but that's no big deal with the right tools. I'll be using it at a tri next weekend... It'll do while I save up for my Zipp disc.



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Old 05-25-09, 07:11 AM   #2
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Very nice, I want to do a crit with one of those ^^
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poor man's powertap disc. wheelbuilder does a great job cutting those.

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Going deeper in the front ?
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Going deeper in the front ?
Yeah, I'm trying out some 808s and 1080s this season--not sure which one I'll go with yet, though I'm leaning toward the 808. Definitely going with the 900 disc in back.
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how much does it weigh?
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adds 500g to your wheel
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Old 05-25-09, 11:51 AM   #11
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adds 500g to your wheel
That much? Really? gawd, that's depressing. Didn't seem like that much...
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Pete, bring your P2 and disc down to Hains Point tomorrow and motor pace me.
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Any sense of how much time/speed/watts the cover gets you vs a 404 or 808?
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Why would you even bother with an actually disc wheel if you've got the cover?
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Why would you even bother with an actually disc wheel if you've got the cover?
real discs are a lot lighter and also more aero.
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not more aero. lighter by a long shot. and they sound cool.
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not more aero. lighter by a long shot. and they sound cool.
You don't think a Sub 9 is more aero than a disc cover? The cover has those screws sticking out, and the gap between the real rim and the cover, and it probably moves a little bit.
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they have done tests on these things. Don't believe me. Look it up for yourself.
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Old 05-25-09, 03:39 PM   #20
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My wheelbuilder disc only lasted about four races, then it started having bulges.

Don't know if anyone else had similar issues, but for me it was only a stopgap.
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Yeah, I'm trying out some 808s and 1080s this season--not sure which one I'll go with yet, though I'm leaning toward the 808. Definitely going with the 900 disc in back.
Don't you have some very deep Blackwell wheels?
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Don't you have some very deep Blackwell wheels?
Didn't Blackwell go out of business? If so, there's the whole warranty thing to worry about
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I have one of the covers and hve used it in tts. They cut it for my powertap but didn't cut it for my rim. I was in a hurry and didn't specifiy that the rim was a 30 mm rim. Result .....holes didn't line up. I ended up cutting my own holes because I needed it for the next morning.

Worked fine but I want a disc.
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Old 05-25-09, 05:28 PM   #24
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Don't you have some very deep Blackwell wheels?
I'm nervous about carbon wheels with no warranty, so I decided to switch to Zipps this season after BR went bust--I want a company that'll actually be around for a while, and Zipp's support is outstanding. My first post-residency paycheck should cover that just fine.

Not to say that the Blackwells weren't incredible wheels, and I never had a problem while I had them, but the idea of a big dude like me riding carbon hoops with no warranty or crash replacement makes me nervous. Neurotic? Maybe, but hey.
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Only a bulged rim w/disc cover is more aero than the aero discs, or at least in the same league (assuming you are comparing lenticulars to lenticulars).

Weight does not matter at all unless you are going up big hills.
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