got the climbing bug
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Diego
Bikes: one for everything
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Originally Posted by hockeyref
but I still have a preference for the tubs. Either way I'm giving serious consideration to running something like Stan's sealer in whatever ends up being the daily use wheels....
I was very hesitant on tubeless on roadie though I had super success on all my MTBs with it. But drank the kool-aid and I have a set of Stan Alpha 400 on some older neuvation ceramic hubs and bladed spoke. VERY freaking reliable wheels... Two worn out tire changes and ZERO flats. Over 3000 miles of hard/fast club rides and even some hard pack dirt/gravel road adventures in the 6 months I had them on the bike. Pressure wise, easy 5-7psi less air needed then normal tubed clinchers. Softer ride comfort and nice handling w/ more contact on the tarmac. It's nice to be that guy on the club rides and not have to worry about flats unless I slash the tire for some super rare reason. The Stans A400s, are still a standard narrow rim, to get best of both worlds would be the SL23 or A23's which both can be ran tubeless.
Both rims cost roughly the same, most of the wheel build cost is determined by hubs and if you want to spend $150 more on bladed spokes or stick w/ double butted. SL23 have a taller aero profile so it does have added stiffness and aero advantages over a certain MPH.
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