Originally Posted by tinmantis
wow, my 1st post
I didn't know you all were here! or even existed!
but anyway, straight to business:
anyone have any links to sweet 20" carbon wheels? tri-spoke, huge rims? bladed spoked, or full carbon discs?
I'm thinking of going totally awol on my latest build!
HED makes a 359,406,451 (and more) sized carbon clincher wheelsets. They use typical HED hubs and bladed spokes. Braking surfaces are aluminium so they are not very light (~1500g range for 406). They cost $1100 a set when I last checked but the price may be increased a bit. Go to HED homepage and check for recumbent wheelsets.
And recently a taiwan maker released carbon trispoke tublar wheelset and full carbon clincher rims (with carbon brake surfaces!) A pair of wheelset costs around 160,000 yen (~$1500).
Finally, dutch recumbent manufactor M5 makes full carbon disc wheelset as well as carbon trispokes for 20" sizes.
What frame are you going to use? I don't think using carbon wheelsets is an acceptable option unless you have a very prestigious frame (e.g. moultons)