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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 02-22-08, 11:58 AM   #1
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Will my cyclocross brakes still work when putting on road wheels?

I have a specialized tricross with alex ace-19 wheels right now. I want to get road wheels to improve my speed and participate in a triathlon. Will my brakes work with this or not?
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Old 02-22-08, 12:09 PM   #2
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My bike interchanges with minimal adjustment between its CX wheels (Open Pro) and its road wheels (Neuvations). The rim widths are quite similar though. If your road wheels and Alex's are different widths, you may have to adjust your brakes. Determine if this is the case, then you'll have your answer.
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Old 02-22-08, 01:44 PM   #3
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Yes, mine do.
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Old 02-22-08, 01:58 PM   #4
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Only if you ride down dirt roads and across grass often.

Joking aside, you'll be fine.
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Old 02-22-08, 02:33 PM   #5
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Answer really depends on the width of your rim's (where the brakes line up.) Very few 'cross bikes actually come with rims wider then standard road rims these days, so you'll likely be fine. If you want to be sure, find out the rim width of the Alex rims and whatever road wheels you'll be using.

FWIW, my 'cross bike doubles as my winter trainer. I race on Ksyrium Elites with 35mm tires during the cross season and run cheap Ritchey wheels with 25mm tires for the winter months and on wet days during the road season. I don't even have to think about adjusting my brakes.

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Old 02-22-08, 03:35 PM   #6
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^^^ Me too. My Ridley looks like a silly road bike till July! ^^^
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bitterken, im guessing that theres no problems with mounting a 35mm tire onto a road rim? the reason I ask is because i have rims with an inner width of about 14mm and i was wondering if a 35mm tire would be too wide for it.
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^^^
I've had no problems at all with the Kryrium rims, neither have any of my teammates (we mostly run clincher Kyriums during the cross season.)
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not a problem at all......
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