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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 07-02-08, 09:18 PM   #1
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Bontrager Race wheelset in 'cross?

You guys think these would be sturdy enough to run in 'cross? I guess I am unsure about the paired-spoke setup. Yeah, they'd be decent road wheelset but I'm looking for wheels that can handle the beating I'm liable to give them (not intentionally, it just sort of happens).

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I run Race X Lites and they've stood up thus far. I haven't had any problems other than a spoke loosening up (which didn't result in the wheel coming untrue...)
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Race Lites are spec'd standard on the Trek XO-1.

So, yeah, they'll be able to handle any abuse you can dish out.
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dOH! Should've checked that first. OK, I'll pick 'em up and commence to beating away. Thanks.

BTW - I didn't see an accurate listing as to what's different from the Race to Race Light to the Race XLight, etc. I know up on the top end the nipples are located at the hub and it's a carbon rim, right? Just would be nice to know what advantage you gain at each step.
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You don't get a carbon rim until the Race XXX-lite.

The main differences between race, race lite, and race x-lite lie in the hub, the weight of the wheel, and the stiffness of the wheel.

I consider myself a heavier rider and would feel more comfortable racing on RaceLites vs Race X-lites.

That being said, I race on 50mm Carbon tubies.
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^Don't get much stiffer than that.

You should be fine on the Race ones- long term I might upgrade, but they won't explode or anything.
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