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    Campy Zondas for a cross bike

    Is it crazy to even think about using Zondas on a dual purpose bike? I have a road bike with a set of them now. I was thinking about selling the bike but swapping out the wheels. So, of course I'd have these nice wheels sitting around collecting dust. Unless I swap wheelsets for road and trail riding.

    Anyone ever use Campy boutique wheels on their cross bikes?
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    No, I haven't use Campy boutique wheels on my cross bike.

    But I don't think it would be much of an issue though. I run a set of 1600 gram Bontrager Race X Lites clincher wheels as my training wheels and haven't had a problem. I know these aren't the Campy's, but they are light with aero spokes.

    Might as well put them to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbridal View Post
    No, I haven't use Campy boutique wheels on my cross bike.

    But I don't think it would be much of an issue though. I run a set of 1600 gram Bontrager Race X Lites clincher wheels as my training wheels and haven't had a problem. I know these aren't the Campy's, but they are light with aero spokes.

    Might as well put them to use.
    I'm not really worried about that G3 lacing in the rear. It's that low spoke count and radial lacing up front that worries me. Never had a problem on the road though.
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    All the wheels I use for races are radial laced in the front. I haven't had any problems with them.

    My Bontragers with the low spoke count are my training wheels and they are even radial laced. They are 20/24 and I have never had a problem with them. In fact, the Bontragers seem very sturdy to me. I don't know whether that's due to the bladed spokes or just the fact that they seem well built.

    I also try to make sure my tire pressure is well suited for the terrain. With really bumpy courses I run less pressure, so the wheels (and my body) don't seem to take quite a beating. The pressure needed would be dependent upon your weight as well.

    Again, I don't have any experience with the Zondos, but I think they'd be just fine as cross wheels.

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    I second what ronbridal said.

    I've got the exact same wheelset as he does on my Crosscheck and the 20 spoke radial laced front wheel held up through my first season of cross.

    Heck, I even rode some single track on them. I probably wouldn't do that anymore now that I have a 29er wheelset for offroad stuff, but nonetheless the wheel's still true with all spokes intact.

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