Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Everett area
Bikes: Roubaix S-Works SL2, Redline Conquest
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Tubular cross wheels
Yes another wheel thread - I've checked over quite a few threads and there's lot's of info about clinchers, but I'm considering buying a second set this year and want to try tubulars. My main reason to do so is to avoid pinch flats, better handling would be a bonus. last year I had several pinch flats during cross races and would like to avoid this year. (I'm not under any delusions - just race for fun. But you can't race with a flat.
I've heard mixed reviews about mavic reflex rims (cracking, pulled spokes - I'm sure if built/tension properly they're ok, but). I'd love to try some high end carbon rims but they're out of reach for me. I've talked to a local builder that can put together a set of ultegra/velocity pro elites, which would be bomb proof for my weight (215 lbs) for a reasonable price. I think the thing about high profile rims is they shed mud better, but these would be heavy @ 2,000+ grams.
I realize I'm limited at my weight, but wonder if anyone else has had a tubular wheel they like (that's not priced in the stratosphere.)
Thanks in advance.