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Old 10-01-09, 11:41 AM   #1
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tubeless or tubular if same price??? - building new wheelset

Am getting a new wheelset for racing. Looking for a do it all racer set. Don't plan on changing tires - just one for everything.
Due to awesome shop support for our team, I can get a tubular build scary cheap or tubeless build for practically same price.

Tubeless - ZTR 355 29er rims - maybe velocity hubs, sapim lazer spokes, hutch bulldog tires. 32 hole front and rear


Kinlin tubular rims, maybe white industries hubs, sapim cx ray spokes, maybe 24 front 28 rear - challenge grifo tires.

I'm 155-160 lbs.

What wheelset to get? - the 29er rim is wider and if I switched wheels, the brakes would be far off - making pit wheels an issue. Tubular rim more in line with what i'm riding now and can have a consistent set up for pit wheels. This is the only major issue I see.

Insight anyone?
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Old 10-01-09, 03:50 PM   #2
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Tubulars! No doubt.
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Old 10-01-09, 04:23 PM   #3
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Old 10-01-09, 11:46 PM   #4
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you can get to lower pressures that tubeless

FWIW the kinlins are really narrow which doesent give the tubular a really big footprint, Reflex are much wider and giver a better profile

Forget about brake issues, you can solve this problem with barrel adjusters easily enough
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