Here we go; Anyone have any opinions on these babys? I actually found them looking for recumbent wheels. They say on their site that they are pretty tough; and they are not really that expensive. www.aerospoke.com
Holy crap! I didn't notice they weighed so much.. They made a good pitch about the weight thing, so I figured they didn't weigh THAT much more than other wheels. That's kind of extreme for road wheels.
Those things have been around forever. Forget them, too heavy and in cross, unless you are able to hang in the Open field, you don't really need AERO wheels. If you want to spend money on a bling set of wheels, get some tubular wheels and glue 'em up!
OK. The bike wheels that you know are known as clincher wheels (the tire has a rim bead that hooks up and CLINCHES to the rim when under pressure).
For years, pros raced only on tubular wheels. Tubular tires are essentially complete tori, a selaed donut of tire and tube. To install them on rims, you would glue them. There is no rim bead.
This is Mavic's Reflex tubular rim. Note the difference between rims you are used to seeing.
In cross, running tubular tires means you don't have to worry about pinch flats (there is no rim lip to pinch the tube on). This means you can run lower pressures to get more traction while not worrying about snake bites (yes, ok, some tubulars can get pinch flats, it CAN happen but it is far less likely).
All the top Euro pros race on tubies, many of them Dugast handmade tires. yum. Check out the tire selection at www.cyclocrossworld.com to see more.