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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 10-21-04, 09:13 PM   #1
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HED Jet 60 front wheel, 28 spokes - cross potential?

I have this HED Jet 60 front wheel that has 28 bladed spokes. It seems pretty durable, it looks to me like a basic aluminum rim that happens to have a 60mm carbon cover added on. I feel like most Jet 60 wheels have fewer spokes, especially on the front. Could this wheel withstand the demands of cyclocross? I don't need it for the road anymore but want to keep using it. Aerodynamics may not play a huge role in cross but this wheel would at least probably look pretty savage.
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Old 10-25-04, 08:41 PM   #2
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you should be able to use it for a season or 2. The tall rim profile will help you glide through sand and mud. Many pros use Zipp 404s or similar lightweight carbon rims for cross, but keep in mind one bad drap or crash and their wheels are history. Of course they all just pull new ones out of hat, you might not be able to do that. You shouldn't have any problems if your fairly light weight.
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Old 10-26-04, 07:04 PM   #3
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There's a big difference between the Zipps and Hed, the Hed's use nonstructural, hollow carbon fairings. Ordinarily this would not matter but if it's wet or muddy one could collect an extra payload in your rim.
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Old 10-26-04, 07:10 PM   #4
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that's a good a point, I could see crap potentially getting in there.
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