Well 'Ridgeback' is taken. You can always go with 'Brokeback Wheels'!
"Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want... Sooner or later, these kids aren't going to have anything to read or write about." (Richard Dreyfus as Glenn Holland)
My new Conti 4000s tires arrived last night, just in time for today's club ride. I was happy to find that it took little more than fingers to get the Conti tires wrapped around the Ambrosio rims. The silver lettering on the tires really do compliment the rims nicely.
The ride start got pushed to 10:30, so I decided to ride to the start (an extra 16mi round trip), did the 43mi club ride, and then the few extra miles I needed to hit 63mi for the day. I felt horrible most of the day, but my legs and the bike felt great. Got a number of compliments on the wheels (the Serotta always draws attention anyways so the new wheels were pointed out). I'm hoping the next ride I head out on with the wheels I'll feel a little better so I can get a better feel for the wheels closer to my limits. I will say that the corners and downhill turns I did take today felt as smooth and confident as ever. Braking surface on the rims are just as good as my Mavic Open Pros I had taken off if not better.
Somehow I missed this thread...
Nice bike there cuda2k, and nice build UK. I built an Ambrosio Excellence around a PowerTap for a bfer, and I was really impressed with the rim quality. I'm glad the Park link helped you out. Wheels look great
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08 Fuji Outland Pro Custom Build (mostly Forge stuff)
08 Forge Sawback 5xx MTB frame
08 Downtube IX FS folding
09.5 Downtube Front Suspension folding
09 Diamondback Insight 1 flatbar road/beer
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The owner of an LBS I frequent was out on a solo training ride and got a flat. As he had no spare and no cell phone, he rode the bike back to his shop 8 miles ON THE RIM.
Ive seen the rim and it was FUBAR'd but he was like "Well, it only cost me a rim to fix it" so I guess it wasnt a big deal to him.
Just a note to say UrbanKnight built a set of Velocity Fusion, XT/Ultegra hubs with 14/15/14 DT Competion spokes for our tandem. Am not a wheel expert, but they seem fine and run true after several hundred miles. When combined with 25c tires they give a significant weight saving from our previous set (28c tires on 40 spoke Velocity Dyads on HF08 tandem hubs).
The wheels were so good they even made the online edition of the newspaper in Tucson, (though its not a great detail shot of his work).
I would recommend Brian and will have him build some more wheels for me in the future.