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Old 08-17-12, 11:39 AM   #1
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What depth track rim

I'm a 220 lb, 62 year old newbie track racer. Loving it. Found a PlanetX carbon stealth bike on ebay. Now I need new wheels to go with it. Have been racing on Ksyrium elites which work just fine. But, of course, expensive wheels will increase my speed exponentially. No, really I just want to treat myself. Have been thinking of carbon tubulars, 60 or 88. Is there any reason to choose one over the other. I ride on an outdoor asphalt track (NE Velo in NH).
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Old 08-17-12, 02:32 PM   #2
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At your size you will be able to handle a deep rear wheel, and a front too as long as the track isnt especially windy. But you should keep youre Ksyriums to use as training wheels and for the odd windy day.

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At 220lbs, you can probably handle an 808-sized rim or smaller on the front. On the other hand, I don't think you'll see much performance gain from 60-88mm.

So, go with what fits your budget and looks the best
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Thanks for the input. Just ordered carbon tubular 60's. Final big decision was matte vs glossy. Went with the matte finish. The builder is a proponent of tape.
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Thanks for the input. Just ordered carbon tubular 60's. Final big decision was matte vs glossy. Went with the matte finish. The builder is a proponent of tape.
Which track are you riding? Is it steep?
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Riding at the Northeast Velo in southern New Hampshire. 1/3 kilometer, former go-kart track. About 15 degrees in the turns.
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You are probably okay with tape, but glue would be better.
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The glue/tape controversy. I've talked to plenty of people in the research phase of my purchase. Lots of anecdotes on both sides. Couldn't find any real data so went with convenience. And I'm probably not fast enough to force a tire off the rim.
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Riding at the Northeast Velo in southern New Hampshire. 1/3 kilometer, former go-kart track. About 15 degrees in the turns.
yay ghetto drome ... tape is fine --- been awhile since I've been there. Pre- CycleLoft take over
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Hey! NE Velo is no ghetto drome. Smooth surface, accurate lines, real race director. Sure, sometimes it's hard dodging the little cars but... There are some great riders there, especially among the younger crowd. A couple of them did well at the recent junior nationals in T-Town
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