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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
    I don't know about other versions, but this wheel is a 2012 model and there is no preload adjustment on the axle. Its either tight or its not.
    then i don't know. drop it off at a lbs and have them send into sram/zipp.

    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Are the stickers removable on those yet?
    yah that's a killer but they are just gigantex hoops anyway. zach could ride square wheels and still ride away from people. he's first in the endurance standings and eighth in sprints for usac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza_aL View Post
    yah that's a killer but they are just gigantex hoops anyway. zach could ride square wheels and still ride away from people. he's first in the endurance standings and eighth in sprints for usac
    Ah. I'm not much of a wheel builder.

    Who is Gigantex? Should I just pick a rim/hub and have them built myself? How do I get them?

    Gonna google now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Ah. I'm not much of a wheel builder.

    Who is Gigantex? Should I just pick a rim/hub and have them built myself? How do I get them?

    Gonna google now...
    the only us dealer i know that uses them is bike hub store. i haven't done much research on trying to source them. it's been noted on weight weenies and slow twitch that they are preferred hoop over a "generic china hoop".

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post

    Carbon life forms for $100 Alex
    This factory factory builds a large percentage of the carbon rims and supplies most of the "generic Chinese hoops".

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    Who is Gigantex Alex?
    That is correct. You have the board.
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    Carbon life forms for $200
    For almost all carbon items you either

    a) pay for the mold and own it
    b) license it for X amount of time,
    c) design it and hand over the paperwork knowing there will be knock offs within 1-6 months, or
    d) you buy the knock offs and slap your stickers on them.


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    How do I produce carbon parts in China Alex?
    Correct again.

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    Carbon life forms for $300
    For the most part with wheels there seems to be no difference in core material, with frames the knock offs might use a lower grade carbon than "c".

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    What is Quality Control?
    Correct!

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    Carbon life forms for $400
    It's the Daily Double!

    This company started out building low end Schwinn bikes in a dirt floor warehouse, and now is the largest bike manufacturer in the world

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    Who is Specialized?
    No, sorry. Any one else?

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    Who is Giant?
    Correct!

    Let's pause for a commercial.
    Last edited by Racer Ex; 01-29-14 at 07:03 PM.

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    FWIW there are some interesting hoops from China in deep section right now...23-25mm stuff to 88mm that's worth looking at if your riding outdoors and eat wind.

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    Nice!

    Thanks for the explanation!

    Any suggestions for something close to 80mm for a front wheel for a big guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Nice!

    Thanks for the explanation!

    Any suggestions for something close to 80mm for a front wheel for a big guy?

    Check out Ebay.

    If you wanted more spokes or a track specific hub buy a rim and hub and drop them in the lap of a wheel builder. Or contact the guy in China and see if they will do more spokes and a track hub.

    Not a lot more money and you can specify spoke type and pattern (a 20h radial won't be as strong as a 2x lacing...most wheel builders will explain the +/- of the various set ups). A bit more hassle but in the end you have something that's Carleton specific.

    The 23 wide stuff paired with a low Crr tubular like the Vittoria's hits a great sweet spot for a big guy riding outdoors on rougher tracks...nice aero + Crr.

    If you were at VSC you go 19 and 190 PSI with a disc or 3/5 spoke.

    On outdoor stuff you actual do better running 120-150 depending on the track and set up.
    Last edited by Racer Ex; 01-29-14 at 09:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    On outdoor stuff you actual do better running 120-150 depending on the track and set up.
    you can keep telling me that- and i still wont ever run my tires that low..

    as for the wheels-
    i built up 88's with low flange DA hubs.. 32x. they are really great wheels. not light the way they are built- but really really stiff and durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    That is a $175 wheel. The comparable Zipp 808 Track front wheel is $1,200.

    I guess the $1,025 question is:

    How do I know which eBay seller is selling high quality knock-offs and who is selling low quality knock-offs?

    Is there one with a better reputation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Are the stickers removable on those yet?

    Zack K. here in Portland is sponsored by them. I asked him to send that feedback to them. They would be waaaaay more popular if the stickers were removable like they are on Zipp and Mavic wheelsets (their direct competition that happens to be out-selling them).

    The new Shimano track set is also nice...but the stickers are not removable.

    Logo overkill is a pet peeve of mine

    On a related note:



    It's a rolling alphabet. It's like camouflage...seriously.

    Can someone photoshop that bike and black-out the logos? I don't have PS on my work computer.
    Ow, my eyes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    That is a $175 wheel. The comparable Zipp 808 Track front wheel is $1,200.

    I guess the $1,025 question is:

    How do I know which eBay seller is selling high quality knock-offs and who is selling low quality knock-offs?

    Is there one with a better reputation?
    This is a HUGE question for me, and I've researched it time and time again.

    The roadies on roadbikereview seem to think they're fine. Then again, these are smaller roadies, so I've still been kinda iffy on them. I'll keep my eye out on the track for anyone with them and hopefully try them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Is there one with a better reputation?
    I think the trick is to take the wheel to a good wheelbuilder once you get it.
    I've seen a variety of chinabron wheels, though never used them. Never seen serious rim issues, but the build quality varies. If I got a set of them I'd take them to a good wheelbuilder and ask him or her to completely detension and retension the wheels.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Nice!

    Thanks for the explanation!

    Any suggestions for something close to 80mm for a front wheel for a big guy?
    don't you already run zipps and mavics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
    I think the trick is to take the wheel to a good wheelbuilder once you get it.
    I've seen a variety of chinabron wheels, though never used them. Never seen serious rim issues, but the build quality varies. If I got a set of them I'd take them to a good wheelbuilder and ask him or her to completely detension and retension the wheels.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza_aL View Post
    don't you already run zipps and mavics?
    I'm in it for the info. And if I can build a solid weekly race set for a fraction of the cost of Zipps/Mavics, why not?

    BTW, I sold the 404s a while back in order to buy the LOOK 496.

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    There are a lot of folks running the 88's who are bigger. Quite a few of them at the last two Elite Nats I raced.

    As was pointed out, the build quality matters. That said I can build my own wheels so if the build quality isn't stellar I just tune it up myself. The hubs and bearings are fine, and bearings are standard cartridge stuff if you need to replace them.

    Wheel to wheel some of the proprietary wheels (like Zipp and HED) will slightly outperform the "generic" wheel of the same size at certain yaw angles. But often the differentiation is really small and for sprinters (vs. pursuit folks) it's pretty much one head bob or glance to the side if that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    There are a lot of folks running the 88's who are bigger. Quite a few of them at the last two Elite Nats I raced.

    As was pointed out, the build quality matters. That said I can build my own wheels so if the build quality isn't stellar I just tune it up myself. The hubs and bearings are fine, and bearings are standard cartridge stuff if you need to replace them.

    Wheel to wheel some of the proprietary wheels (like Zipp and HED) will slightly outperform the "generic" wheel of the same size at certain yaw angles. But often the differentiation is really small and for sprinters (vs. pursuit folks) it's pretty much one head bob or glance to the side if that.
    Awesome.

    I've never built (or commissioned) a race wheel before. I'm excited about the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn8it View Post
    you can keep telling me that- and i still wont ever run my tires that low..
    Hey, I'm not selling anything and I'm not going to let air out of your tires when you're not looking.

    Well, probably not.

    Think of it this way:

    If you wrapped a rim in some kind of stickum that let you get traction and rode it at San Diego you'd still be a lot faster on a regular tire that had some give.

    There's a "sweet spot" in air pressure for optimum rolling resistance that's contingent on the surface you're rolling the tire on. It's why mountain bikers don't run 180 PSI despite having suspension.

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    The best description I heard of that effect is, tires should absorb some shock. Lower pressures are better at that than higher pressures. If they don't absorb shock, you bounce.

    When you bounce, your forward energy is converted into upward energy. That is: you lose speed.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Are you guys taking into account the differences between steady-state efforts like pursuits or longer race or sprints that involve pulling extra G-forces and their effects on tires?

    For me, it's about feel more than optimal rolling resistance. I don't like squishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    There's a "sweet spot" in air pressure for optimum rolling resistance that's contingent on the surface you're rolling the tire on.
    That much is indisputable. And while I've never seen, or even heard of, any Encino-specific data, I'd be very surprised if the optimum there was over 160 (for typical tubulars). Same for San Diego. That said, all the rolling resistance studies I've seen are quite underwhelming in the methodology department. Still, taken as a whole, ithe studies certainly suggest that the old school pressures usually erred on the high side.

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    I pretty much concluded the Crr tests could be variabled to the point that it would take a year to test one tire. One "engineer" who was doing some testing claimed that Crr was the same regardless of the speed of the drum. He never changed the speed of the drum though, and of course this was nonsense.

    I raced MotoGP and tire selection might have 10 considerations with 3 tires to choose then you'd ride it and the weather would change and youd start over. Every session we'd chart the pressure rise, wear, and durometer and surface temp the tire. We'd dynamically balance each wheel/tire combo and use a variety of tool to make sure the wheels were in alignment.

    While our speeds were higher we also had 100 times or more the power to offset mistakes.

    Bikes?

    We pump em up and cross our fingers

    Weight, G forces, all are going to play into where the optimal PSI is. Like the aero/power graph, you hope to find the point where all the lines intersect.

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    Wait, you raced MotoGP?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    I raced MotoGP...





    (Seriously...damn. I'm impressed!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
    Wait, you raced MotoGP?????
    Yessir, stateside. 250 GP, and Superbike as well. I once followed this guy through the haybales in the chicane at Daytona. Champion at the state level, top ten guy at Nats, and top 20 at the one FIM level race I did. Second tier equipment and poverty level support, but even with a factory ride I was still a second tier talent compared to the guy above. Like cycling, there are folks that are on another level.

    Great seat to watch them in the days before on board cameras though

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    I knew another former moto GP racer turned track racer. He didn't know his own size and liked to bounce into and off people. When called out on his generally careless riding, he'd say, "Aahh, that's nothin'. I used to do that at 100mph on a motorcycle. It's fine." He even said that as somebody was being loaded into an ambulance.

    Probably not a reflection on all former moto GP racers...

    ...right?
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