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Old 03-29-06, 11:26 AM
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carbon rim & powertap SL build

I'm getting a powertap SL and have some decisions to make regarding what rim to use. I've filtered out a number of things and have come up with the list below. I'd like to get peoples' opinions on the following wheels - good points or bad points. Also, I'm ~130lbs and will use the wheel for doing a variety of races: crits, RR (both hilly and flat), as well as TT. Wind will be a consideration for some of these events. I'd also like it to be durable enough for training.

Zipp 303 or 304
Reynolds Alta
Hed Alps, jet 50 or jet 60.
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Old 03-29-06, 12:09 PM
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If you want to go with a deep v wheel (I'm assuming you ment zipp 404 not 304) I'd consider the Reynolds Stratus. I did quite a bit of research before buying mine and I was told by a lot people that the zipps are not all that sturdy. I got nothing but very positive feedback about the Reynolds. Also I raced on the Alta's and liked them a lot allthough they are aluminum not CF.
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Originally Posted by 2Rodies
If you want to go with a deep v wheel (I'm assuming you ment zipp 404 not 304) I'd consider the Reynolds Stratus.
+6. Bomb proof rim, I knocked out two of the 16 spokes on my front and the rim barely went out of true. Suggest using the Sapim CXray spokes too.
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Originally Posted by 2Rodies
If you want to go with a deep v wheel (I'm assuming you ment zipp 404 not 304) I'd consider the Reynolds Stratus. I did quite a bit of research before buying mine and I was told by a lot people that the zipps are not all that sturdy. I got nothing but very positive feedback about the Reynolds. Also I raced on the Alta's and liked them a lot allthough they are aluminum not CF.
Thanks for the input. What's the difference you've noticed between the alta and the stratus in your races? What type of races are you doing? I'd be curious how these two compare.
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
Thanks for the input. What's the difference you've noticed between the alta and the stratus in your races? What type of races are you doing? I'd be curious how these two compare.
Well it's not quite an apples to apples comparison due to the construction of the wheels and tire types. The Atla's are a clincher wheel and were very stiff and reasonably light. They are a mid-v wheel so they are also aero. The Stratus, well what can I say, once you ride a tubular you'll never go want to ride anything else. The Stratus wheel/tire combo knocked a little over 300g off my bike. That's over 10 ounces of rotating weight. They also are very stiff and very aero. The only down side of a deep-v wheel can be in cross winds. I'll run a standard-v wheel on the front in those conditions. Like Vino said they are really tough wheels. In my last race on the final sprint I got my front wheel chopped and I was pushed into another rider. My front wheel hit his skewer and it made a horrible sound, I thought for sure that I ripped a spoke out. But the wheel was fine and still perfectly true.
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
+6. Bomb proof rim, I knocked out two of the 16 spokes on my front and the rim barely went out of true. Suggest using the Sapim CXray spokes too.
Don't know about the rims, but one thing about the CX-Rays is that they are the lightest yet most bomb proof spokes I have ever used. Very expensive but worth every penny.
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No carbon rim is bombproof!

I have Zipp 404s and my rear failed on me in a sprint in a rough crit. It mostly held together but was rubbing on the brake pads and had a huge crack that looked like an impact. I was winning the race at the time and still got 3rd. I replaced it with the 404 Pave rim with a slightly tougher build. The season will tell how that one holds. So far so good. The failure happened in early August last year, with about 30 races on it. Up till then I'd barely turned a spoke wrench in anger.

That is the thing with carbon - when it breaks it just breaks, and no carbon rim is immune. Lew Strader (Reynolds) makes great wheels for sure. I still believe in my Zipps though. I also ride their Bar/Stem combo which is fantastic.

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Originally Posted by flythebike
No carbon rim is bombproof!
Well no rim is bombproof alloy or cf. I was ready to drop the coin on the Zipps but I spoke to a lot racers and mechanics and virtually everyone of them said that Zipps were not all that sturdy. They all spoke very highly of the Stratus, which I ended up buying. FWIW I could have saved 200 bucks by picking up the Zipps.
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