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Old 01-29-12, 10:26 AM
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Easton circuit clinchers for commuting ?

Hi, I can pick up a new pair of east circuit clinchers for cheap. The link has some info about them but is not where I am getting them.

http://www.ebikewarehouse.com/eastoncircuit.htm



My question is would they be suitable for my surly CC which I use for commuting around chicago on? My cc has a rear rack and I carry up to 30lbs on it. I weigh 200lbs. Is the rear wheel strong enough for this type of use?

I could swap the Easton's to my road bike which has bontrager ssrs if the bontragers would be more suitable as commuters and the Easton's better for road riding use

Make sense? Thx for the feed back?
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Wouldn't be my first choice to put on a commuter bike that's carrying 230 pounds of passenger and cargo, but I'm of the "more spokes is better" mindset.
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Ok. I kinda thought that. What do you think, circuits vs bontragers ssr?
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I would look for a nice 36 hole set of wheels for your purposes. eBay has tons of sets. I wrote that the Eastons wouldn't be my first choice, but they'll work. So would the Bontragers. MY preference is more spokes, for durability and redundancy.
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How are the roads that you commute on? Very smooth pavement? Rough? How many miles is your commute?

I rode for a year or so on some Forte Titan's, which don't have very many spokes (16 & 20 IIRC). I had a rack that I carried 10~20 lbs, and I was at 200 lbs at the time. My commute was 8 miles on pretty nice pavement. Never had one issue w/ those wheels. In the 3 years that I've had the wheels now, they've never needed truing.
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Not a good idea. #1 reason: proprietary spokes. #2 reason: I've seen people buy them and discover they won't take just any cassette due to their freehub body requiring specifically the tall-spline Shimano 10sp cassettes, so then they have a wild goose chase for a cassette body that accepts SRAM and Shimano cassettes so they can run 9sp. The ones in your link don't have problem #2, but keep an eye on that.

Instead, with 30 pounds of dead weight over the rear wheel, I suggest a 135mm Shimano rear hub in 36-hole, butted 14ga name-brand spokes, and a Velocity DeepV rim if you want something strong, aero, for 23-28mm road tires, and not particularly featherweight.
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Ok. I probably will stick with the stock wheels on my cross check. Only really thinking of changing because I can get a really good deal on the Easton's.

Would the Easton's be a better wheel then the bontragers for my non commuting road bike?

Thx for the feedback.
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Originally Posted by uvbears View Post
Ok. I probably will stick with the stock wheels on my cross check. Only really thinking of changing because I can get a really good deal on the Easton's.

Would the Easton's be a better wheel then the bontragers for my non commuting road bike?
They should be lighter and more aero, but the same two caveats still apply: your wheels would have proprietary spokes that aren't widely available, and if it's the version with the alloy cassette body, you'd be limited to 10-speed Shimano cassettes with the deep-spline setup. Given the option, I'd give up a little of the aerodynamics and go with some conventional wheels in 32/28 spokes rear/front, which is what I used at the state Masters road championships a few years ago for a win.
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for me: more spokes, heavier and better quality spokes and gator skin tires.
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The Easton Circuits have a 7mm brake track instead of the usual 9mm. Pain in the a$$ to setup perfectly. Other than that, nice wheels for road biking but I would not use them for commuting. If I were choosing a rim for commuting, I would get some velocity a23 32 spoked laced to ultegra hubs or something similar.
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