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Old 06-14-08, 10:38 AM
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New Crank Brothers Cobalt Wheelset

I really like them and think they're cool looking but im a little dissapointed with crank brothers, the market really doesnt need any more $1000+ wheelsets, i wish they had introduced something a bit more available to the general public.





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Old 06-14-08, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
I really like them and think they're cool looking but im a little dissapointed with crank brothers, the market really doesnt need any more $1000+ wheelsets, i wish they had introduced something a bit more available to the general public.
Yes, they really should have consulted you first.
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Old 06-14-08, 11:11 AM
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Im not trying to offer my professional opinion or anything but i think it would have been a better start off to become popular with the general public by giving a high quality moderately priced wheelset. It is not difficult to put a nice lightweight wheelset on the market for 1000+, there are dozens of choices if thats what your looking for, but a moderately priced high quality wheelset is something that is not nearly as common.

Aside from this, the Spinergy Xyclone have nearly the same specs for half the price, my money is on them even if they were the same price.

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Next thread about these wheels better be by someone who acutually has a pair (and posts pictures).

Edit: Crank Bros., while sometimes overpriced, has some of the most interesting and clever designs on the market.
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Originally Posted by DevilsGT2 View Post
Next thread about these wheels better be by someone who acutually has a pair (and posts pictures).

Edit: Crank Bros., while sometimes overpriced, has some of the most interesting and clever designs on the market.
Agreed on both counts.


The Cobalt's are smexy.
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They have a weight limit of like 150 or 160 I think though. The price is reasonible, Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels are about the same price. But, have more spokes. The Crank Bros. design should be super easy to true and keep true though.
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Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
Im not trying to offer my professional opinion or anything but i think it would have been a better start off to become popular with the general public by giving a high quality moderately priced wheelset.
What for??? There are a ton of those out there. Just have a high quality wheelset built for a moderate price by your LBS.

What do you consider moderate anyhoo? I paid $500 for my Hope Pro II / EX 5.1d wheelset...in my book that's a high priced wheelset. A moderate price would be a set of Sun Abba's or whatever those are.

I guess I categorize them like:
Up to $170 or so - Low
$200-$350 - Moderate
$500'ish - High
$600 - $1000 - Some freakin' snob with a disposable income that makes me sick!!!
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Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
Agreed on both counts.


The Cobalt's are smexy.
God dammit, "smexy" is not a word.
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Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX View Post
God dammit, "smexy" is not a word.
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hmm. I wouldn't be surprised if CB releases more affordable versions of the wheels in the future. Like most companies, they start out with the high zoot item and trickle it down... rarely does it work the other way.
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These CB wheels are indeed very cool and clever. However, if you trash 'em you're f*cked.

I prefer to build my own wheels, and as such they are workhorses ie. XT/Mavic. If I trash a rim, I like to be able to replace it and the spokes from off the shelf.
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
These CB wheels are indeed very cool and clever. However, if you trash 'em you're f*cked.

I prefer to build my own wheels, and as such they are workhorses ie. XT/Mavic. If I trash a rim, I like to be able to replace it and the spokes from off the shelf.
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
These CB wheels are indeed very cool and clever. However, if you trash 'em you're f*cked.
How often do you trash wheels? Just curious.
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What it would come down to for me: at nearly twice the price I paid, what advantage would these give me over my current wheelsets with Hadley, and King rear hubs and Hope Bulb 20mm fronts? It would have to be one hell of a performance difference/advantage/drop in weight/increase in durability/ease of maintaining them to justify it to me.

That, and I just find them astoundingly fugly.
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Mavic Slr's are sexier IMO
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I think they're nice to look at.

Thats about it. They have more threads on BF than potential customers it seems.
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Originally Posted by gastro View Post
How often do you trash wheels? Just curious.
Rarely. But if I were to be riding a $1000 wheelset I wouldn't want to waste energy worrying about damaging my damn wheels. I prefer to ride them hard; if something should happen, it's not going to be potentially very painful money-wise.

Hey, if someone can afford wheels this expensive, they should go for it. Way cool wheels.
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So does anybody have these yet?
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So does anybody have these yet?
My guess is primarily sponsored riders.
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Talking with our shops crank bros rep it didn't sound like they were actually shipping yet. May have started since then though.
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Talking with our shops crank bros rep it didn't sound like they were actually shipping yet. May have started since then though.
you can get them now
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if they have a weight limit of 150 (not sure that is accurate) they are serving a very limited market on top of the limited market for $1000 wheels. I bet I do not see more than about 5% of riders at the local MTB trail that are under 150lbs. The ones that are not fat seem to be big strong guys and the majority are just fat.
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Comparatively to the competition i simply wouldnt pay the money even if i had it, there are others i would rely much more on such as like i already said, Spinergy Xyclone, Chris King's, high end DT wheels, etc.

thats all im really trying to say they're marketing approach was bad.
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Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX View Post
God dammit, "smexy" is not a word.
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Well...they certainly are pretty
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