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Old 05-09-21, 07:34 AM
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Lil better shot with some sun, def like the satin finish.

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Old 05-09-21, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
Lil better shot with some sun, def like the satin finish.

dang that’s a great looking bike!
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Old 05-09-21, 11:51 AM
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dang that’s a great looking bike!
Thanks!! I'm loving it, rides and handles great! She just needs di2 and she'll be perfect! (but in all honesty, the 105 performs flawlessly, I just really like di2 lol)
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Old 05-09-21, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post
Has anyone had any issues with these wheels being.. Flexy ?

I have my rear wheel (R65) laced to a Carbon-Ti X-Hub, 24h, rim brake. When I first installed it, there was a noticeable amount of side play with the skewer tightened up (both 4mm bolt on and the OEM QR skewer). Descending at 70kph, the rear wheel felt super wobbly and unstable. We're talking nearly 2 inches of side play

I've since loosened the grub screw, tightened up the bearing preload with the finger tightening adjuster and retightened the grub screw... But I can still pull the rim side to side going back and forth to each brake pad (1"of play..)

Has anyone else had to adjust this on their new rims? I've put 850km on them since May 1st and it feels kind of **** after spending $2k on my first ever brand new wheelset
No problems with flex at all. Did you build the wheel or did they?

$2k wheelset from LB? I haven't seen anything in their offerings for that much. I guess I don't know much about those hubs, but it otherwise seems that you get their high end topping out around $1200 or $1300
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Old 05-09-21, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post
Has anyone had any issues with these wheels being.. Flexy ?

I have my rear wheel (R65) laced to a Carbon-Ti X-Hub, 24h, rim brake.
very deep section rims + low spoke count, can often lead to side-side.



Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post


When I first installed it, there was a noticeable amount of side play with the skewer tightened up (both 4mm bolt on and the OEM QR skewer). Descending at 70kph, the rear wheel felt super wobbly and unstable. We're talking nearly 2 inches of side play

I've since loosened the grub screw, tightened up the bearing preload with the finger tightening adjuster and retightened the grub screw... But I can still pull the rim side to side going back and forth to each brake pad (1"of play..)
Over an inch of play w/rim brakes?
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Old 05-09-21, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post
Has anyone had any issues with these wheels being.. Flexy ?

I have my rear wheel (R65) laced to a Carbon-Ti X-Hub, 24h, rim brake. When I first installed it, there was a noticeable amount of side play with the skewer tightened up (both 4mm bolt on and the OEM QR skewer). Descending at 70kph, the rear wheel felt super wobbly and unstable. We're talking nearly 2 inches of side play

I've since loosened the grub screw, tightened up the bearing preload with the finger tightening adjuster and retightened the grub screw... But I can still pull the rim side to side going back and forth to each brake pad (1"of play..)

Has anyone else had to adjust this on their new rims? I've put 850km on them since May 1st and it feels kind of **** after spending $2k on my first ever brand new wheelset
That's quite obviously not an issue with the rim. If there's play in the wheel, it's a hub issue. Carbon-Ti hubs are top tier as far as I know, so I'd say take it to a shop or get in contact with carbon Ti.

Just to be clear, we're talking "play" and not "flex" right? Those are two very, very different things.
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Old 05-09-21, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
No flex at all on my AR56s w/DT240 hubs, 24/24, disc brake tho. CX-Ray spokes up front, CX-Ray/Sprint combo on the rear to make it stiffer.
Good to know 👌

Originally Posted by illdrag0n View Post
Definately no play on my AR46 with CX-Ray. Stiff as a honeymoon groom
Thanks 😂

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No problems with flex at all. Did you build the wheel or did they?

$2k wheelset from LB? I haven't seen anything in their offerings for that much. I guess I don't know much about those hubs, but it otherwise seems that you get their high end topping out around $1200 or $1300
They built the wheel. The front hub is a Gucci SONDelux Dynamo hub laced to a AR56. Also that's $1900 AUD not USD

Originally Posted by smashndash View Post
That's quite obviously not an issue with the rim. If there's play in the wheel, it's a hub issue. Carbon-Ti hubs are top tier as far as I know, so I'd say take it to a shop or get in contact with carbon Ti.

Just to be clear, we're talking "play" and not "flex" right? Those are two very, very different things.
I've indeed emailed them, I also just thought maybe someone had experience with these hubs and could enlighten me.

It's side to side play. I'm not sure if I'm strong enough to flex wheels, the most power I can put down is about 800 watts

It's on a pretty standard bike for spacing (specialized roubaix) so I doubt anything is amiss there.
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Old 05-09-21, 03:51 PM
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It's on a pretty standard bike for spacing (specialized roubaix) so I doubt anything is amiss there.
Roubaix for me too

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Old 05-09-21, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post

It's side to side play. I'm not sure if I'm strong enough to flex wheels, the most power I can put down is about 800 watts
Power doesn't cause lateral flex, weight does. If you're pretty heavy and like to throw the bike around, you might see some brake rub, but you wouldn't be able to replicate that by hand.
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Old 05-09-21, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by smashndash View Post
Power doesn't cause lateral flex, weight does. If you're pretty heavy and like to throw the bike around, you might see some brake rub, but you wouldn't be able to replicate that by hand.
Even then, that's really more a hub to dropout/fork relationship. I run centreline X rotors on 350 hubs on my roubaix as above and im 123kg and can drop 1400w in a sprint. Haven't had too many issues outside of wet rides.
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Old 05-09-21, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by smashndash View Post
Power doesn't cause lateral flex, weight does. If you're pretty heavy and like to throw the bike around, you might see some brake rub, but you wouldn't be able to replicate that by hand.
Yeah I'm quite light 👍 75kg or so

This is side play, the kind that doesn't feel good! The rear wheel wobbles noticeably on downhills.. I've tightened up the hub a bit and did some more 75kmh descents, it felt OK.. Side play is less significant but still way more than past wheels. I guess I'll continue tightening progressively, and see how it goes
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Old 05-09-21, 11:45 PM
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I haven't had any flex on mine, AR46 with a satin finish. They've been great wheels so far (well, until last week). I went with the cheaper Novatec hubs but I'm impressed, roll really well. I've also embraced Tubeless, wasn't as bad as I thought, easy to mount, didn't make too much mess and they feel great. However, I was slowly rolling along on a ride last week when a front spoke suddenly broke, pretty sure I didn't hit anything either. They're at the LBS now getting fixed, I have a feeling that the spoke may have been over tightened but I'll ask when they're ready to pick up.
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Old 05-10-21, 12:42 AM
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Arrow straight so far. love them. I am around 66kg and only use them on the road. I use the OEM alloy wheels that came with my bike for gravel.

my wheels from post #1287
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Old 05-10-21, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by cuevélo View Post
My wheels are the flyweight version, though I only have 1000km on them at this point. My maximum system weight is about 75kg, so I felt confident getting them instead of the standard version. I haven't had any problems so far.
I just pulled the trigger on my new set of WR35 wheels for my gravel bike. I didn't opt for the flyweight version. My "system weight" will be around 85 kg, and though that's within the spec for the flyweight, I'd just rather have stronger wheels on gravel. I do ride the gravel bike on the road quite a lot, but the weight savings isn't that important in this case.

thanks for the input.
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Old 05-13-21, 11:20 PM
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Pic of my Ridley Helium SLA Disc with the Satin finish AR46 wheels as mentioned above.


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Old 05-14-21, 07:37 AM
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I never put up a picture of my WR50s I got a month or two ago .. so here they are! (not on bike now, use your imagination :-)). These have been an awesome gravel riding wheel set with tubeless Conti Terra Speed 35c on my 2020 Roubaix.

If you are getting these wider rims I would also go one step deeper, they have much less wind buffeting side-to-side compared to my Rovals which are also 50mm (more slope to wheel due to thickness means won't catch side gusts as bad). I am happy with these but if I was a racer I would have gone for the WR65.

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Old 05-14-21, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
very deep section rims + low spoke count, can often lead to side-side.
I bought an 88mm rim on Ebay and laced it up to a 24 hole track hub. When I rode it, it would make this clicking sound, which I think was the rim smacking against the valve extender. I bought rims from the same seller before in 50mm and it was fine. I think for the 88mm rim, the manufacturer did not take into consideration the issues you are referring to. I bought a Boyd 90mm, problem solved. I also have never had that issue with my 808 wheelset.
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Old 05-20-21, 10:50 AM
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Finally got around to taking a decent picture of them (AR45). All good with an Everesting and a bit more than 1000mi/1700km on the wheels.
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