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Old 08-03-05, 01:15 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone who has purchased these has had a chance to get any impressions yet. I am thinking about getting a set, but will probably wait until the 28 hole rims are back in stock.

[edit- I know that the general sentiment on this site is the Mike Garcia is an honest, helpful man who is known to sell a good product, I was just interested in this particular wheelset. -thanks, Erik]
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Why don't you call him? He loves to talk about bicycle wheels. He'll tell you what his customers say.
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cryogenic has a set that he's had for a while now. I'm sure he'll be on here sometime soon to tell you what he thinks. I'm pretty sure that he's very happy with them....
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Old 08-04-05, 08:47 AM
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Martin are those wheels you bought from Mike staying true?
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My front wheel is staying true with absolutely no problem. My rear wheel needs a little touch up about every other ride. However, I bought these wheels fully knowing that I am very hard on wheels, and that I'm pushing the weight limit for any lightweight wheel, and that this (the rear at least) won't be my everyday wheel. I'm actually in the process of waiting for Mike to bulid me a new rear with a Deep V rim, XE spokes and speedcific hub.
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*bump* i'm thinking about a niobium 30 for a new rear.
I'm 178lbs, and currently ride 20front 24rear bontrage race. The rear keeps going wobbly on me after a month, i even get lose spokes. I might have the LBS use lock tight thread locker next time, but i'm worried about getting a 24 spokie niobium 30, i'd like to get as little spokes as possible to get a lighter and more aero wheel, i don't mind paying a little extra to true my wheen a little more often.
A bunch of people have posted " i like my nio30's anyone care to be a bit more detailed? still true? your weight?

additionaly, i was also looking for other options, i'd almost preffer something a little bigger for the rear wheel, closer to 45-50mm deep aero design, any good deals on something like this for a rear wheel? while still keeping the weight down, aswell as the price?

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Old 08-09-05, 04:42 AM
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Derek, if you are looking more for aerodynamics than weight, you may want to consider choosing a heavier duty rim with fewer spokes. Something like the Velocity Deep V or Sun Swift, (both are 30mm deep) with 20 or 24 spokes. They won't be the lightest things around, but they will be strong and pretty quick with the deeper profile and fewer spokes.
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I have a set of Niobium 30's and they're fantastic. Granted I'm only 135 lbs so there's no way I'm as hard on wheels as you clydesdales. I have had to true my rear once, although it wasn't rubbing the pads or anything. It was actually barely noticeable and if I wasn't so horribly anal-retentive I wouldn't have even bothered to get it trued (the guy that did it turned 2 spokes 1/4 turn and it was back to normal). I ride them everyday on the less-than-perfect TN roads and haven't had any issues so far. They roll like crazy and spin up fairly quickly. I'm running 20 spoke front/24 rear with the XE14 bladed spokes. I actually end up coasting up on guys who weigh 50-60 lbs more than me going downhill. I'm not sure if it's because of the wheels or what, but I can't help but be impressed. They're great wheels for sure. Heck, I've even taken them off road a few times over short distances and they've done ok.
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
I have a set of Niobium 30's and they're fantastic. Granted I'm only 135 lbs so there's no way I'm as hard on wheels as you clydesdales. I have had to true my rear once, although it wasn't rubbing the pads or anything. It was actually barely noticeable and if I wasn't so horribly anal-retentive I wouldn't have even bothered to get it trued (the guy that did it turned 2 spokes 1/4 turn and it was back to normal). I ride them everyday on the less-than-perfect TN roads and haven't had any issues so far. They roll like crazy and spin up fairly quickly. I'm running 20 spoke front/24 rear with the XE14 bladed spokes. I actually end up coasting up on guys who weigh 50-60 lbs more than me going downhill. I'm not sure if it's because of the wheels or what, but I can't help but be impressed. They're great wheels for sure. Heck, I've even taken them off road a few times over short distances and they've done ok.
Could you post some pics of these wheels for us to see**********? I am interested in these as well!
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dido the pics, i have yet to see a picture of the actual rim, not just a cgi rendition.
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Yes, a picture would be nice. I have no idea what these wheels look like. However the prospect of a deep profile light wheel is very alluring even sight unseen.
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http://gallery.whatthe****.info/thumbnails.php?album=23

This link is in cryogenic's signature--where it says "My 17.5lb Fuji". There's pics of the bike with the wheels in there.
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Click the link in his sig. He has photos of them there.
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anyone else just see a price jump???? wow, i had a set priced for like 350 or so, now i go to look agian and it's like 429$. might not be worth it now, i just wanted to pick up a practical rear wheel for a little more aero advantage and a little lighter, but ya..

for those of you lazier then me, here's the pic

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I have a front niobium wheel. I'm 137lbs and am hard on wheels because of the roads I ride. I would recommend a much more robust wheel if you're much heavier than mine as I've managed to tweak the rim out of true several times.

That being said, they perform as advertised. With the Speedcific hubs, these wheels are pretty light and coast very well.
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