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Are you riding carbon wheels every day?

Old 03-23-09, 11:28 AM
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Are you riding carbon wheels every day?

just wondering if any one here rides deep section carbon clinchers or even tubular as an everyday wheel?

what has been your experience? how many spokes are you running? what kind of roads?

i'm interested in a set of edge clinchers, but i wouldn't want a "sunday wheel" only.
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Carbon everyday

I don't ride everyday, more like 3 to 4 times a week, but when I ride it is on carbon wheels (except in wet conditions). I run the stock Reynolds Assaults with some tweaks to get the weight down a bit. They're very good wheels and I don't have any issues with them. Around KC we get everything from butter smooth suburban neighborhoods to some rough and tumble neglected roads out in who-knows-where. I've hit a pothole or two also...no problems.

I can't say I'd pony up the money for Edge wheels and ride them everyday, but the Reynolds were spot on.
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Old 03-23-09, 11:53 AM
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I ride my dv46c's everytime I ride, and have been since I got them late last May. These are the 16/20 spoke ones. I've No problems so far. Roads here vary from fantastic to fantastically crappy.
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I do ride the Williams 38c's quite a bit on the road, they're my main training wheels. Raced on them twice this weekend too, between training and racing, about 90 miles over two days.
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Originally Posted by redmist View Post
just wondering if any one here rides deep section carbon clinchers or even tubular as an everyday wheel?

what has been your experience? how many spokes are you running? what kind of roads?

i'm interested in a set of edge clinchers, but i wouldn't want a "sunday wheel" only.
do you race?
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Old 03-23-09, 12:02 PM
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I'm riding aluminum wheels everyday and whenever it is that i buy a set of deep section carbon wheels im going to tubular (prob EC90 Aeros) and don't plan on riding them outside of races. BUT I am planning on getting a used power tap later this year and I think I might lace it to a used carbon clincher rim which I will be able to train and race on.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
do you race?

yes- i'm on a subteam of CRCA.


are you guys training on tubes or clincher carbon wheels?

how long have you had the wheels and what kind of mileage have you put on them? any issues?
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Originally Posted by redmist View Post
yes- i'm on a subteam of CRCA.


are you guys training on tubes or clincher carbon wheels?

how long have you had the wheels and what kind of mileage have you put on them? any issues?
how long have you been riding?
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Originally Posted by foresthill View Post
I ride my dv46c's everytime I ride, and have been since I got them late last May. These are the 16/20 spoke ones. I've No problems so far. Roads here vary from fantastic to fantastically crappy.
I have a month old set of DV46C ULs and I am using them for everyday wheels; I don't race. I have found the DV46s to have a smoother ride than the 34MM aluminum based wheels I swapped out.
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If I had enough cash lying around that I could just replace a $2K wheelset if/when I broke it on a training ride, sure, I guess I would ride carbon wheels all the time. But really, what's the point? There's really no perceptible benefit for everyday riding, and all you're doing is increasing the likelihood and cost of damaging a wheel.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
how long have you been riding?
riding? i rode "seriously" in my teens into early 20's, then stopped for a while for school and beyond. i used a bike for commuting and errands- but those are "junk miles". i started training again 3 years ago and this is my 2nd year racing. i also have been racing at kissena.

is there an experience qualification for carbon rims? or are you going to tell me worry about my fitness and lose 10 lbs. before i drop $1,500 on a set of rims that will give me a 5 meter advantage over box-section rims after 20 miles (followed by pointing me to this site:https://analyticcycling.com/)?


Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
If I had enough cash lying around that I could just replace a $2K wheelset if/when I broke it on a training ride, sure, I guess I would ride carbon wheels all the time. But really, what's the point? There's really no perceptible benefit for everyday riding, and all you're doing is increasing the likelihood and cost of damaging a wheel.
i wouldn't want to ride them every day, but every once in a while besides racing would be nice.
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Old 03-23-09, 03:13 PM
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reynolds DV46T great ride I personally prefer tubulars. I have the RAP for $300 so no loss if they get cracked etc.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
If I had enough cash lying around that I could just replace a $2K wheelset if/when I broke it on a training ride, sure, I guess I would ride carbon wheels all the time. But really, what's the point? There's really no perceptible benefit for everyday riding, and all you're doing is increasing the likelihood and cost of damaging a wheel.
Same logic applies to any other nice part for your bike. I don't really race, so any upgrade to my bike is purely for my enjoyment.

I definitely consider the dough I put down for my dv46c's (got them for $1200 lightly used) to have been well-spent. They ride nice, and I even claim a perceived speed difference.

Do what you want to do.
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I've been riding a set of Williams 50 clinchers 5 days a week for about 2 years now. No problems. Not even a broken spoke. I only weigh 145lbs. so I don't stress the wheels that much. I do have another set of wheels but I'm too lazy to switch out the brake pads.

98% of the roads I ride are in good condition so the risk of damage is low.

I race on the same wheels every other weekend.
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I run Neuvation full carbon clinchers full time with 20/24 spokes. The roads are pretty good around here and I only weigh 143 pounds. They work great, I haven't run into any problems running them.

I wouldn't think twice about running carbon wheels full time as long as the roads are halfway decent, especially Edge wheels.
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I run my Hed3's all season long, have done it for many years with no problem.
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Old 03-23-09, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by HOOD View Post
reynolds DV46T great ride I personally prefer tubulars. I have the RAP for $300 so no loss if they get cracked etc.
+1 (but I have the clinchers)
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I ride the Boras every time, all the time. Almost. If the weather is bad, I'll take out a different bike.


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I would if I had some.... just sayin
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No. Are you racing with NYVC now? I know it's tempting since half of your cat. 5 teammates race and train on SRM equipped Serottas and Cervelos with 85mm Edge wheels, but it's definitely not making them any faster.

That did sound a little harsh. I couldn't help it. :-)
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In some circles, training on high zoot wheels is uncool. It's seen as a crutch in training races.
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I ride around 3-4 times a week, race crits 1-2 times a week and I use Reynolds Assaults for both training and racing.

Its been six months and its as great as new. I specifically bought the Reynolds over Zipp 404 clinchers since they advertised that their wheels are " designed to be used for everyday and they have no weight restrictions" tough. So far so good! No changing in racedays just pump up the tyres and normal checks before racing and you are good to go.
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Originally Posted by Pablo. View Post
No. Are you racing with NYVC now? I know it's tempting since half of your cat. 5 teammates race and train on SRM equipped Serottas and Cervelos with 85mm Edge wheels, but it's definitely not making them any faster.

That did sound a little harsh. I couldn't help it. :-)
If you have it use it I say.
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Zip 808's are my everyday wheels, 204 miles last week. About 2000 miles on them so far, the tires are starting to show a little wear. I ride them on good roads, bad roads, potholes and gravel roads. They are better on bad roads and in the wind than my old wheels. If you don't ride them why buy them? My old wheels look as good on the wall as decorations.
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I love Edge Composites wheels. I have been keeping an eye for a new set myself. Check out this review: https://fairwheelbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4437
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