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Another carbon wheel question

Old 02-28-11, 06:28 PM
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Another carbon wheel question

I'm in the market for some 50mm carbon clinchers. I'm down to two choices. Boyd Cycling's offering, or Soul's option.

https://www.boydcycling.com/clinchers/c50.html

https://bikesoul.com/2009/index.php?o...id=6&Itemid=16

Lifted the above from pdedes post, but I am looking at the same two options.

Couple of questions

1. Can I expect a reasonable increase in speed if my avg speed over rolling terrain is around 20 mph?

2. Plan to use this as everyday wheels and I live in India where roads are not so good. Having said that, I usually ride on good tarmac, but India has these specialties called speed breakers [even on freeways]. I've heard that carbon wheels are pretty tough and can take quite a beating? True? Or would I have to baby them?

Is it stupid to use carbon wheels as everyday wheel?

Currently using the Soul s3s, and was hoping to buy some speed ;-)
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Bump?

Been thru the search etc but still not getting an idea of how much of a beating carbon wheels might be able to take.

Would the speed breakers or an occasional pothole be a bad idea for carbon wheels?

How many of you guys use carbon wheels on less than perfect roads?
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I'd stick to aluminum if I were you.
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I ride carbon on a regular basis. Pretty tough all in all. How much do you weigh?
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78kgs.

While stiens advise is probably the sensible thing for me to do, I really am looking forward to riding some nice 50mm clinchers.
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buy the carbon. these wheels are being used for cyclocross too. btw, i just checked my usps shipping advice from boyds, the wheels are a couple of days away from me.

if you're really worried, put some 25mm rubber on them.
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Get the carbons, slow down over the speedbumps.
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Yeah, I guess so.

pdedes reminding me that they are used in cyclocross convinced me.

Now, Boyds or Souls?
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with the soul's, you are going to wait four weeks before they are even built. boyd has stock. mine were sent day after my order. cheaper too.
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Souls are lighter and easier for me to get into India. Have sent a mail to Boyd, hope it works out.
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The Boyd's are great wheels, Boyd Johnson is a local cyclist around Greenville, where I live, and his wheels are very well respected. I have ridden with him and with many people that use his wheels, and everyone I know loves them. Not to mention they are very affordable.
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