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Front Aluminum wheel choice

Old 02-01-12, 05:54 PM
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Front Aluminum wheel choice

Wheel 1 - Easton EA90SLX w/ R4 hubs. 18 spokes, 21mm rim depth. Weight: 645g
Wheel 2 - Kinlin XR300 w/ White Industries H2 hubs. 24 spokes, 30mm rim depth. Weight: ~750g

Which of the above 2 wheels would you use for a mostly flat crit, road race and time trial? The heavier, slightly more deeper dish 30mm wheel or the lightweight 21mm?
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You could go with a XR270 (27mm) rim to save a little weight.

I riding a set of PSImet built XR300 rear with a XR270 front on novatec hubs and DT comp spokes and love them..
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Originally Posted by M_Wales View Post
You could go with a XR270 (27mm) rim to save a little weight.

I riding a set of PSImet built XR300 rear with a XR270 front on novatec hubs and DT comp spokes and love them..
Thanks for the suggestion but I already own both wheels. The XR300 (Psimets) were meant to be training wheels but they seem to perform so well that I don't really see the need to switch them out for the Eastons. Looks like the Poll results are leaning towards my initial thoughts of keeping the XR300s for racing.
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The aerodynamic difference between the 21mm and 30mm rims is actually greater than the aero difference between 30mm and 50mm rims - the benefit diminishes as the rims get deeper.

And on a flat course or TT, aero trumps weight.
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