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Mr Monster Legs 08-18-05 06:07 PM

New wheels for next season
So Iíve been thinking about a new wheelset for next season. I figure I can save all winter and have enough for something really nice. I know I want tubulars and am leaning toward carbon rims (no trispoke). Right now Iím caught between a Zipp 404 wheelset and a Corima Aero wheelset. Does anyone have experience with either or can anyone recommend something of similar quality? Thanks.

Jose R 08-19-05 02:31 PM

I asked a similar question on FixedGearFever in the beginners help forum.

Spectrum provides a good (and opinionated) discussion on rims and wheels here.

Edward Zimmermann provides a good overview on lightweight tubular wheels here.

Neither is specific to track wheels, but good reading.

Since Kissena is an open air track with a bumpy surface, I personally decided on sub 350gm box-sectioned tubular rims laced 28 hole for comfort and lightweight. For the main reason that I am keeping steady at 60Kg.

Most people who ride the Zipps are well-funded (I guess mostly through sponsorship). Its a lot of change to drop on a set of wheels. I have seen good deals on 404 wheelsets (most recently Don Walker was selling a new pair for ~$1,000 in the sales forum).

You are bigger and stronger than me, so you should be able to handle the deep section rims better than I in cross winds.

But, to what benefit and at what cost? Most people have to choose between aerodynamics or lightweight. With the Zipps you get both.

I think you can have someone build a wheelset that would weigh <1,800gms (including tires) using strong light rims, DT revolution spokes, and D/A hubs for less than $600.

The Zipps are on average 1,800gms and priced retail at $1,600.

I think the issues you have to consider are:

your weight
how aggressive you are on the bike
the surface of the track
the wind and air conditions of the track
what type of racing you will be doing

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