Taking on the carbon clincher

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Stuart
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Postby Stuart » 15 Mar 2013, 14:18

Interesting read: Its benefits are often questioned, its place in the industry is contentious, and its consumer value is suspect. It could even be flat out dangerous, failing where other products have no problems.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/03/ ... her_277711

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JoTheBuilder
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Postby JoTheBuilder » 15 Mar 2013, 15:13

Makes me glad I decided on carbon tubulars...

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Postby Dougie » 15 Mar 2013, 15:22

I have a set of Shimano RS80 C50's Alu/Carbon clinchers. Best of both worlds. I like to break down hills.

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Postby mikesbytes » 15 Mar 2013, 20:35

I've ridden on carbon clincher HED tri-spokes.

I recon the reason the owner went clincher as that he does triathlons where you need to fix your own flat during a race. IE no support vehicles

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Postby Adrian E » 15 Mar 2013, 23:54

Good article. Thanks Stuart.

It might sound silly but if looks are an issue there are black alloy rims out there!
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/produ ... .32.1.html

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Postby AndrewBurns » 16 Mar 2013, 05:00

Article 1: Carbon clinchers are rubbish!
Article 2: These new mavic carbon clinchers are the bomb!

Forget that they're relatively heavy, shallow section (less aerodynamic benefit) and very expensive...

I have some deep section wheels with aluminium brake tracks and I feel that they do give me a slight benefit but I also think they look cool and I'm happy with the fact that their perceived benefit is probably a placebo.

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Postby Nozzle » 16 Mar 2013, 10:18

I read that article earlier this week and don't feel would change my decision to obtain some carbon clinchers. I'm in the market for some wheels at the moment and would use them for crits and road racing. I don't really fancy the fuss of glueing tubulars so full carbon clinchers fit the brief. The aero effect kicks in at ~38km/hr and up so they suit constant pace of a road race or Crit.

Does anyone own full carbon clinchers and have gone down say Macquarie Pass and lived to tell the tale?

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Postby weiyun » 16 Mar 2013, 10:42

1) The association of the two articles makes me think there's a significant marketing component in the first article.
2) Anyone who has carbon wheels surely would also have at least a set of regular alloy wheels in the stable. It's a matter of choosing the right set of wheels for the circumstance. No more problems.

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Postby mikesbytes » 16 Mar 2013, 20:06

The main thing with wheels is aero, more important than weight. There's a reasonable limit to the depth that alloy goes to, after that its carbon.

Personally if I was paying that much,I'd be looking around. There's some good deals on Zipp 1080's at the moment

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 16 Mar 2013, 20:55

And Zipp 404's. Both BikeBug (LBS) and ChainReaction had some big sales recently.

I chose eBay in the end...


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