ian wrote:Indeed, RJK has bought some. As has sbad.
RJK has lent them to me on several occasions and they have been great. I still even have all my teeth! (although I have had a couple of wisdom teeth removed some years ago )
They made quite a noticeable difference to the bike - the standard wheels on my Boardman CX are quite heavy. I gave them a few trips down the fire trails in the Dandenongs (shh, Russell, don't read this bit) and over some fairly rough terrain. No problems. Hubs felt great and rolled like a dream.
I would imagine there are several Chinese manufacturers of carbon rims out there, but this manufacturerapparently produces for some OEM's.
I shall be purchasing a set as soon as the funds will allow. As for the advantages - big weight advantage, rolling resistance and, did I mention, weight
sbad wrote:Like rjk, I too have taken my life into my hands by purchasing some Chinese rims...and lived to tell the tale
I've only had them for a month or two, but I've managed to use them for a mixture of road, bike path and CX'ing on rugged terrain including a recent 110km ride with a bit of everything. I'm usually sitting anywhere around the 89-95Kg mark and have a tendency to throw the bike around a fair bit and I'm getting zero flex out of them. I can only talk from my experience of actually owning some of these Chinese rims, but so far they are rock solid. That's probably partly down to the rims being laced to 32 hole Hope hub goodness and using a decent wheel builder. But they certainly spin up fast on the road and have handled the rough stuff with ease.
Rims set up with 28mm slicks for everything but the muddiest trails:
Atomic Kitten wrote:I'm kinda surprised the brake pad solution has not already occurred to you, to be honest.
Have a racing roadie that only has carbon wheels - and carbon wheel brake blocks.
Have a training roadie that only has aluminium braking surface wheels - and corresponding brake blocks.
You know it makes sense.
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