Disc Wheel Possibilities?
When I got my CX bike, I wasn't able to get the exact setup I wanted, but I was able to save a lot of money on the bike. The idea was that I could upgrade stuff with the savings. And, of course, the wheels are the place where I think I'll be able to get the best increase in performance. Here's what I'm dealing with now:
I'd like to get a lightweight, strong wheelset that will support my weight. I am willing to build up a set if I have to, and I would also be willing to buy a set of Chinese carbon wheels if I was convinced that the wheels were of good quality (this is an area where I'm pretty clueless). My budget is going to be in the $500 to $700 range.
- I'm 6' and 225lbs.
- Will be using the bike for paved and gravel roads - no trails or competition
- Current wheelset weighs about 2400gr for the pair
- Need disc setup
Suggestions? Or am I dreaming?
Stans has a bunch of options that will drop around 700+ grams off of your current set up. For your weight you might look at the Arch as the Crest is only rated to 190 from what I know. Stan's NoTubes - First Name in Tubeless
Be sure to check your rear spacing though. MTB and most CX bikes are 135mm as are the stans wheel sets. Some CX bikes are only 130mm.
The Arch EX will be perfect for your needs. Relatively light, strong enough for your weight, not so wide that you can't run wide road tires (a 28mm road tire, like the Hutchinson Secteur will work great), wide enough that you can run wide tires if you want, and you can run tubeless very easily if you choose. Plus, they're not very expensive. What's not to love?
Be careful with Stan's rims, when they say they will only hold 45psi they are right. I have had four different tires blow off three different rims in the last couple months, all at about 45psi or less.
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