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    Racing Carbon Wheels?

    Anyone racing on carbon wheels? I have a set of carbon wheels that I ride on when riding trails. Not sure if I want to race them though, seems like all the big dogs ( EWS Pros) are not running carbon. I Imagine for the not breaking factor?

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    I'm running carbon rovals right now and I don't think they will take the abuse, I've popped a handful of spokes on the rear already. Thinking about giving them to my wife and buying a set of carbon + wheels, in addition to alloy 29'ers to race on.
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    I have the heaviest layup that Light Bicycle makes for their 29er wheel, the wider one (cannot think of model). Been riding/racing on them for a year (on a spesh endure 29er for reference) and they are still solid. Had to true the rear wheel once but I have been absolutely abusing them on rocks and they have been impressing me big time!

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    I have similar LB wheels as above, previously ran Stans Flow EX in a heavy weight build. The carbon wheels have been much more durable, have trued the wheels once over a year of ownership (was truing every month or so with the Stans) and plenty of races. I have definitely a plow rider so not easy on my wheels and no issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetdoctor View Post
    I'm running carbon rovals right now and I don't think they will take the abuse, I've popped a handful of spokes on the rear already. Thinking about giving them to my wife and buying a set of carbon + wheels, in addition to alloy 29'ers to race on.
    That's what I have also. I broke a rear wheel last year, so I am kinda gun shy on racing them. Curtis Keene races with them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpearce1475 View Post
    I have similar LB wheels as above, previously ran Stans Flow EX in a heavy weight build. The carbon wheels have been much more durable, have trued the wheels once over a year of ownership (was truing every month or so with the Stans) and plenty of races. I have definitely a plow rider so not easy on my wheels and no issues
    Too funny, I was coming off the same exact FLOW EX's when I made the switch. Could not agree more, much more durability from the LB wheels but then again by opting for the heavy duty carbon lay up I knew I was not going for the lightest wheels around! Shred on!

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    I compared the heavy duty LB carbon rims for racing this year and the Stans Flow MK3s, which I raced last year. The LB rims are only 15g lighter (stated, 29er) per rim lighter, so it was not worth the extra cost and risk of running carbon. I can't say enough good about the Flow MK3s. I've owned the Flow EXs as well and the MK3s are considerably better. I raced them all last season and have yet to dent one, and I usually dent a rim within a month or so; I'm very hard on wheels and tires. The Flow MK3s are lighter, stronger, more laterally stiff and more vertically compliant than the EXs.

    Also, when it comes to tensioning and re-truing your wheels; that is really way more a function of the quality of the wheel build than it is the quality of the components. Many wheels are not built with the care that is required to build up a reliable wheelset that does not need regular truing and retensioning.

    In my opinion, I'm a big fan of aluminum, especially when the weight is relatively similar. When an aluminum rim gets damaged, it's generally a dent that will still hold air and work properly for the remainder of the ride or race and can be fixed pretty well with a wrench. When a carbon rim is damaged, the strength is compromised at best, and at worst will no longer hold air and cannot be repaired but must be replaced (and they're more expensive).

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    I race and ride on my Enve wheels, but would consider using cheaper wheels if it was a sharp rockie track. I'm really only worried about getting a flat tire and hurting the rims. The wheels can take anything the trail dishes out.

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