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Postby jeepskate » April 28th, 2013, 10:09 pm

So I guess first off I ride short travel 26 wheeled headshok cannondales, one ss and one geared. I am having a lot of trouble keeping wheels alive, especially on the ss. Here is a list of carnage all from the past year or so. I am 6ft, 145 lbs running tubes for the most part.

Easton one ss: bent rear rim, smoked rear bearings all within two rides on poto.

Xt/mavic 717 combo ran ss: I did buy this set used, but in good condition. Pulled three nipples out of the rim and folded a sidewall over yesterday. Maybe five rides by me, can't imagine many more by the p.o.

Xtr/crest combo: these ones have given me nothing but trouble since day one. Have been professionally trued several times ( rear) and torn down and re stressed twice. Have many rides on these ones, but they need re trued every couple rides.

Is this what I get for buying higher end parts, or am I doing something wrong? Maybe I need to get a set of freeride wheels for my cross country bikes? Any advise would be great. Mike
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Re: need advise on wheels

Postby c0nsumer » April 28th, 2013, 10:14 pm

Maybe you just ride hard? It's also hard to say with used stuff...

I can say that I'm not particularly careful, but I'm also not a terribly hard rider either, and I've had great luck with Velocity Blunt SL rims, Salsa Semi rims (discontinued but still available), and the DT Swiss 470s that came on an older bike. All were on pretty well built wheels that had a lot of time spent destressing them and fiddling with them before fitting them to a bike. After that I mostly just clomp over whatever, most mindful of trying to avoid pinch flats or denting the rim when set up tubeless.
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Re: need advise on wheels

Postby Roy » April 29th, 2013, 6:53 am

You did not say what air pressure you run in your tires or what kind of rear hub. ( older C'Dale cartridge bearings had problems)

Try running max pressure for a while. You will soon adjust to the small loss of traction. ( the tire is part of the wheel structural system )

Before every ride make sure all the spokes are tight and check the wheel bearings by pulling outward on rim or spokes. If you feel any play, adjust the bearings before your ride.

If this does not work for you, buy some heavy duty rims and down hill tires. Heavy duty down hill tires weigh a lot more, but give back a lot of side to side control.

If you are running Head Sox fatty's drop the air pressure a little. ( not less then 145psi) A little extra sag will not hurt. The C'Dale valving will still suck up the big hits at Poto.

Finally, allow the bike to float under you on the Poto's rocky down hill runs.

Keep trying different fixes - it is a learning process. When you are done you will be smarter then anybody that gave you advise.

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Re: need advise on wheels

Postby CraveSingletrack » April 30th, 2013, 10:02 am

Interesting. I was talking to one of the fastest elite racers in the state, and he runs a racegold on the front and crest on the rear usually. He's 170-180lbs and INSANELY fast. I have had zero issues on my crests thus far, and I'm around 180lbs. I don't ride them daily tho, I run them part time, and when I have a decent gap in between races I put my mustangs back on.
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Re: need advise on wheels

Postby c0nsumer » April 30th, 2013, 10:06 am

kyleRIG29er wrote:Interesting. I was talking to one of the fastest elite racers in the state, and he runs a racegold on the front and crest on the rear usually. He's 170-180lbs and INSANELY fast. I have had zero issues on my crests thus far, and I'm around 180lbs. I don't ride them daily tho, I run them part time, and when I have a decent gap in between races I put my mustangs back on.


He (and you) may also be WAY better at picking smooth lines and letting the bike float around under you.
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