- Road Disc brake wheel upgrade1 year 5 weeks agoas I'm putting together a cx
as I'm putting together a cx disk braked bike I've been looking at wheels a lot recently so excuse me if I bore a bit on this... Anyway, the choice of off-the-shelf stuff is pretty limited and personally I reckon that option only offers value for money at the low end of the price range, once you're spending upwards of £250 then a handbuilt wheel is going to be the best option.
In terms of parts then for rims you should look at Stan's Alpha, Velocity A23, HPlus Son Archetype and actually pretty much any road rim like an Open pro, or something from DTswiss but those first 3 have anodised brake tracks so they look more 'discy'.
There are lots of nominally 29er rims that look like they might also serve as road rims but their compatibility with narrower tyres and higher pressures is not always clear so it's a bit of a minefield that you might want to avoid.
For hubs, shimano now do an Ultegra disc hub (cx75) which is 28h and 11 speed compatible, DT swiss do plenty of lightweight-ish MTB/CX hubs, there's Hope Pro2 Evo, Novatech and so on. The Shimano XT hubs are mtb parts but the same spacing and the same weight as the cx75 but 9/10 speed only.
Personally those Novatech CXD wheels look too lightly spoked to me, looks like they are trying to save weight in the least logical place.
Kinesis do a disc wheel for £300 which got decently reviewed here but I've read mixed reviews elsewhere and it seems like you could get a handbuilt wheel of similar specs for the same price.
In the end, my budget is a bit lower than yours and I'm looking for something I can use off-road as well so am going for Archetype rims on 32h XT hubs.
Let us know what you go with or if you find other options.
- Abus Granit X-Plus D-lock1 year 5 weeks agodel_boy13 wrote:As the reviewdel_boy13 wrote:
As the review mentions any bike lock that is practical to carry can be beaten by someone with power tools.
I really just think of locks as providing a hassle factor for a casual thief and not as something that is ever going to really deter a serious robber. My hope is that most junkies etc won't walk around with a battery powered angle grinder.
I've got one of these locks, and I know that if someone really wants my bike it won't stop them. But it will stop someone taking a fancy to it as they pass, and maybe make even better equipped thieves move on to something else that will take 30 seconds less to get through.
A lock like this might be a condition of insurance too.
- Focus launch new lighter Mares CX cycle-cross bike with disc brakes and bolt-thru axles1 year 5 weeks agozzgavin wrote:typo in thezzgavin wrote:
typo in the intro "The frame and fork has been put on a dirt," diet you mean
Grumpy whinge comment edited
- Podium Cafe VDS1 year 5 weeks agoAlready lost Nizzolo to a
Already lost Nizzolo to a broken collarbone!!
- Stephen Roche urges Northern Irish public to 'Be Part of the Start' when the Giro d'Italia hits Belfast1 year 5 weeks ago& Antrim council let the
& Antrim council let the police reroute the ride completely away from the previously planned town centre, because.. wait for it, it would block the road to the airport!!!!
seriously WTFFIN FU!!! this is the biggest single sporting event to come to Northern Ireland .... LIKE EVER, EVER!!!!!
but they can let drunken supposed bands!! close every damn road in the town year in year out every 12th,
this is such a bad decision it is beyond words
angry doesn't even come close
- Cannondale CAAD10 Frameset1 year 5 weeks agoSOLD
- Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 5 weeks agoMonday bump if it was missed.
Monday bump if it was missed.
- Mosaic RT-1 titanium road bike frame1 year 5 weeks agoIs the fork included in the
Is the fork included in the price for the frame? Pretty good value for custom Ti in my book. That head badge kills me though.. Braze it, glue it, pop rivet it; anything has got to better than a couple of galvanised SrewFix bolts. It's like going to a fancy restaurant and being given a slice of Hovis.
Why does anyone care which tubes are used when you can spec anything you like for yours anyway?
- Inside Line Equipment Default rucksack1 year 5 weeks agoEchoing Paul_C's comment,
Echoing Paul_C's comment, here's one at £21
Same orange, a similar looking capacity, just without the back-padding and the multiplicity of pockets. However, at a saving of almost £150, one might overlook such...
- Loksak aLoksak waterproof gadget protector1 year 5 weeks agoThose pointy corners look
Those pointy corners look perfect for catching on your jersey and pulling threads when you slide it into a pocket.
Also, the claim about being the only ones on the market - what about: http://jerseybin.com/
- Flooding forces closure of part of Bristol & Bath Railway Path1 year 5 weeks agoGuess that solves the
Guess that solves the #bloodycyclists problem for now anyway...
- Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks agoThis is not news, i'd be
This is not news, i'd be "impressed" if you could find a councillor who does like cycling...
- Flooding forces closure of part of Bristol & Bath Railway Path1 year 5 weeks agoJust to add a touch of
Just to add a touch of context to my tweet:
"If it was REALLY dangerous there would be no way to get through."
I was referring to the fact that even though the council said it was closed for safety reasons, it was still simple to get on and off the path (just a footpath closed sign as far as I'm aware). As I read my own words here (without some of my other tweets on the subject to help frame it) it sounds a touch like I was saying "oh come on, it's not that bad". It is bad, because we shouldn't expect commuters, kids, whoever, to cycle through water this deep and say "just get on with it".
To me the whole thing was a liability reduction exercise, aimed at covering the council's backs if someone did manage to hurt themselves, and that's what my tweet was getting at. I think this is shameful, as this hasn't just "crept up" on the council. People have been moaning about this for ages.
Add to this their communications on where the closure is has been poor, as has their simple "find alternative routes" stance. What alternatives? The busy A4 dual carriageway, or the A431 which as we speak has a partial closure to stop it sliding down the hillside (see http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Concerns-safety-Kelston-Road-Bath/story-2...)
- Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks agoA councillor for Welwyn
A councillor for Welwyn Garden City - home to a female double gold medallist at London 2012 - can't see the value in having a women's bike race in the town?
Look, I can understand him querying whether one thing or another is a good use of funds. And to be honest - why are there no bins? But it's things like this that make me despair about this country. In France, towns compete to be be where the TdF stages start from, let alone finish...
- 50mm aero wheels - advice appreciated1 year 5 weeks agoI can't comment on the three
I can't comment on the three you have listed but I do have the RS80 C50 wheels and they are superb. The only criticism is the longevity of the bearings/grease but you can buy service kits at a reasonable price and it is straightforward to do. I have never had issues with spokes and the wheels have never required truing in 2 years of regular use.
Hardly scientific, but I have a 17mile training route which is a bit lumpy and back to back average speeds with C50 vs. C24 is the same; I'm a little slower climbing on the C50 wheelset but faster on flat 25mph+ segments.
- Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks agogb901 wrote:He has a pointgb901 wrote:
He has a point though; whos really bothered about women's cycling and a relatively minor race at that?
My nerdy sarcasm barrier can't tell if this is a joke or not (
- Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks ago“It got very little
“It got very little television coverage, what hope is there [the women’s tour] will raise £50,000?
Not sure that is true, will the local community not make the money back with people associated with the tour and spectators spending money in shops, cafes.. even parking in council run car parks
put it in context, it's only two years worth of "expenses" a councillor can claim.(actually that figure is based on my local authority, but you get the drift!)
- Project One - Unofficial Vote for registered users only1 year 5 weeks agoMine aside ofc... I vote GREG
Mine aside ofc... I vote GREG WHITTON
- Cannondale to launch CAAD10 track bike?1 year 5 weeks agoHow long is that stem??
How long is that stem??
- Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks agoHe has a point though; whos
He has a point though; whos really bothered about women's cycling and a relatively minor race at that?
- Inside Line Equipment Default rucksack1 year 5 weeks agogood heavens, I can get a
good heavens, I can get a genuinely waterproof 20 litre sailing rucksack for a fraction of that price... a mere snip at just £35.95
- London Bike Show 2014: Parlee, Starley, NeilPryde, Cannondale, Singular and Primal1 year 5 weeks agoFrameset on that particular
Frameset on that particular one isn't available yet but I am sure as we get into 2015 (frighteningly only 6 months away) then we will have something. Ta.
- Podium Cafe VDS1 year 5 weeks agoStill tinkering with my men's
Still tinkering with my men's team but submitted my women's team already, the name is "Right-handed OuOuOranges" if you're interested.
Men's team wise, trying to decide whether to pick Sagan or not (he can't do as well as last year surely?!) and then whether Booner or Gilbert will be back to full form this year or whether last year was the start of a proper slide.
- Bodmin council admits getting more people to cycle, walk and take public transport is 'unrealistic' - so decides to build another road instead1 year 5 weeks agoVeNT wrote:tbh don't blameVeNT wrote:
tbh don't blame people for not wanting to cycle in bodmin, EVERY STREET IS UP A HILL.
no joke, if you've not been, go. it's mad.
I think you may have confused Bodmin with the works of M.C. Escher.
- Is SRAM developing a cyclocross 1x11 groupset?1 year 5 weeks ago853rider wrote:"Excuse the853rider wrote:
"Excuse the ignorant MTB'r but couldn't you just run a 10spd MTB cassette with a 11-36 ratios and a clutch rear mech and one of the any number of aftermarket thick-n-thin chainrings that are already out there to get nearly the same effect?"
Yup, I run an X0 rear mech with a Force crank running 38/46 rings, and a mate runs the X0 rear and XO crank with a single ring.
Yes I'm sure you could, though can't say for certain without actually trying it. That isn't what SRAM is developing here though is it