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Getting OUT of tubulars... selling goodies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kris Fleming Jan 27. 8 Replies

WTB ChrisCross tubeless rims... first impressions??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Wood Dec 30, 2013. 5 Replies

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Cohen Sep 28, 2013. 7 Replies

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Kris Fleming replied to Paul's discussion WTB Cross Boss or Nano 40c TCS out yet?
"Yeah, I heard October.  WTB is usually pretty fast and friendly via email, as you discovered.  I have a set of the CrossWolf and have been using it front only.  Really digging it.  But agree a bit more volume would be nice. …"
Thursday
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
""Wider rims help prevent pinch flats and allow a lower psi as such, but I think they are easier to roll an open tubular type tire off of since the tire doesn't neck down as much at the rim interface.  My experience points towards…"
Sep 11
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
"Thanks Kurt.  Certainly some valid points in there.  What I am still confused about is "pinch flatting is the #1 mechanism to flat a clincher and a wider rim will help that for sure".  Are you saying a wider rim helps…"
Sep 11
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
"Kurt - interesting take.  Everything I've seen and experienced flips your input on it's head.  Would love to hear more around narrow vs. wide rims and psi vs. rider weight.  I've got 20+ lbs on your 150lb "danger…"
Sep 10
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
"My take: I've run tubulars and clinchers with latex tubes and am in the process of building a set of tubeless wheels.  Each has their merits.   Clinchers with butyl are not ideal.  Swapping to latex tubes gives much better…"
Sep 10
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
"Ryan, Based on that, I still think the PDX might be a better choice.  What you might give up to the Rhino in suppleness will be given back in durability.  YMMV."
Sep 8
Kris Fleming replied to Ryan R's discussion Best all around cyclocross tubular
"OP - what are you trying to prioritize?  Your list is a bit all over the place.  mud tire, mixed conditions, mixed conditions, mud/mixed conditions, mixed conditions.  That is just based on tread pattern.  if I were to have…"
Sep 8
Kris Fleming replied to Jeffrey Davis's discussion Best tubeless tire for a 210lb clydesdale
"Maybe the WTB Crosswolf?  I've heard the Vittoria XL is pretty quick rolling for a "mud tire" as well.   Out of curiosity - running the PDX tubed with butyl or latex?"
Sep 6
Kris Fleming replied to Steve Morris's discussion Specialized Crux Comp Disc Cyclocross Bike
"So, what size is it?  Don't see that detail in post."
Sep 5
Kris Fleming commented on Richard Preuhs's blog post I am looking for Someone who can Mentor me to learn Cyclocross
"Richard, "looking like a dummy" is part of the fun.  Stumbles and spills are part of the game.  Get over it and go have some fun, if you are lucky, you'll get some good heckles from the crowd, that will be a sign you are…"
Sep 3
Kris Fleming commented on Richard Preuhs's blog post I am looking for Someone who can Mentor me to learn Cyclocross
"There are likely local clinics put on by shops or teams that would help you understand the necessary skills.  There are also a ton of online and hardcopy materials (including this Magazine) to help you.  Really the best way to get it, in…"
Sep 2
Kris Fleming replied to Greg Basa's discussion How many CX races did you watch before racing?
"Echo Chris' response.  I think I did a bit of internet video research, but had never been to a CX race before showing up at my first race as a participant.  Don't worry about "looking like a fool", even the folks that…"
Aug 28
Kris Fleming replied to Paul's discussion Tubeless setup? WTB Crosswolf TCS on Stans Alpha 400?
"Funny Bob, understood just the opposite for the Alphas, that the rimstrip is an imperative for low pressure applications, hence coming free with the rim purchase.  Has the design been changed/updated?"
Aug 25
Kris Fleming replied to Rob Jones's discussion Shoe Recommendation
"Awhile back CXM did some reviews of a few different shoe models.  Shoes are VERY personal, as our feet are all pretty different.  You can likely get away with most mountain-oriented models, depending on the features you are looking…"
Aug 18
Kris Fleming replied to mitch levy's discussion Sudden frame failure
"I can see Anne's point on the steerer tube.  That is ALOT of spacers and kinda begs the question if the bike was the right size/fit.  If you were doing alot of out of the saddle hammering, that could be more stress than it is designed…"
Aug 7
Kris Fleming replied to Thomas Heidbrier's discussion Oval Concepts 327cx erd
"Ok, so looking to reuse spokes from a previous build, but swapping out the hub?  Shouldn't you be looking for a hub with the same flange diameter and spacing? I would never trust the ERD numbers from anyone except my own measurements.…"
Aug 4

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At 8:47am on January 30, 2014, c-note said…

Hi Kris:  Did you read the online cxmagazine interbike article about the ChrisCross?  It was designed as a system with the CrossWolf tire using one of the UST standards.  They wanted to be standards driven.  I was surprised that the tire bead is not squared-it actually looks kinda normal-and the rim sidewall is a bit tall.  Regardless it took a bit to seal at the bead, which also surprised me for an designed-from-the-ground system, but it has been totally reliable since.  

The CrossWolf is mixed conditions with good mud performance.  I say mixed since the center knobs are staggered, but lined up so it rolls well on hard surfaces and the other knobs are spaced well for mud and loose surfaces.  I think it's a great all around tread, with enough aggressive traction.  

I can't say enough about the Vittoria Cross XL 33.  The tight square bead seals up on anything, including road tubeless rims, even without sealant. Production tires coming out this month!  THat'll work on the chrisCross for sure.  Andrew has endorsed the new Hutchinson tubeless and likes the big volume.  That should be an alternative for the CrisCross too.  

I have the most experience with Stan's, as I was an early adopter for 'cross and that was the only real choice with the 355 29er. I was hoping the CrissCross was the replacement for that but I have to try other tires first to say if it is.  I'll slap a different tire on today maybe and report back.

 

Stan's Alpha 340/400 were designed for road tubeless and are less reliable for CX UNLESS you use the rimstrip.   IronCross and Crest are the best Stan's choices for CX with just the yellow tape.   I mention the Crest because you can fudge it to run with rim brakes.  Kenda conversions and SCT work easily and reliable, as does Specialized 2Bliss (Captians have great volume and tread but no longer made and supply is dwindling!) Non-2Bliss is neither easy to seal, nor reliable.  Panaracer (that incluedes the IRD Crossfire) and Michelin are great conversions, but just know conversions need more time to set up since you have to seal the sidewalls.  Those are my "plug and play" choices.  

Did you read the upgrade article in Issue 22?  That covers important points about tubeless.  

That's more than you asked for, but I'm happy to share my experiences.

At 9:54pm on January 29, 2014, c-note said…
I'm free to chat sometime on Thursday 1/30
At 10:00am on March 23, 2012, Josh Gelfand said…

Oops. Ship to :

Revolution Glass

C/O Josh Gelfand

108 Arena St.

El Segundo, CA 90245

It's a commercial business 

Thanks and please keep me posted on shipping details.

At 7:35pm on August 25, 2010, Alex Litzky said…
Carpooling is an option then haha. Are you interested in those training rides in rutgers?
At 7:31pm on August 25, 2010, Alex Litzky said…
Larchmont, you self?
At 11:57am on October 23, 2009, Chris Clary said…
Sounds great. 773-818-4908 is my cell, and my address is 647 W 207th (corner of Seaman). What's the cargo space situation? Bike only? Room for a trainer? Either is fine by me.

See you Sunday!

Chris
At 11:44am on October 23, 2009, Chris Clary said…
Kris,

No offers from others. Still interested in picking me up? I can meet you at the bridge if that would be easier. Your call.

Much thanks,
Chris

773-818-4908
At 9:52am on October 21, 2009, Chris Clary said…
Sounds good. i'll send you an update on Friday.

Much thanks,
C
At 9:45am on October 21, 2009, Chris Clary said…
Manhattan. I live in Inwood (at the top of Manhattan), but I can meet up anywhere.
 
 
 

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