I read up that 29er and 700c wheels are basically the same size. If I'm running a CX bike with disc brakes and 135mm MTB rear spacing, would 29er wheels work? and with CX tires, such as a 33mm width? Reason I'm asking is because there are a ton of tubular and tubeless 29er wheels at a good price:) That market is more mature.
Have you really seen a lot of tubular 29er wheels? Tubeless, yes, but I'm not sure if i've ever seen a tubular 29er tire yet - some 26" tubular mtb tires seen now from a few companies, but not many. But if you have 135mm spacing and discs, you can really go pretty crazy with either wider 700c or 29er rims (no real difference anyway). the wider rims can work well for cx tires - especially to add a bit more volume.
Good catch! You're right, there is only an abundance of tubeless 29er wheels. I'm hoping the wider Stan's Crest tubeless rims as opposed to the Alpha 340's will help prevent burping -- although I'm only assuming a width to burping relation exists for low pressures. I would love to see an Alpha 340 without a clincher rim for the ultimate in low rotational weight:) All, what do you think rotational weight is worth in CX? For example, would you rather have a half pound off the rims or a pound and a half off the frame?
as always, thanks everyone for the great advice