Just curious if anyone else is already planning and scheming for next season? New frame on the way? Waiting for those fancy carbon wheels to go on sale? I'm sure there are plenty of hopes and dreams out there.
Upgraded my frame and swapped as many parts over as were useful. Sold off the old frame to a woman who's brand new to racing and wants to try singlespeed. (Old frame was a little small for me.) New bike is a Redline MonoCog (26" wheels) with pink accents (the gun-metal blue was too somber to stand alone).
It's a little heavier (by almost two pounds!) than the old bike but fits me much better, and since I'm using it for both short-track and cross it's a good choice. Sort of like BMX for big people. I cannot wait to take this baby out to play in our brand new Womens' Singlespeed category at short-track.
It is a classic, but a hell of away to come. Perhaps combine it with a quick hop into belgium by ferry for a race over there. Sounds odd but it feels 'right' racing cross on Belgian soil, like riding a French Alp in the footsteps of the greats.
The guys I ride with are hoping to get a trip to the States sorted, you definitely have the best 24 hour courses in the world.
Wow... I see a fair amount of deep aero wheels, but in the mag, they sort of debunked the need to deep aero rims and found that box rims might be better in sand and mud. So, maybe some old-school rims would be the way to go?
great question. we have yet to do a full test on different kinds of mud, but suspect the soupier the mud, the more like sand, so our popular "myth buster" sand article in issue 7 should apply.
just to clarify, i think the switch to the low pressure potential of tubulars (or for some, tubeless) offers more improvement than the wheel type. so if a used set of easily-serviceable box section tubular rims is what you can get, that's not a bad option.
a light rim is great, and a lighter overall wheel is nice, but going away from high pressure or pinch flats is the goal. out here, we don't get a ton of mud or ride in sand often, and so IMHO a really lightweight wheel that has a deeper (and light) rim is great. for many that can only afford one race wheel and it might have to do dual duty on road, aero (mid to deep section, carbon or alum) rims often offer an attractive option.
rim weights vary though, and some deeper profile rims are heavier, but some deep rims are pretty strong. the biggest thing, as we did our best to highlight in issue 8, is to pay attention to rim weight (and spokes/nipples) if you really care about reducing rotating weight. it baffles me that despite some good info in this VN review posted today, they don't talk about the rim's gluing bed profile or rim weight. I would expect folks laying down that type of money at least want to know that level of detail. the zipp rims are some of the lighter rims, at 346g as listed in our "search for the perfect cyclocross wheel" in issue 8.
A test on rims would be great! I agree that the glue bed of the carbon rims is overlooked; I remember some guys raced on the Cane Creek carbon wheels but I heard a lot of problems with rolled tubie's, due to the width of the rim. Zipp probably has the right idea, with their 303 models, since they are wider than they were in previous versions.
My upgrade for the bike will be getting a set of the new Avid Ultimates.