Monday, September 6, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Picked up an early set of Madfiber wheels while I was in Oregon this weekend.
Serial number 000149 - fresh off the press!!
I've taken a very quick spin on an unglued front wheel, and I can say they seem very stiff and pretty smooth.
Considering they weigh less, and are more aero than a set of Mavic CCU's, these could be the real deal!
Details to follow, but here is the visual evidence:
Still unglued - 1 Vittoria, and 1 Challenge Seta...now which one to choose?
Finish quality of the rims seems right up there with Mavic and Lightweight...
Spokes have a bit of flex to them when given the hand-clamp test.
Rear wheel is a bit rougher in terms of finish.
Madfiber Prez Rik Hjertberg claims things will be cleaned up as production moves along:
Stickers are simple, and easily removeable.
Downside is they seem prone to peeling:
- Even though these were slightly above claimed weight, the wind-up is non-existent...extremely light wheels tend to have this effect.
- Stiffness is pretty awesome. I was cranking the watts to my max, and felt no flex whatsoever...on par with Lightweights, and perhaps even a step above my old Mavic CCUs. At my height and weight (6'2" / 175 lbs) I can usually detect even minimal flex.
- Ride quality is actually pretty good...I'd say slightly smoother than most deep aero wheelsets, though the FMB's may account for some of that. In any event, these are not what I would characterize as super-harsh...they seem capable of deflecting a bit of vibration without losing stiffness.
- A major compliment to the White Industries rear hub as well...very smooth and TOTALLY SILENT. No freewheeling noise whatsoever, which is just damn cool.
- Braking was very solid, and pretty silent. I'd say about an 8/10 on both fronts. Impressive.
- At this point, I have only two small complaints:
1. Front hub does not seem to spin all that smoothly. I've had other wheelsets that lose friction as they break in, so I'm hoping the same happens in this case, though any tips are appreciated.
2. The stickers are of somewhat dubious quality - already a bit of peeling going on, though I will almost certainly remove them anyways, so maybe this point should in fact be a positive!
Here are some crappy pics...I'll get some better photos up eventually...
Passoni Ray Carb with Madfiber wheels...coming off was a set of Edge 1.68s, so no slouch, but these felt stiffer and lighter.
FMB tires seem very supple to the touch...ride quality was superb, and they surely helped on that front.
Sticker quality leaves a lot to be desired...they'll probably be removed soon.
Thanks for checking in, and look for more details, pictures and a further ride report soon.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thought I should share here as well, and I will update this posting over time...
Based on performance and value I'd rank them:
- Veloflex Extreme - light, smooth and not too pricey (as seen on my ITM's in the intro posting)
- Dugast Silk - best ride quality hands down, price is fair, but durability might be an issue - see my Trek Madone posting for those
- Vittoria Corsa 320 - slightly more supple than the old version and can be found everywhere
- 2010 Schwalbe Ultremo - light, and smooth, but appear a bit fragile
- Challenge Criterium / Forte cotton - great value in a good all-around package
- Veloflex Carbon / Criterium - older, heavier version of the Extreme, still a great tubular
- Dugast Cotton - Nice tire, but harsher than the silk for almost the same price
- Vittoria Corsa 290 - The former benchmark
- Conti Competition / GP 4000 - solid tires, and pretty durable, but average ride quality
- Zipp Tangente - not cheap, so-so ride quality, and I just don't believe the dimples do anything
- Tufo (anything) - harsh ride, but light and cheap
- Conti Sprinter - boat anchors, but hold up well to major miles
- Getting some cotton FMB CX's in from Fairwheel, and
- Challenge Seta's in from Ribble
We will see how those run and I can then add to this list.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
(click on images for full-sized pic)
Here she is with Lew Pro VT-1 wheels with Dugast Silk tubbies.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
LW GEN III Special Editions
Veloflex Carbon Tubulars already glued
These are ballin' - white spokes and hubs
Incredibly stiff ride, but the frameset is smooth, so the combo is perfect...
To enlarge, click: http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq348/cippoforlife/IMG_0765.jpg
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I've decided to move things over from weebly to blogspot.
This new blog will be used for recent gear arrivals, reviews, and commentary:
The older stuff, including bikes, wheels and parts for sale, will remain at:
And older does not mean crappy...