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Reynolds RZR 46T... The future of race wheels??

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May 18, 2009
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Few things to defend.
Firstly lightweights are good wheels, there just expensive, and hence they get left to the world of fat buisness men for there weekend ride to the local coffe shop. (this is what the lightweight supplier here in Aus was saying). I know lots of people who race on them and love them.
The claim that asian made parts are bad, this is true alot of the time, but just because they come from asia rather then from europe, america etc doesn't really make alot of difference. I mean look at look frames. Lots of them go bad, even the french made ones. Lots of other companies are the same. Its the company and its testing procedures which are important.

Also training on 6000 tubulars? These aren't an everyday wheel, they're tubulars for a start. get your $400 dollar clinchers and smash them, save the expensive stuff for racing.

i think these wheels are best of thought of like the Bugatti Veyron, not for everyone, just the very rich
 
Aug 29, 2009
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i believe as they are actually bonded to the rim of the wheel there would be no need for truing as there isnt necessarily any way for the spokes to move in relation to rim and hub. If a spoke snaps on the other hand - i think the technical term for this is "your f****d".

Im not sure what my view is on the new techy stuff from eurobike etc. I absolutely love looking through the new ideas and designs coming out from different companies - im a marketers dream when it comes to such things - but then i look at the Cervelo line up for this year and i think what a bunch of souless objects.

I feel sometimes that when the engineers and such like get their hands on stuff it kinda just sucks any sort of emotion out of a sport which is draped in history. As has already been mentioned about the two types of cyclist, the tradionalist and the techy. I feel myself drawn between the two. I want bikes to have the technology and the development - but i want the soul of cycling to live on, the epic battles in the alps, the grainy pictures of men reaching down to their tube shifters wilst being strangled by spare tubes wrapped around their shoulders. I get more pleasure looking at old steel frames these days just because to me they are shrouded in mystery and unknown and each one has a past.

Back to the wheels, i myself have a single speed bike (due to currently temporary location for 6months and a good deal) which has box section rims and spokes - there not fancy in any way whatsoever - and the light glistens gentle off them as i roll around - but that old school look just looks right. For some reaosn i just cant imagin i would feel the same way about the reynolds...i would just bore the people around me explaining why the rim is shaped how it is and how much they weigh, until i stick them into the tarmac and *PANG* *CRUNCH* spokes break = wheelset useless
 
RDV4ROUBAIX said:
Bala!!! Dude, you're too funny!!


Yep, I finally got the guts to branch off on my own. Magnetic was created out of necessity for decent hand built everyday wheels. NO Asian parts whatsoever!!!! The official debut isn't until next spring, but will be available for purchase in the next month or so. I'll let everyone know when the site goes live.

Hmmm, and if somebody wants a lower priced wheelset that is Campagnolo compatible? Not sure you are going to do that w/o an 'Asian' hubset, like Formula or Velocity(which are Formula). Miche are nice but according to QBP, only on their wheelsets unless, like Ambrosio, you can source them from Italy.
 
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Bustedknuckle said:
Hmmm, and if somebody wants a lower priced wheelset that is Campagnolo compatible? Not sure you are going to do that w/o an 'Asian' hubset, like Formula or Velocity(which are Formula). Miche are nice but according to QBP, only on their wheelsets unless, like Ambrosio, you can source them from Italy.

Without having to give up my secrets, let's just say don't worry brother, I've got it all covered. ;) This year is my 10 year anniversary in the industry, and over that time I've made lot's of friends and connections. Magnetic Cycling is the result of that.
 
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ambrose said:
The claim that asian made parts are bad, this is true a lot of the time, but just because they come from Asia rather then from Europe, America etc doesn't really make a lot of difference. I mean look at look frames. Lots of them go bad, even the french made ones. Lots of other companies are the same. Its the company and its testing procedures which are important.

Personally, I only use parts in my wheels that come from companies that have a racing pedigree, which consequently all comes from Europe. Companies that use Asian made parts in their wheels are more concerned about their bottom line, when they should be more concerned about the quality of their parts to appease the end user. Profit margin don't mean squat when your customer blows out substandard bearings out of their Asian made hubs every season. I'd rather build a quality product with race proven parts, than cut corners in Asia just to fill my pockets.
 
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Thank you for this post. It's brought back a lot of memories I used to work in a shop that did motorcycle and car wire wheels straighten/modified MC framesand manufactured spokes. But nothing under 10ga. I worked there are 13 years. I can remember when mag wheels first came out for motorcycles.
We used to hit them with a 5 pound rawhide mallet to bring them back to true.
We did wheels for Honda and Yamaha motocross teams. And I put together many many Ferrari and antique MC\car wheels

But we did not do bicycle wheels. And the whole time I was there we only get one set of bicycle wheels and that was for John Howard's land speed record bicycle.
We also certified MC tires for Bonneville. We would take new motorcycle slicks and shave most of the rubber off of them. We would then spin balance them.
I hope to ask a few questions about cycle wheels but I must go now
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RDV4ROUBAIX said:
With all the carbon failures (namely rims and hubs) happening in the pro peloton, makes me wonder how far we're willing to push the boundaries of weight vs. durability.:confused:

Don't forget spokes RDV, don't forget spokes!!!

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I always though the concept of the R-Sys was cool until I saw those pictures.
 
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Yeah really, the spokes too. Man, I'm glad I don't have to deal with Mavic. Makes you wonder what road they're headed down when the warranty dept is working harder then everyone else.
 
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Those are post recall R-Sys spokes by the way. Which is kinda scary. I can't imagine myself advising a client to buy those wheels or a bike that has that stock without feeling guilty (I've never done such a thing and I've advised some people against it). I tend to be pro-Mavic with the wheels brands we have at the shop but seeing how Mavic has handled this particular case of R-Sys failure (you can read on it on http://www.bustedcarbon.com), I must agree with RDV and wonder which way the company is heading.
 
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Jacob Fuglsang of Saxo Bank got a spoke stuck in his leg the other day when he crashed in the Vuelta.

He hit a lorry/truck parked in the side of the road.

According to an interview you could see the shin bone and he had to be sewn.

But I guess every wheel will break if you drive head on into a parked car.
 
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Those are post recall R-Sys spokes by the way. Which is kinda scary. I can't imagine myself advising a client to buy those wheels or a bike that has that stock without feeling guilty (I've never done such a thing and I've advised some people against it). I tend to be pro-Mavic with the wheels brands we have at the shop but seeing how Mavic has handled this particular case of R-Sys failure (you can read on it on http://www.bustedcarbon.com), I must agree with RDV and wonder which way the company is heading.

http://www.velonews.com/article/97414
 

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