The Ultimate Cyclocross Wheelset for those on a budget!
When designing an alloy wheel for cyclocross, we asked how to best design around a 700x32mm tubular tire. Tubular is still a big advantage in cyclocross where the lower pressures can be the difference between drilling the corner or being heckled for sliding out and falling down. With the low pressures and heavy cornering, keeping a tire securely glued in place can be a challenge.
This is where the 32mm rim bed radius sets the Black and Tan apart from any other wheel on the market. It used to be you would need to build up layers of glue to smooth out the rim bed and get enough contact with the tire. With the Black and Tan rim profile you have a gluing surface that fits the tire perfectly, holding more secure for the ultimate cyclocross weapon!
With such a large radius on the rim bed, this wheelset is designed around larger tubular tires. Of course, there's a heavy focus as being an ideal cyclocross wheelset. However, for those riders who have discovered that 30mm tires on the road are super fun, the Black and Tan can also be used as a road and crit wheelset. 90% of the people who are looking at the Black and Tan will be looking at it for cyclocross, and that is where this wheelset really shines!
You want to have the advantage of a tubular with the ability to run lower pressures in cyclocross with having a secure edge to edge gluing surface. You would rather ride through that off camber muddy corner than embarrassingly fall down in front of a bunch of your friends (who will absolutely upload the video for all to see). Basically, if you are looking to have the ultimate wheelset for cyclocross on a budget, then you need this!
2X both sides front
|Hubs||Quest disc brake hubs|
|Bearings||Enduro Abec-5 LLB/LLU|
|Spokes||Pillar Wing 20|
|Nipples||Pillar DSN double square alloy nipple|
|Rim Bed Radius||