Cosmic Carbone C40: should you buy them?

I have been waiting for a chance to have a look at the new Cosmic C40 since last spring. Mavic seems to have nailed the carbon clincher technology for Joe the average Mamil. A resin with a higher glass transition temperature that does not delaminate upon extensive braking  (can take up to 171°C it says…

Zipp 188 hub and a Firecrest rebuild

There has been a bit of a stir on various internet forums and blogs about “exploding Zipp hubs”, referring to the 88/188 model, as fitted in the pre-2014 very popular Firecrest 202/303/404 series. The 303 Firecrest in particular have proved themselves tough as nails when Tom Boonen brought them to victory in the Paris-Roubaix in…

Rim wear: when is it too much?

By now you should all be familiar with the REAL advantages of a set of wheels built from available components: parts can be replaced. So, the next question is when to replace parts? For spokes it is easy, as when one breaks, you get it replaced, at the second one, you go for a full…

3,000 Km on Schwalbe One Tubeless

With much fanfare, last year Schwalbe launched their ONE tyre, which comes as tubular, clincher and more interestingly tubeless. I say more interestingly because the current road tubeless market is minute and lacks competition between manufacturers, as well as choice for the public. Since then, I haven’t heard much, partly because not many dare running…

Velocity Aileron, finally!

It took about one year of lurking at American websites already building the new disc specific Velocity Aileron rim. Even the tacky promotional video featuring a  Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra soundtrack didn’t do anything to put me off them… I stressed with periodic reminders our UK distributor and that sorted the desired effect at the end of last…

Getting dirty with the new Pacenti SL 25

The downside of running tubeless tyres, if there has to be one, is the hassle involved in swapping tyres frequently, combined with the cost of sealant fluid wasted in the process. Realistically, if you want to run a set of commuting tyres for monday to friday and something knobbly and tubeless or something fast and…