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    Anyone riding Mad Fiber wheels?

    There's very few posts on the Mad Fiber carbon wheel sets, so I thought I would ask if anyone has ridden them. I am specifically interested in their new clinchers, which permit use of tubeless tires; but any thoughts on any of their wheels is appreciated since the tubulars and clinchers share most of the same design.
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    If you do a search you will find a couple of posts by me regarding my MF tubulars.

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    I've got around 400 miles on a set and am sorting out some idiosyncrasies with the tire bead giving me grief on certain tires. VERY fast wheels, you know when you are in a cross-wind, draft like the dickens, and durable to date (I'm 220 Lbs) I have a few steep descents under my belt at speed, but holding back until I figure out all that the braking surface will take with their proprietary cork pads. Glazed the pads once and cleaned them off with a bit of abrasive material, rode 'em in the pouring rain once without appreciable brake issues, and have climbed and descended a bit more than 30K feet thus far.

    I'll review after I get a bit more time on the wheels and get the valves to run tubeless and give them a shot.

    Greg

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    I saw a few sets while at the Tour of the Battenkill a few weeks ago.. if people are willing to race them on a course like that they must be fairly durable.. or the owners have more money than brains.
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    How the heck do you true those things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandry View Post
    How the heck do you true those things?
    You dont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandry View Post
    How the heck do you true those things?
    You dont and they warranty them if they go out of true.

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    Update on my last post- still running the MFs as my everyday wheels, and haven't had a lick of trouble to date, as I'm using a Conti Gatorshell . Fast, dependable, and cool visuals rolling and standing-still.

    I'm going to run them across the country next month in a relay event that will put around 100-miles a day for 11-days on them. As for the cork pads, I'm wearing through the fronts fairly fast, but that might be due to the sanding I'm doing to get the glazing off.

    Very responsive wheel. and your fellow cyclists knows it due to the noise when pushing them out of the saddle, so I've gotten adept at starting my sprint with straight-down pedal strokes until I get abreast then rocking with the noise emanating from the wheel to intimidate.

    Oh yeah, tubeless out of the question right now, soon to be rectified.

    More to follow
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    the owners have more money than brains.

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    Hmmm, a 1250 gm pair of clincher wheels that have no weight limit, a designer with proven prowess ( I rode Ric's wheels in the '90s while road and mountain-biking for Stanford University, and still have the wheels on other bikes, like my coupler-equipped Merlin Axiom that I rode for tour and a triathlon in Thailand last November), and a 4-year warranty on the build. Still feels like a good purchase after over 2000-miles in very hilly California terrain, but you have to try them to really decide if they are worth the coin. I guess that's why they put a bunch of wheels out to dealers to offer test-riding. So, here's the impression from someone riding the product regularly, not what I presume to be assumption by the uninitiated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker325 View Post
    the owners have more money than brains.
    Thanks for your opinion. Next time. Keep it yours.

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    I'm a little bummed about the name and the REI look-alike logo. Still, as they're local to me I'll look them up.

    How do the cork pads fare in the rain? That makes me rather nervous...

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    First ride was in rather heavy rain- consistent braking, and I was sure to clean the brake pads and braking surface afterwards.No real issues with braking to date, but as with all carbon braking surfaces, I'm a bit careful due to the possible heat build-up issues. Will follow-up as events unfold.

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    At least he got his post count to 10.
    I find the braking on my MF's to be excellent. Not grabby at all.
    I dont ride mine if it is wet.
    I have 2 other srts of alloy wheels for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greghad View Post
    your fellow cyclists knows it due to the noise when pushing them out of the saddle, so I've gotten adept at starting my sprint with straight-down pedal strokes until I get abreast then rocking with the noise emanating from the wheel to intimidate.
    ??? You're saying the wheels make a different sound depending on whether you're pedaling out of the saddle or seated? That seems...odd.

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    They had a post on their FB site saying that the tubeless wasn't quite working. They are working on changing the design. I'd hold off if you plan on using them in a tubeless config.

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    Full carbon wheels

    Hi there

    Just wondering - have you considered a set of Lightweight Standard Clincher or the new Lightweight Milestone Clincher??

    I own a set of Standard clinchers, and I weigh 240lbs - I managed to save up the money, and bought a set - best wheels I have ever owned, Period!! - and I've had a few!!

    They roll superbly - they stay true - their lateral & torsional stiffness is unsurpassed!!

    But if you are looking for comfort - FORGET IT!!

    Only problem is that all other wheels seem uninspiring after riding on these!!

    With respect

    Mads

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    What do a new pair of lightweight's run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deviousalex View Post
    What do a new pair of lightweight's run?
    http://jedi-sports.de/index.php?cat=...6&filter_id=28

    With respect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoe Gator View Post
    There's very few posts on the Mad Fiber carbon wheel sets, so I thought I would ask if anyone has ridden them. I am specifically interested in their new clinchers, which permit use of tubeless tires; but any thoughts on any of their wheels is appreciated since the tubulars and clinchers share most of the same design.
    Mad Fiber are terrible i bought a pair 5 months ago and theyve been back the factory twice! poor QA/QC im selling them

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadeeee View Post
    Mad Fiber are terrible i bought a pair 5 months ago and theyve been back the factory twice! poor QA/QC im selling them
    I hate to see someone disappointed, I'll take them off your hands for $100.00
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