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    38mm or 50mm Carbon Rims?

    I made the jump to tubulars last year with a pair of Sun Vista Cruiser rims laced to king hubs I had lying around and am hooked. I'm about to build up a new wheelset for this coming season but cannot decide between 38mm or 50mm rims. These will be the chinese carbon rims that can be had for dirt cheap on ebay.

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    38mm....

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    Why would you choose 38 over 50? Weight savings?

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    Weight savings is one reason. There is a great debate over if deep rims are better in sand, snow and muddy. I believe that 38s give you the profile to handle those condition without the extra mass. I guess the answer is I don't see any benefit of real deep dish rim, no aero advantage, but cross winds can be an issue. I have narrowed my wheels to 30-45mm. Keep in mind the trend in Belgium is heading to low profile rims....

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    personally doubt most would notice the weight diff between a 38 & 50 on a cross course. for my cross wheels, I put more emphasis on stiffness. Much of that can be addressed in the build but "generally speaking" a 50 will be stiffer than a 38 - but the tradeoff will be weight. How much depends on the rim.

    also, if you're going to be using these for road racing/crits a 50 will generally have a bigger aero benefit.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Definitely won't be using these for road racing. Looking at some the big name manufacturer's, they are all using 42-46mm rims so I just wasn't sure which way to go, deep or shallow. I guess I could always build another set with alloy tubular for cheaper also.

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    In cross, rotating weight trumps aerodynamics. There might be the occasional situation where a 50mm rim attracts less mud/vegetation, but I think 38mm is plenty deep.

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    I went with the EDGE 2.25's when they existed and am very happy with the shallow depth. Spin up fast, not harsh, and very light. I can't quantify aero advantage/disadvantage, but I noticed sidewinds on the deeper section wheels, so depending on your size, you may or may not like that. I'm 6'4", 185lbs, so not small, but have a personal preference for the shallower wheel in CX.

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    I'm sort of in the same boat. One of the lbs has a pretty good deal on their own carbon wheels and I'm leaning towards a 38 up front and a 50 in the back. Or just getting both 50s. I want to use them on the road for most of the year and save them for dry weather conditions for cross in the fall. I'd like to go a bit deeper for road but, I'd like to stay a bit shallower for cross. Problems, problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretender View Post
    In cross, rotating weight trumps aerodynamics. There might be the occasional situation where a 50mm rim attracts less mud/vegetation, but I think 38mm is plenty deep.
    +1

    And 38mm still allows you to go for aluminum rims. More durable I would say, especially for cross purposes...

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    I will probably go with 38mm. I just bought 38mm clinchers for my road bike and these will be race wheels only for cross. I'm only 150lbs so I'm not too worried about durability. Thanks all!

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