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38mm v 50mm rims

oli2001oli2001 Posts: 350
edited May 2012 in Road buying advice
looking at a new wheelset for general uk riding. a few lumps and bumps. not sure whether to go for a full 50mm carbon clincher or whether to compromise with a 38mm rim. opinions appreciated


  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,786
    For general riding I would stick to lower profile rims. Even the 38 are a bit excessive
  • northpolenorthpole Posts: 1,499
    Zipp are making big aero claims for their new(ish) 303 firecrest rims. Expensive, but may be worth considering if funds permit.

  • oli2001oli2001 Posts: 350
    cheers fellas, i can dream about the zipps!
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,786
    The zipp 303 in the tubolars version have won the classics on cobbles, which says a lot about the quality. The price tag is one to put off anyone who is not in to racing at a good level though.
  • kylefookylefoo Posts: 1
    personally speaking, there is not a big defference between these two depths, but one fact, 50mm clincher is expensiver than 38.

    in our factory, more of our clients prefer 50mm instead of 38mm, especially with UD matte finish.
    but i think it just up your taste.
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