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Old 01-27-16, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by TrackMonkey7 View Post
Does anyone have any experience with FFWD Four-Ts? My home track is Kissena, and I'd like a spoked wheelset that is good in crosswinds (unlike the Five-T) and won't require a small loan (unlike iO/Comete). The shallow rim height appeals to me, I feel like they might spin up pretty quickly, much like Mavics.
they look cool as **** and i want some.
is that helpful?
I like them too, but unfortunately that's the one set of FFWD track wheels I don't have... yet. I will give a thumbs up on the rest of their track wheels. I rode my spoked 60mm FFWD wheel last year at the Six Days of Kissena without any issues.

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Old 01-27-16, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TrackMonkey7 View Post
Does anyone have any experience with FFWD Four-Ts? My home track is Kissena, and I'd like a spoked wheelset that is good in crosswinds (unlike the Five-T) and won't require a small loan (unlike iO/Comete). The shallow rim height appeals to me, I feel like they might spin up pretty quickly, much like Mavics.
Quite enamored with mine.

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Old 01-27-16, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dunderhi View Post
I like them too, but unfortunately that's the one set of FFWD track wheels I don't have...
I can't say I feel bad for you

Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
Quite enamored with mine.
Nice, VM! What are your thoughts? Anything that stands out as good or bad?
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Old 01-27-16, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TrackMonkey7 View Post
Nice, VM! What are your thoughts? Anything that stands out as good or bad?
To be honest, I mostly just agree wtih @queerpunk. The 5 spoke is way more popular, but I think that's because perception of being stiffer. These feel pretty darn stiff to me, though even at my new swole weight of 175, I don't think that's much of a factor anyway.
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Old 01-27-16, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
Quite enamored with mine.

vance
dammit
that's a really cool bike.
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Old 01-27-16, 08:01 PM
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I'm not too concerned about stiffness; I rarely see steep bankings, I'm an enduro and my race weight is at most 155, at the moment I'm maybe 147. I have ~80mm wheels now and they're great, but they do feel like sails when it's windy. I figured that they could replace them as sort of workhorse race day wheels, then I'd put a disc on the back for bigger events.

Do you ever run them as a set or just as a spoke/disc combo?
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Old 01-27-16, 08:19 PM
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I think korina huizar uses the ffwd 4-spoke wheels as a pair sometimes.
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Old 01-27-16, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TrackMonkey7 View Post
Do you ever run them as a set or just as a spoke/disc combo?
I only have the front, so only with disc.
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Old 01-28-16, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
Pretty sure the weight difference you allude to is due to the PRO's use of Shimano DA hubs, including the steel axle. I lust after those wheels...
They're finally being imported by Shimano North America....
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Old 01-28-16, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkWW View Post
They're finally being imported by Shimano North America....
How long has it been? Like 3 years?
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Old 01-28-16, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkWW View Post
They're finally being imported by Shimano North America....
uh-oh..., who's carrying them?
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Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
uh-oh..., who's carrying them?
Any shop with a shimano account should be able to get them. Unfortunately I just checked and what they had is already out of stock. They only got like 3 pairs in. Next ETA for the disc is mid february, 5 spoke is mid april.
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Good news for me, remove the temptation.
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Originally Posted by MarkWW View Post
Any shop with a shimano account should be able to get them. Unfortunately I just checked and what they had is already out of stock. They only got like 3 pairs in. Next ETA for the disc is mid february, 5 spoke is mid april.
Ah, they really are trying to compete with Mavic Io and Comete...by adopting the same distribution strategies.

(Io and Comete are hard to get, even if you have cash money in-hand due to various planned/unplanned distribution issues.)
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Anyone have experience with the HED Ardennes track?
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Originally Posted by tonski View Post
Anyone have experience with the HED Ardennes track?
Not direct experience, but:
those hubs are big and burly and totally solid. decent bearings that you won't wear out.
the rims are excellent.
wider rims are particularly suited to road, and rough stuff; there are better options for racing indoor, but for all-purpose wheels, outdoor wheels, racing on concrete, or just warmup/training wheels, they're a good wheel.
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Old 02-14-16, 07:53 PM
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I wanted to the C2 tubular hoops for my Cyclocross bike real bad. The Belgian/ardennes bed works awesome for 32c and I've watched guys case concrete stairs with them and they come out unscathed.

None of that is really useful for a track bike unless it's also your tarck bike. Also, for the 8-900 they want for them you could pay msrp to have a shop build you a bit lighter and a bit narrower for 19-23c.

Shrug.
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Old 02-15-16, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
Not direct experience, but:
those hubs are big and burly and totally solid. decent bearings that you won't wear out.
the rims are excellent.
wider rims are particularly suited to road, and rough stuff; there are better options for racing indoor, but for all-purpose wheels, outdoor wheels, racing on concrete, or just warmup/training wheels, they're a good wheel.
Awesome, thank you.

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I wanted to the C2 tubular hoops for my Cyclocross bike real bad. The Belgian/ardennes bed works awesome for 32c and I've watched guys case concrete stairs with them and they come out unscathed.

None of that is really useful for a track bike unless it's also your tarck bike. Also, for the 8-900 they want for them you could pay msrp to have a shop build you a bit lighter and a bit narrower for 19-23c.

Shrug.
I know it's getting off topic but what other rims are out there? I'm relatively new to track stuff and plan to commute and race track this season. I've been racing road for a couple of years now and the pricing/reviews are much easier to find for those (a la competitivecyclist and the like)..
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Old 01-08-17, 02:26 PM
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What about Miche Pistard?
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What about Miche Pistard?
I have a set of the clincher version... solid but pretty heavy. Makes a good training wheelset.
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Does anyone know of any Track Discs (or Road Disc that can have a track axle swapped in) that have a clincher rim?

I love tubulars, but when they flat, it's expensive in both money and time to get the wheel back up and running again.
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Old 07-18-17, 01:16 PM
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Here you go:
Product Listing - 555
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Is that a real, current offering?

That website is straight out of the 1990s. (I don't discount all websites that look like that. There are several small businesses that still have such websites that offer great products and services. I've bought from a few of them.)

I don't know anything about Renn discs. I can't recall ever seeing one in person. Any comments on them?
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Zipp made the 900 disc in a clincher version that was track convertible.

I nearly bought one but wanted to stick with tubular.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Does anyone know of any Track Discs (or Road Disc that can have a track axle swapped in) that have a clincher rim?

I love tubulars, but when they flat, it's expensive in both money and time to get the wheel back up and running again.
There is one for sale on ebay right now for $499, it's a Zipp 900. It's set up with a free hub, but it can be converted to a track axle. The conversion kit is $176. Zipp ceased production of the 900 clincher in June 2012 and replaced it with the Super- 9 Carbon clincher disk.

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