First Impressions: 20mm Chinese Tubular to Novatec Wheelset
I got these wheels yesterday after a week of compulsively checking the front door to see if they were delivered, as well as checking the tracking every hour or so. They’re my first set of tubulars ever which is scary as well as exiting. I’m going to use these as my race wheels for cross. I’ve already glued up two 32mm Challenge Fangos to them. That aside, I’m impressed with how incredibly strong the contact cement is holding the tires onto the bike. Just a push on the sidewall, and you really can feel how strong that glue is.
The wheels are laced 24 spokes in the rear, two cross, and 20 in the front, radially. They also came with 4 carbon rim brake pads which is a plus. All for $375 is really an incredible value, even before you see how much they weigh:
I’ve only ridden them for 10 seconds since I just got a new crank onto my bike after breaking it off at the race on Sunday. So far, there’s nothing that was wrong. They came perfectly true, all spoke tension was similar, wheels spin forever, etc. I’m excited to see how they hold up being 1230 or so grams, and being raced for cross.
I’ll report back as soon as I get a real cross ride on them, which will likely be tomorrow.