In the disc brake age, is there still a distinction between race vs. training wheels? You don’t wear them out prematurely by braking and braking performance in the wet is identical to cheaper wheels (with the same rotors), sowhy bother swapping wheels?
Yeah I always feel like having a “race specific” wheel set is a bit strange.
It’s a lot of cash to spend on a set of wheels to only use 10 or so times per year.
I guess the only argument I can think of, is that in the case of XC you could use the race specific wheels to help make sure that your tires are always a bit more fresh than they would be if you used them everyday. I guess though, that’s also why I have two mountain bikes.
Rim brake wheels are wear items, so it does make some sense. But in the age of disc brakes, rims don’t wear, so I see no reason to baby my wheels.
Why? Either your wheels are up to the job or they are not. And if I pay top ¥/€/$, I expect that they can handle what I throw at them. It’d be different if I rode difficult trails on XC rims, but then the issue isn’t carbon vs. alu, but that you bought the wrong tool for the job.
That was on rim brakes, right? In that case, it does make sense to have a set of training wheels as rims were a wear item. And carbon rims did not have good braking performance in the rain.
I agree, and again, I didn’t actually mean “wheels you only use on race day”. Though even if I did ride road or TT these days, I’d still have “training wheels” and “race wheels” for the mental factor.
It’s not necessary by any stretch, but it’s a mindset thing.
There’s also still plenty of wheels advertised as race day specific (for XC) due to their extreme lightness. It’s a bit like running the thinnest tyres in training. Why would you . Deep in the weeds now
I get what you asking, though, I think. My approach is this: if I pay top yen for a pair of fancy wheels, robustness and reliability is a must. I’m willing to give up some grams, but not being certain I can trust them fully means I can’t ride them as hard.
If you tend to ride rougher terrain on your mountain bike, just go for sturdier rims, I’m sure there are options for the down country crowd.
Only the last bit you mentioned, the feeling of riding your equipment reserved for special days, is something you’d lose.
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