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Wider Road Bike Wheelsets Are Becoming More Popular

Last year I went to wider rims and tubular tires for my cyclocross bike. For me, it provided more stability and better handling, and I’d like to think better speed and performance.

This year my wife and I gave each other new road bikes. My wife wanted a bike with more color and I saw this as an opportunity to give her wider, faster, and more stable wheelset with hubs that accented her frame. I’ve read wider rims provide more stability, larger tires with lower tire pressures provide a more comfortable ride, and because the wheel and tire are more aero dynamic, less rolling resistance. I think I’m correct in what I said.

PSIMET has been a supporter of cyclocross in the Chicago area and is a sponsor of several teams. One of the hub companies used by Rob Curtis at PSIMET is White Industries. My cross wheelset uses White hubs and they roll almost on their own. White also offers anodized colors on their hubs – very cool! So now my wife has a wheelset that has hubs that match part of the frame color!

The Northern CA made hubs are White T-11, the 23mm wide rims are Pacenti SL23, and the spokes are Sapim CX-RAY bladed. PSIMET is an awesome company that matches the rider weight and application to the right wheelsets. Check out the spd pedals and how the hubs match the inside of the frame stays and the pedals. We get complements from strangers every day we ride.

For me, I’m leaning towards the PSIMET 38mm carbon rims with T-11 hubs in black, and black Sapim – CX-RAY bladed spokes. Of course, the rim bed is 23mm so I’ll use Continental 4000s 25 mm tires.

What do you think?

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