Be careful – there’s 2 Rock Lobster set-ups. Custom stuff from Paul Sadoff a la Indy Fab, etc. or the Taiwanese made stuff sold by Merlin Cycles. 2 very different propositions.
Sadoff did a bit of a Jones type thing many years ago where he designed and sanctioned Taiwanese built frames that sold for several hundred quid. That seemed to die a death after a year or two, but Merlin took it up off their own back (or something like that – I’m making HUGE assumptions on that!), hence the 2 different Rock Lobsters.
That CX bike is clearly a Paul Sadoff made frame.Posted 6 years agoleggyblondeMember
Sefton – I’ve been told they “cut through mud better.” I didn’t understand.
The theory is that is most mud situations the mud doesn’t “flow” over the top of the rim generating extra resistance. In sand they track better by being harder to knock off line as the deep rim would have to “push” more sand to move sideways.
Anyway, who cares about the theory. As everyone knows, its all about what Sven does.
Nice bike BTWPosted 6 years agoocriderMember
That’d be an 18 Bikes headtube there (assuming that it’s the same frame)Posted 6 years ago
oldgit – posting at lunchtime, I’m surprised you didn’t call it Deep Pan!
I’m not a fan of the look of the wheels. One of the likeable things about cross bikes is that they retain those classic timeless bike lines that just work. The wheels fight against that a bit.
Still liking the frame though!Posted 6 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
A lot of opposing opinions on deep rims for cross but they seem to track better through deep mud and they don’t collect a lot of mud while racing.
I was told it’s because they’re extremely strong (I’ve seen folded rims even in the little local cross races I dabble with), stiff, and a lot of cross racers also prefer tubular tyres. I’d imagine that similar wheels are also available cheaply second hand from people with upgradeitis.Posted 6 years agoBIGMANMember
If you jolly over to Belgium most pro’s use box section wheels. Nys has not ridden deeps on his colnago all season
Deeps for cross seems to be a US thing.
Sty bar been the exception. He is now on zipps but can not help but think he has to for sponsorship reasons. In an interview given last season he said he preferred normal wheels. More consistent braking!Posted 6 years ago
More consistent braking!
I guess with discs that argument goes out the window.
I can’t imagine we’ll see many discs on the pro’s bikes until someone (sram/shimano are probably the only ones who could) launches an ultralightweight hydraulic cross/road specific disk set.Posted 6 years ago
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