el scotto posted an image about Stan's NoTubes Alpha 400 Comp Disc Wheelset on July 13, 2014
with the 400's!
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When I am not slaving away in the office, I can be found out on the trails or in the mountains.
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with the 400's!
I've been rockin' the Base 2.0 stuff for all my winter activities (snowboarding / skiing / shoeing) for the past few years. The 2.0 works wonders if you're getting your sweat on, but if you're just lounging around the campsite, you're gonna need something a bit more substantial. I skipped over the 3.0 and went right for the heavy weight stuff.
Paired with my Patagucci R1, I stay nice and toasty in this combo. Size wise I went with a Large (6 foot 1 @ 162lbs). I also wear a size large in their 2.0, but the 4.0 feels a bit more snug fitting.
The 4.0 stuff is always quite pricey, so catch it on a sale or when they are blowing out last years version.
I've been an R1 fan for the past 6 years or so. Before the R1, I was a die hard REI Powerstretcher. I switched to the R1 primarily for durability and longevity. If a pullover can last a few seasons (wash cycles) without losing its shape (turning into a blouse), then it's definitely a keeper.
The good ol' sizing dilemma... 6 foot 1 @ 162lbs. with freak arms. I generally go between medium and large. Anyhow, depending on the activity I am doing, snowboarding or hiking, I opted for both sizes. What the... Crazy, I know! The medium fits like a glove. It works great when I am hiking or cold weather trail running with just a t-shirt on or nothing at all; however, when it comes to snowboarding, the medium is just too dang tight, especially over a long-sleeved base layer. Que size large. Shoot howdy, the large still fits snug enough and isn't restricting at all. It's also great to use when chillin' around the campsite as well.
For me, being comfortable is paramount. It took me a couple seasons to get the sizing dialed in, but now I am set.
in Bledsoe Creek
I've been using this jacket for a bit over 6 months now. I bought it in January so I would have a decent winter/spring rain jacket for when I was out on the trails on downtown in the city. So far, I am diggin' it. Usually when I am out on the trails, I'll be wearing my Houdini, but when the rain is coming down or if it's pretty windy out, I'll switch it up to this guy. Originally I was looking at the normal Torrentshell version, but they had a sale on the Plus version, so naturally, this is what I ended up with. I also like to two-tone color options these have as well. The added shoulder reinforcements are a nice touch for when I am lugging around my backpack of camelbak.
Size wise (6 foot 1 @ 162LBS) I am usually somewhere in-between a Medium and Large. This time I went with the Medium, and it fits spot on. There is enough room underneath to fit an R1 to stay nice and toasty. When I am not wearing an R1, it's still slim enough in the waist area without getting all crazy... Just say no to baggy jacket fluff!
See the rim strip haning over... nasty!
My first time with Stan's was with a set of Iron Cross Team's. Much to my dismay, they were a bit weak for me. Soaking wet, I am roughly 165lbs. I was contemplating on getting a 29er set of wheels for my cross bike, but then someone on the Stan's board mentioned the 400's with their 250lbs weight limit. So here we are, round two!
I've got about 600 miles (300 or so of those are from pure singletrack)on them so far and they are holding up nicely. The only thing I am not super jazzed about is their specific Alpha rim strip I had to get for them. If you're running road tires, you won't need them, but if you're running low pressure cross tires, you NEED them. Without them, you can suffer a nasty blowout/rolloff. Ack! No bueno!The strip itself is similar to Stan's other strips, but for what ever reason, even though its for the Alpha specifically, it doesn't sit well when you mount the tire. It tends to hang over the rim when the tire is on. Evidently, this is normal according to Stan's. It's not that pretty, but it gets the job done. After the upcoming season, I'll see how everything holds up and re-evaluate.
Time to get it on!
When the time came to get some wheels for my new cross build, it came down between Stan's and Velocity's. I was edged over to Stan's because they were a bit easier on the wallet at the time. Weight of both pairs were just shy of each other.
Initial setup wasn't too bad. In all, it was about 20 minutes of cursing profusely(this is my first time going tubeless, I am totally late to the party) and getting the white Stan's all over my hands. After 2 failed attempts, I got it on. Whew! The second wheel went on in a flash.
Riding on the Team's had me a bit sketched. On roads and dirt roads, no prob. They are awesome. However, once I hit the trail with them, they are somewhat more fragile than I anticipated. They have a 185 limit and I only weigh about 165ish. I tend to ride it like I stole it and of course, they are a bit weak for me. Ack!
Before giving them anymore abuse, I promptly trued them up and set them up on my wife's bike. She's a happy camper and so am I... I ended up getting a pair of the Alpha 400's since they have a 250lbs weight limit.
Small sized awesomeness.
The initial reaction I usually get when I whip this lil' badboy out is the "Are you kidding me?!" Once it's on, everyone is happy.
Was gifted a pair from my rather rad mother-in-law. They are hands down superbly chill. No complaints here! The large size is what my mug required.
CK headsets are where it's at. Over the years I've strayed from them, most recently was for a Cane Creek 110 (super awesome by the way, same price range too) but I keep coming back to CK. It may have to do with all the color options they offer... Anyhow, it sure is a ton of coin to drop on a headset, but they work flawlessly.
Tech notes: I almost went with the Inset 1 since my current fork is a non-tapered 1 1/8, but then I got to thinking, most forks these days are going the tapered route. I plan on upgrading in the future. Keep that in mind when ordering.
No front derailleur to worry about!
I actually picked these up for my wife's new cross bike when BC was having some crazy outlet promo deal a few months back. Sure, they are last years model, but they are carbon!!! I think I scored them for around 60% off or somethin' to that nature. Anyhow, they are runnin' like a champ with no issues at all. I converted them to a 1x10 setup on her cross bike (running a Race Face NW 40t ring) so she only has to worry about shifting in the rear. Less stuff to worry about, more time to focus on flyin' down the course!
Note: These DO NOT come with a BB. I thought they did, but alas, they did not :-\
Keepin' it simple with a 1x10 setup.
My wife is running a right-rear paired with an s900 left lever. The carbon weave is a bit different, but they work flawlessly.
Can't go wrong with these. Even in the mud, they function great!
Great stopping power at a decent price.
My first use of BB7's was back in the late 90's. I was too cheap at the time to get hydros. They worked, but definitely weren't all that great. I am tempted to say it was like a lateral move away from V-Brakes. Heh!
Fast forward to 2014...
Getting into cross this season, our frames are now disc. After many reviews, I pulled the trigger on a couple sets for our new rides. Whoa! Night and day difference from when I used them before.
We've got about 700+ miles on them, encountered mud, snow, and countless water crossings... they keep on stoppin! When the price of hydro's come down (in the road/cross world this time) I'll have to see how they compare. But until then, they're kickin' some major A!