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Ksyrium Equipe S Road Wheelset - Clincher

Mavic Ksyrium Equipe S Road Wheelset - Clincher

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404 Firecrest Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher

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303 Firecrest Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher

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Ksyrium Elite S Wheelset

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202 Firecrest Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher

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How to Buy Road Bike Wheels

Road bike wheels come in a few different designs and materials. First, decide if you’ll need clincher (training) or tubular (race) wheels. Next, decide between carbon fiber (lighter, stiffer) or aluminum (less expensive, more durable) wheels. The last thing to consider is whether you want shallow (lighter for climbing) or deep (aerodynamic) rims.

Clincher
Most of the road bike wheels you see use clincher rims. Clinchers use inner tubes, which makes them easier to service in the event of a flat. Clincher tires are also less expensive than tubular tires, and thus more suitable for training and recreational racing. Clincher rims’ drawbacks are heavier weight and greater rolling resistance than tubular rims. Shop Road Bike Clincher Wheels
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Tubular
Tubular rims are less common than clincher rims, and they are generally used for racing. Tubular rims provide less rolling resistance than clincher rims. They are tubeless which makes them lighter, as well. Changing flats can also be difficult with tubular rims, since they are glued in place. Shop Road Bike Tubular Wheels

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How to Buy an Alpine Touring Boot

Free Your Feet From the Resort

Traditionally, a ski boot was designed for going downhill with as much speed and power as possible, with little thought to the comfort when going uphill. With an aggressive sole material like Vibram, lightweight shell material, and the now-standard lever to switch between walk and ski modes (to free the cuff to rotate or lock it in place), the alpine touring boot changed everything. This is the boot to take into the backcountry.

Binding Compatibility:

An alpine touring boot is either compatible with a standard alpine ski binding (DIN normalized binding), a TECH binding, or both. There’s little difference between the boots except for the extra heel and toe fittings required for a boot to be TECH compatible.

Flex Rating:

A stiff boot will have a high flex rating (120-130+), while a softer boot will have a lower flex rating (100-110). Stiffness benefits you during the descent, but it might cause you pain on the skin track—consider whether you prefer superior comfort or performance.

Weight:

A carbon cuff or tongue, lightweight plastic shell, minimalist buckle design, or honeycomb structure help reduce the weight of an AT boot so you can move faster and feel less fatigued during a long tour.