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Old 09-29-2021, 05:46 PM
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I've had the WTO 45s and now have 33s. WTOs are pretty much my fav wheel EVER. The braking, as you've experienced, is phenomenal.

As to brake pads, I find the Campy Reds to be the best. I (very (one 15 mile ride)) briefly tried the Black Prince pads. I found them to not be nearly as good as the stock Campag blocks. They felt mushy with less braking power. Atmo.

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My experience with LW's - absolutely my favorite wheels for acceleration & hillclimbs. BUT, their aerodynamics are garbage, so they don't hold speed for $hit and the braking on them is just not good. After a few rides I would always get brake pad build up and then I would need to clean the braking surface. That's why I don't own LW's anymore.

The WTO45's are probably the best wheels I have ever owned - and I have owned a LOT of wheels. I have 25mm Conti 5000's on mine and I run them at 70-75 psi (I am 155#). I had the SS Black Prince pads on my EE brakes and they worked great, but I recently got some red Campy pads and like them better. Braking is immaculate.

Money no object, I I can't imagine any other wheelset ever that I would prefer over the WTO45's.

Also, another note about the LW's - as great as they were for hillclimbs, I still had to ride them downhill and they sucked for that.
I have 3 rides (55 miles, 19 avg) on the Baum with the WTO 45's and then moved the WTO 45's onto the SV for 2 more rides (49 and 57, 19.4 avg). The WTO's are super wide compared to my older LW's. While more comfortable, the ride with the WTO's on the SV didn't inspire me to want to jump out of the saddle and attack. I felt that I should just chill in the middle of the pack and let the wheels roll me along. Just to hang back I guess.

I will now need to spin on the Baum with the LW's but so far, I feel that the LW's are my go-to wheel for the riding that I do. Maybe our club group rides have more sections of acceleration in between the stop signs and turns rather than long sections where aerodynamics would reign superior. The LW's are so quick to accelerate and flick around on the SV. To me, the LW's make the SV come alive by providing great road feedback and instant acceleration. Not to say anything negative about the WTO's but to me, there still is something very special about the LW's for the flat riding in Houston, Texas.
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Old 09-29-2021, 05:56 PM
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Pics from the painter

Quick pics from the painter before the minor touch-ups and sanding / edge knock-down. Getting closer.

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Old 09-29-2021, 07:12 PM
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Paint pics look great!

Interest wheel observations, but we are all different and we all feel different things. All that matters is the joy of being on the bike!
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Old 09-30-2021, 03:12 PM
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wow, the rim c64 is a real epic.
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Old 10-01-2021, 10:00 AM
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Quick pics from the painter before the minor touch-ups and sanding / edge knock-down. Getting closer.
Whoa!!! As a soon-to-be owner of a C64 in Mapei could you please share who the painter is? I wanted to get me stem painted to the old blue ITM - which it looks like you have.
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Old 10-01-2021, 10:50 AM
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NICE!! Can’t wait to see the finished product
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:47 PM
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Whoa!!! As a soon-to-be owner of a C64 in Mapei could you please share who the painter is? I wanted to get me stem painted to the old blue ITM - which it looks like you have.
Congrats b33. Jesse Marquart with IA Coatings in Houston was referred by a cycling friend. The company does not do any painting but Jesse does some painting as he loves to paint and is a avid cyclist. Side hustle. The problem is that he is in training now with the National Guard and will be deployed for 12-18 months. Any good local painter should be able to paint to sample. There was no exact formula or paint code.

Box of goodies came in today. The gloss black on the frame pump ties in nicely with the black of the frame. Still wanting for the SR 12 EPS.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:16 AM
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Wow - those custom painted pieces look AMAZING!
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Old 10-14-2021, 12:14 PM
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Wow, that's a beaut! My Super-X-Light is in Mapei colors and I love it.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:19 AM
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Black or tan tires?

Bar tape and saddle will be black. Black tires is more modern while tan is classic. Thoughts?
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:53 AM
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tan wall tires

all day every day
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Old 10-18-2021, 04:11 PM
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Tan. Brings out the yellow and orange in the paint.
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Old 10-18-2021, 04:37 PM
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Tan.

But black looks the biz, is menacing, and looks great.

Tan in summer, black in the not-summer? Tan for JRA rides, black for fast-kid rides.
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Old 10-18-2021, 05:23 PM
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Tan.

But black looks the biz, is menacing, and looks great.

Tan in summer, black in the not-summer? Tan for JRA rides, black for fast-kid rides.
Lavi - I like your takes on things. We need to get together and talk bikes over a good coffee the next time I am in Portland.
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Old 10-18-2021, 05:26 PM
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Lavi - I like your takes on things. We need to get together and talk bikes over a good coffee the next time I am in Portland.
Done! Hit me up.
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