For nearly 100 years, Italy-based Ambrosio has quietly been producing some of the finest hoops to grace race bikes ridden across the roughest roads that Europe could muster. Even at the behest of sponsorship obligations, champions like Hinault, Lemond, Bettini, Armstrong, and Boonen have long been known for their insistence on Ambrosio hoops for their legendary durability and ride quality. The Nemesis Tubular is Ambrosio's top-shelf alloy tubular rim and a perennial favorite at Paris-Roubaix, where a quick perusal amongst the ranks on race day reveals plenty of rebadged rim sidewalls, but the tell-tale Ambrosio valve badge still says it all.The sturdy 13mm deep box profile of the Nemesis measures 21mm across, making it perfect for fitment with your favorite 23 or even 28mm tubular tire. It is available in a 32-hole drilling, with double Inox eyelets to reinforce each spoke joint. And it wouldn't be an Ambrosio without a stealthy hard anodized finish that resists brake track wear, which, we might add looks exponentially more awesome after splashed with Belgian mud. At only 430 grams for the hoop, when paired with a lightweight and durable hub, you can expect a lifetime of fast-rolling reliability for cyclocross, year-round training, or for simply drilling it across those gravel parcours that punctuate your weekly bully ride.
So I bought a tubular wheelset off of the bay in order to complete my cross bike build. My thought: Why not get a bomb-proof high quality tubular set that's cheap to fix, strong, and still reasonably light?
So I found a set of Ambrosio Nemesis Tubular rims laced to Campy Record hubs, 32 3x with S ... Read More »