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Frequently Asked Questions

COMPATIBILITY AND SUITABILITY

Are your wheels compatible with my groupset?

Our hubs are designed for Shimano/SRAM 9, 10 and 11 speed cassettes. There has also been a significant amount of testing done by others that has shown a Shimano/SRAM 11 speed cassette has the same spacing as Campagnolo 11 speed so will be compatible.  Alternatively, we can fit a Campagnolo-specific freehub - just drop us a line.

What is the rider weight limit on Parcours wheels?

There isn't a hard and fast max weight that we'd rate the wheels at as it's largely dependent on the sort of riding you're doing.  As you can imagine, a heavier rider on a smooth road isn't directly comparable to a heavier rider on rough "British-style" roads!

Saying that, with a 20 spoke front / 24 spoke rear lacing pattern, if you're over 90-95kg then we'd suggest looking at increasing the spoke count to make the wheel a little more robust.  Get in touch to discuss the custom build options available.

Are Parcours wheels tubeless-compatible?

All Parcours wheels are designed and optimised for clincher tyres.  The rims are also tubeless-ready with the appropriate kit.  You'll need to change the rim tape and use tubeless valves and tubeless tyres.  We'd also recommend using a sealant of some sort.

Can I race Parcours wheels in a UCI sanctioned event?

Yes, we're pleased to say that the Grimpeur, Passista and Chrono wheelsets are all UCI-approved.  Have a look at the blog for more details.


PARTS AND SERVICING

What tyre should I use on my wheels?

It’s really up to you. We recommend a 23mm or 25mm width as that’s what the rim has been designed to accommodate. It also works best for aerodynamics and rolling resistance.

What tyre pressure is recommended?

The commonly quoted rule is “the wider the tyre, the lower the pressure”. It’s more complicated than that though, especially when you start to consider rider weight and road surface.

As a guide, something between 85 & 100psi is the sweet spot. Enough to avoid pinch flats, but not so much it'll shake your bones loose. And remember, don’t go above 130psi otherwise you run the risk of invalidating your warranty.

What brake pads should I use?

Carbon fibre brake tracks require specialist brake pads. So make sure you use them! We’ve tested Parcours wheels with many commonly-found makes of carbon-specific brake pads and they all deliver excellent braking performance.

Whatever you do, never ever switch between alloy rims and carbon rims without changing your pads – all those tiny little shards of metal will make light work of your lovely carbon brake tracks otherwise.

My wheel is running out of true / a spoke has broken
how can I have this repaired?

We’ve designed Parcours wheels to be easily serviceable at any decent local bike shop. We use external nipples for straightforward truing and J-bend Sapim CX Ray spokes that are quick and simple to replace. If you need any help or advice, just drop us a line.

Where can I buy spare parts for my wheel?

Any good local bike shop will stock replacement Sapim CX Ray spokes. Hub bearings are cartridge-design to allow easy servicing and are also readily available. If you need a replacement rim, get in touch and we’ll be able to help.


PURCHASE QUERIES

Will you ship outside of the UK?

Yes, we are now able to ship to some countries outside of the UK.  For the moment, please get in touch to discuss shipping costs - drop us a message to mail@parcours.cc.

Can I purchase just the rims for my own wheel build project?

Of course – just get in touch and we’ll get talking.

Can I purchase a mixed wheelset (e.g. Passista front & Chrono rear)?

Yes, although we don't currently have this as a standard option on the website.  Drop us a line and we can help you choose the right setup to ride on.