I just got a techy road bike with rolf wheels for really cheap on craigslist. I've always been skeptical of boutique wheels (and I still am), but dayum, they do make one go faster. Anyway, I want another set for more casual riding -- something nice, traditional and more durable. I'm thinking ultegra hubs to velocity aeroheads, 28 hole 2x in the front and 32h 3x in the back. Also, I've never built with bladed spokes, so I'm thinking of trying it out just for ****s and giggles.
So what do people think? Are there better value road hubs out there than ultegra, especially for durability and riding in sloppy conditions? Iím looking for good seals, smooth rolling, and decent price.
Same for rims Ė what do people recommend? Durability is the main consideration, with weight a somewhat distant second.
And spokes Ė Iíve only ever build with DT comp. Do people think that aero spokes are worthwhile? They certainly look cool, are easier to *ping*, and donít surprise you with torsion.