So, I'm currently in the process of selecting the components for my first wheel-build. The most complicated part thus far has been figuring out what I should do with my rear wheel. My first big question is:
- Is getting an off center rim for the rear a MUCH better idea than getting a normal symmetric rim?
I want something that is strong and capable of lasting for years. Also, I think I'm going with Velocity. Is the Aerohead OC rim a strong choice?
Second, I decided the other night that I was going to go with a freewheel rather than a freehub. The thing is, my bike currently has a 5 speed setup (oldie), but I would like to upgrade that to a 7, 8, or 9 speed in the future. This brings me to my second big question:
-If I get an 8 speed freewheel hub, can I use spacers on the cogs to run 5 speed until I have the money to upgrade the rest of the drive train? More succinctly, will an 8 speed freehub accept a 7, 6, or 5 speed freewheel?
I think I want to lay down the cash and get a phil woods road/touring freewheel hub.
Thanks in advance for the advice!