Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Resident PIA Shadco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ahnold, MD
    My Bikes
    Litespeed Arenberg, Huffy Strider, Trek 4700, Gunnar Roadie
    Posts
    316
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    help with wheel upgrade

    I'm at a point the where I wish to upgrade my wheels.

    Currently I have Mavic CXP21 rims on 105 hubs using wheelsmith double butted spokes x3 by 32.

    My rear rim is showing slight cracks starting at 2 holes, I'm not terribly surprised since these are bargain OEM rims.

    I plan on replacing the cxp21s with open pros and moving these wheels to a steel bike I'm building this fall I'll use 700c x 25 on these.

    Open Pros appeal to me since I'm not big on the bling factor.

    As replacements for my current bike (Litespeed Arenberg)

    I wouldn't mind somewhat lighter, I'm thinking 28spoke front and 32 rear, Open Pros or other rims that don't shout poser, since I don't race,

    Which hubs I should be using 9spd DA setup. I weigh 170 and plan on using 700c 23s on these.

    Do I stay with Wheelsmith for spokes?

    Durability is imperative, these wheels will be built by a pro.

    PS Budget is important
    --
    Shad
    I knew where I was when I wrote this
    I don't know where I am now...
    05 Gunnar Roadie Chorus/Record
    67'er

  2. #2
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,701
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think that sometimes boreing is good. Ultegra or DA hubs, Open Pro rims, DT 14/15/14 spokes or the Wheelsmith equivlent, crossed 3 in back and crossed 2 in front (assuming 28 spokes). Not fancy or super lightweight, but you might still be riding them when you get to be my age.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    portland or
    Posts
    1,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    lLook at velocity rims. I think they are nicer then mavic and don't have the bad rap mavic is getting. http://www.velocityusa.com/ I have one arrowhead on front and I am waiting for the deep v on back. I also have the hubs and they are nice and smooth with sealed cartridge bearings

  4. #4
    feros ferio John E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
    My Bikes
    1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
    Posts
    14,775
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I consider a 28-spoke cross-2 pattern in front and a 32-spoke cross-3 pattern in back to be the absolute minimum for reliability. I prefer 32 or 36 front and rear, for even greater reliability and truability.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

  5. #5
    Just ride. roadbuzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    C-ville, Va
    Posts
    3,237
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadco
    PS Budget is important
    Ultegra hubs will do fine.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Louisiana
    My Bikes
    Wilier, Giant, Trek, ProFlex
    Posts
    94
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Check out some of the wheels at Spin lite on the internet. They have a good selection of wheels that are not going to break the bank. I really like the Velocity wheels (Aerohead rims) as I have had two sets and they are great. I just sold my wifes set that I built for her last year that were 28 hole and used a set of Ultegra hubs. The rear was two cross and the front was radial laced. Both were true as you can get after 1000 miles. I replaced them with a set of American Classic 420's.

    I currently ride the AM Classic 420's and have to say that at 170 lbs and close to 3000 miles on them they are still true and very fast. At 1420 grams per pair they are some of the lightest wheels on the market and the 18 spoke front wheel is very tough. I've hit a few things in the road that I thought for sure would mess them up and nothing was wrong when I put them on the truing stand.

    Buy a quality set of wheels or have them built.

    Actually, I have a set that I'm looking to sell so if want to contact me directly I can email you a photo and discription. They are Velocity Aerohead rims with Real Designs cartridge hubs, 8/9 speed shimano carrier w/ a 12/25 Ultegra cassette for under $200. Wheels are in perfect condition.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •