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Old 06-24-10, 11:38 AM   #1
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Wheelbuilders! I have UFO 24 hole mountain rims, I cant find hubs or a solution for.

I was looking to replace the rims on my cheap steel mountain bike (my rims had hops). I won these UFO rims on ebay for 20$ and then realized they are 24 hole (I got excited and bid without reading). Either way they seem like a very nice rim set for 30$ after shipping. I decided to just build them up as a spare or maybe just sell the rims to get some money back. Now for finding hubs. I do not want to call up Phil Wood and get some custom hubs drilled for me as that would be expensive not worth it.
I have come to the conclusion that my options are limited. I can either:
A. Sell the rims to someone who may already have hubs that need rims.
B. Build up the rims using 36 hubs and skip some holes(I know DMF will tell me this is unsafe but do a google search on it Sheldon Brown said it can be done)
C. Get some 24 road hubs and just use those on my mountain bike. (I have a steel frame originally 126mm spacing.)

Any other ideas or should I just use the rims as wall art?
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Old 06-24-10, 12:05 PM   #2
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Sell it. You can buy Mavic Open Sport or Sun CR-18 for $25.
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48 hole tandem hubs using every other hole or do what furballi said
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you can't just lace it to a 48h hub.

much simpler to lace it to 36h hubs and use a cross length of 2.18x
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/36-24.htm
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Sell it. You can buy Mavic Open Sport or Sun CR-18 for $25.
That price is probably each, not even shipped. Plus I need 26" mountain. I guess I should have stated that earlier.
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are you sure these are 26" MTB rims and not 26" road rims more commonly refered to to as 650?

also if your current MTB has steel wheels it may be more cost effective to look at a place like Bike Island or Niagara cycles supply for prebuilt wheels.
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Sun UFO only come in ISO 559mm 26" size.

I think the only ISO 571mm 650c size rim currently made by sun is the ME14

Sun UFO is one of the lighter MTB rims and comes in 24, 28 and 32h drillings.
Sun makes 24h MTB hubs, as does DT swiss.

the most simplest way to lace it up to a cheap and common shimano hub is to do the 24 on 36 trick I posted above. It's very straight forward.
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Thanks everyone for confirming my original choice! I have the front wheel built up and the rear will be soon! Has anyone tried this? Im not sure if on the 2nd cross (the cross 2 inches from the head of the spoke) is supposed to be behind the other spoke. Thanks

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the spokes should be touching each other on the second cross. In fact, they should be slightly bent around each other, as this helps spread loads out over more than one spoke.
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