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    Suggestions for Lightweight Disc Compatible Wheels

    I am looking for advice on a lightweight wheelset that is disc compatible for road use. I have Shimano disks with centerlock rotors on my current stock wheels. I would like something as lightweight as possible and good for climbing. So, maybe I'm something of a weight weenie. Also, I'm a small guy at 130lbs and ride on pretty decent roads. I'm fine with building up a custom wheelset and I'm willing to spend up to $1500. Also, I would prefer a rim without a brake track, though that is not a requirement. Suggestions?

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    hire them built and you can pick the rim and spokes that you like .

    29er rims may be a bit wider and heavier ..than you wish ..

    I suspect the LBS may have a account with QBP and get wheels built and shipped in

    in any combo you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    hire them built and you can pick the rim and spokes that you like .

    29er rims may be a bit wider and heavier ..than you wish ..

    I suspect the LBS may have a account with QBP and get wheels built and shipped in

    in any combo you want.
    Thanks for the quick reply. I spoke with my LBS and got pricing for assembly and discussed a few options. They were very helpful and I'll probably have them build the wheels (assuming I go custom). My hope, with this forum post, is to get opinions/ideas on what options I have for custom wheels. I know very little about building custom wheels and I know there are a lot of options. For example, after a limited amount of research I found various hub options including DT Swiss 240S Centerlock, Chris King R45D, and Novatech. I'm sure there are many others, and then there are spokes, rims, etc... I have been researching different options, but would love to get other ideas and the pros and cons to different build options. For a newbie like me the choices are a little daunting and although they are helpful at the LBS, I'm getting just one person's opinion. I want to tap the collective knowledge of the forum members.

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    I'd say build. I had very different criteria when I was looking for road disc wheels, but regardless there didn't seem to be a ton of options. Seems like building might be your best bet. Are you looking for a 135 or 130mm rear hub?

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    Since you are using the disc on the hub for braking, even a carbon fiber rim can be used ..

    to eat up the hole in your pocket
    thumb thru the LBS catalog .. their distributors have a variety of rims ..

    I see some centerlock hubs , but out here its on MTB's 29ers or touring bikes ,
    neither are so gram conscious .



    I have a centerlock Front hub on my Bike Friday's Dyno hub ..
    as a touring bike its a good scheme as the lock ring lets the disc come off easily
    to be packed separately from the wheel, for the boxing up to go some where other than riding
    a loop out of your front door.

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    A little outside your stated price range, but a piece of data nonetheless:

    Volagi Ignite SL Wheelset $1895, carbon, ~1420g/set

    A step down would get you Volagi Ignite EL Wheelset for only $605, alu, ~1645g/set (but they're out of stock right now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    A little outside your stated price range, but a piece of data nonetheless:

    Volagi Ignite SL Wheelset $1895, carbon, ~1420g/set

    A step down would get you Volagi Ignite EL Wheelset for only $605, alu, ~1645g/set (but they're out of stock right now)
    These look interesting. After all, who doesn't ultimately exceed their price range when shopping for new bike parts . These will be going on my list of prospective wheels.

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    I was going to suggest you head over to the Weight Weenies site, but it looks like you already found it:
    http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...f=113&t=123417
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    I was going to suggest you head over to the Weight Weenies site, but it looks like you already found it:
    http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...f=113&t=123417
    Ah, very good sleuthing! I posted there initially and decided to post here as well. Definitely getting more responses here, but I did get some great information from one poster on weight weenies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwar View Post
    Ah, very good sleuthing! I posted there initially and decided to post here as well. Definitely getting more responses here, but I did get some great information from one poster on weight weenies.
    Yeah, I was going to suggest a custom build with 24 spokes in front and 28 in the rear, but I'm not certain what rims are "lightest" nowadays. FWIW: it's not something that I find really interesting, but then I'm an even 100lbs. heavier than you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Yeah, I was going to suggest a custom build with 24 spokes in front and 28 in the rear, but I'm not certain what rims are "lightest" nowadays. FWIW: it's not something that I find really interesting, but then I'm an even 100lbs. heavier than you.
    I think this is one of those things that I cannot justify the cost/benefit, even if I do weight $1.30

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    Check out the rims and complete wheelsets from Light Bicycle. They build with Novatec hubs, which I've been using for thousands of miles and found to be very reliable and roll very well. I use them for all of my MTB and road wheels. I have not used the Light Bicycle rims, but they have a good reputation among the builders that have used them.
    http://www.light-bicycle.com/carbon-...ad-bike-wheels

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    I’m debating an aluminum rim vs. a carbon rim. I cannot find road specific aluminum rims without a brake track and I really don’t like the looks of the silver brake track when I don’t even have rim brakes. If I do go aluminum, I am currently considering the Kinlin XR-200 or Stan’s Notubes ZTR Alpha 340, though I'm open to other suggestions.

    If I want to have a rim without a brake track, is my best option to go with a carbon clincher? For example the light bicycle 24mm carbon clincher? I think, normally, one would go carbon if they wanted a deeper more aero wheel, but I don’t need/want that.

    Thoughts?

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    there are heavier triangular section rims 29er, and there are road rims that are fully anodized.
    including the brake track , which is only silver after using brakes on it .

    I cannot be a free professional shopper for online sales outlets ..

    if you and I were meeting across the counter at the LBS I could thumb thru the catalogs
    of the distributors the shop has accounts with and you could see what is sold ..

    then get the wheels built thru their in house resources ,or I or my Colleagues at the shop would build them up there .

    web centered people will offer their finds and opinions .

    IDK maybe the open Pro CD rim is still not brake resurfaced like the MA40 were.

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    buy wheels from a real company

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    buy wheels from a real company
    Not helpful.
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