some of you may be following my Colnago Super build found here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ead?highlight=
i'm nearing completion with only the wheelset holding me up at this point.
my original intention was to build up the wheels using Campagnolo Record low flange hubs, DT stainless spokes and these Nisi Moncalieri 700c tubular rims (purchased over a year ago on a whim):
as you can see they are without eyelets.
the same rims adorn many fine bicycles (stolen pics from my favorite bike porn website http://www.speedbicycles.ch/start.php):
1976 Bianchi Specialissima
1974 Colnago Super Eddy Merckx
1975 DeRosa Pista (not Nisis, but non-eyelet Martanos)
based on the research i've done (BF, google, etc.), it is clear that a rim with eyelets is superior to a similar rim without. although is seems to be a subject, like many others, where there is no right or wrong answer, only an understanding of what to expect from one option or the other.
i guess this is where the question of my intentions lie... how badly do i want to build a period correct (at least in appearance) bike? in all actuality this tubular wheelset will probably see infrequent use compared to the clincher wheelset i plan on riding the bike with (Campagnolo high flange hubs to modern polished clinchers).
what kind of "issues" should i expect from the Nisi rims i want to use? any?
are non-eyeleted rims that much more difficult to true and tension?
in your opinion, am i wasting my time and money building these up?
the Nisis look and are supposedly NOS with some shop wear, so they have no mileage and would theoretically be as good as new from mid 1970's standards. i would expect to get many many miles of use out of them.