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    LHT Complete wheels

    I know a few of you who are close to my weight (330-340) have Long Haul Truckers. I'm curious if you guys had one built up to your spec, or had purchased a LHT complete. I am thinking about buying one, and am curious if the wheelset that comes with the complete would be adequete from my weight.

    I've been riding on the 32 spoke wheels that came with my Trek 7.2fx, and they've been doing OK so far. But I want to get a new, sturdier wheel set built ($250ish), and I also want to switch out to bullhorns ($100-150), so by the time I make these changes I've already spent 400 dollars which is just about half way to a LHT. Seems like it would make more sense to buy a LHT, and keep my current bike as it is for a back up or bad weather ride.

    I'm looking at the LHT complete on the Jenson USA site and it lists these for the wheels:

    Alex Adventurer 36h rims, laced to Shimano XT hubs with sturdy 14G DT Swiss stainless spokes
    WTB Slickasaurus tires with presta tubes

    I would be buying at a LBS, but I assume it would come with the same parts. So, what do you guys think?

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    Alex Adventurer rims = $60/pair
    DT 14ga spokes = $57/box of 100*
    XT 770 Hubs = $125/pair

    *assume similar price to purchase smaller quantities of 3 different lengths (2 for rear, 1 for front).

    Total = $240 in parts, another $40 - $50 each if you pay a shop to build the wheels, so at least $300 for the pair.

    You mention a sturdy wheelset for $250... What's the build on those?

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    I ran the stock build for a couple hundred miles without problems, but after two busted spokes I had the LBS rebuild by hand with new spokes. I'm going to imagine that it will last forever, espescially if you are not as abusive as I. In fact, if a Trek FX stocker has lasted you... I doubt you'll have ANY problems with a LHT. As a comparison, the Trek FX stock wheel lasted me all of like, 50 miles before constant broken spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Alex Adventurer rims = $60/pair
    DT 14ga spokes = $57/box of 100*
    XT 770 Hubs = $125/pair

    *assume similar price to purchase smaller quantities of 3 different lengths (2 for rear, 1 for front).

    Total = $240 in parts, another $40 - $50 each if you pay a shop to build the wheels, so at least $300 for the pair.

    You mention a sturdy wheelset for $250... What's the build on those?
    If I recall correctly:

    SunRingle RhinoLite 36H 40ish each
    DT Swiss Alpine III - $70 for box of 72
    Shimano Deore 525 hubs 55 for the pair


    Quote Originally Posted by bdinger View Post
    I ran the stock build for a couple hundred miles without problems, but after two busted spokes I had the LBS rebuild by hand with new spokes. I'm going to imagine that it will last forever, espescially if you are not as abusive as I. In fact, if a Trek FX stocker has lasted you... I doubt you'll have ANY problems with a LHT. As a comparison, the Trek FX stock wheel lasted me all of like, 50 miles before constant broken spokes.
    That's good to hear, I thought they would be okay but just wanted to double check. I was mainly concerned about the rims, as I see alot of suggestions for RhinoLites and Dyads for us "high end" clydes, but had never heard of these. I've put about 200 miles on my Trek so far, I've primarily just been commuting 2.5 miles to work. I've been hestitant to take any longer rides until I get new wheels built out of fear of having to walk my bike home 10 miles.

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    SunRingle RhinoLite 36H 40ish each
    DT Swiss Alpine III - $70 for box of 72
    Shimano Deore 525 hubs 55 for the pair


    A reasonable wheelset, but I think even with the straight gauge spokes, the stock wheels will be stronger. The XT hubs are a few steps up from the Deore, and I'm not a fan of the RhinoLite rims after hearing of a few people cracking them at the eyelets. (I think those are the same rims KT cracked.)
    One of the things to do with the stock wheels is have them fully loosened and retensioned by your LBS. It will cost you a few bucks more, but it's well worth the money. I've had no problems with my stock wheels (Alex DA16, 32h, 14ga DT on Deore hubs) on my X-Check after de/retensioning the wheels after the first few hundred miles.

    I see alot of suggestions for RhinoLites and Dyads for us "high end" clydes, but had never heard of these.

    Dyads are Velocity's touring rim. Other good "Clyde friendly" wheel builds tend to favour deep section rims like the Velocity Deep V or Mavic CxP33, or strong low-profile rims like the Mavic Open Pro or Mavic T520 touring rim.
    A very popular build is the Ultegra/Open Pro, or Ultegra/Deep V.

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