Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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Affordable? Why gor for a set when the rear is usually the problem. Get a Deep V. Looks like you have a 32 spoke wheel there. Use the same hub, order the rim and new spokes, very affordable!
I put over 20,000 miles on my last Deep V, and I have a Deep V (700X28 tire) on my tandem, no problems with a total of over 400 lb rider weight.
One big factor that leads to spoke failure is that riders don't have them retenioned after 200 miles or so (breakin period). They need to be retensioned! Every builder in the past swore my wheels wouldn't need retensioing, EVAH! They were all wrong, loctite, linseed oil, glue, fairy dust, they need to be retensioned. Don't let a builder say they don't!
I started building my own, even they needed retensioning after 200. I did and now I look forward to 20,000+ on all my Deep V's.
Deep V ($70)...spokes $25...build $60....$150 for a STRONG wheel, why pay $300+ for a set when you don't need the front?