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Bikes: Masi (retired), Giant TCR, Eisentraut, Jamis Aurora Elite, Zullo (trainer bike), Cannondale, 84 Stumpjumper, Waterford(N+1), Tern D8 (N+1), looking for a Ti frame
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I have a bunch of bikes with different spoke counts varying from 20 to 36. I don't seem to have a problem with the wheels with low spoke counts, maybe the spokes are thicker and stronger. I have a wheel that has 36 spokes and over the years I have broken 2 spokes on this rear wheel and 2 alloy nipples. My oldest set of wheels just keep going and have been for about 30 years now. But I have always gotten good quality hubs (Campy record and Phil Wood) 36 spokes in my younger days.
But to answer your question, if I were getting new wheels I would get the cheapest set of Campy wheels ($175) because I have mostly Campy drivetrains. At that price I could go through a couple of sets of wheels before getting close to the cost of a Phil Wood hub. Now if I wanted a bulletproof set of wheels I would start with 36 hole Phils and build from there. Rims that I like are Mavic Open Pros but I would look for any cheap strong rim.
Last edited by cyclist2000; 05-29-13 at 10:56 PM.