Well last weekend I rebuilt the hub bearings on my year old Podium 2 stock wheels. Standard procedure for me, factory adjustments are too tight and the grease is sticky, I feel Park grease works far better (I have a tub).
While doing that, I noticed the front hub runs out about the axle! About 1-2mm. No wonder the wheel runs out!
So, I just found 2 x 32h Velocity Deep V rims on Ebay, brand new, $89 after shipping. Seems cheapest I see around for machined sidewall Deep V is $60 or so each. Going to look into hubs, Was thinking 105, but Tiagra seem to be near as good for a bit less. I'll look around on prices. Spokes will be wheelsmith DB with plated brass nipples. 3x laced all the way around for strength! Weight is not super important, I'm used to nice heavy MTB wheels/tires...;)
Honestly, the factory 28h wheels with radial front, and 2x rear felt weak to me. And even with fresh grease and a proper adjustment, they don't seem to spin near as well as my 13 year old LX hubs. Being 228lbs and dropping, and reading all that Mr. Beanz has written about his astounding luck with Deep V, I thought I'd build my own! I've built one wheel and re-built another, so its not gonna be hard :)
Won't happen anytime soon, gonna build them... sometime :) Might not be till spring, might be before then. Depends when I find good deals on hubs, then once I have both in hand and can take measurements, and use spocalc, I can get spokes...
So, where do you all find the cheapest Wheelsmith DB stainless spokes? I'll need 64 total, likely 2 or 3 different sizes.
The Tiagra would be a fine choice for the hub IMO. I had a local wheel builder put together a wheel for me about 18 months ago for my Specialized Allez. I had been breaking spokes and need the stronger wheel to support my weight, I've fluctuated between 280 and 320lbs in those 18 months. He used a Velocity Deep V, without counting I can't be sure but I believe it's a 36h, and he went with the Tiagra hub. I'm not sure of the brand of spokes, but I know that he only uses one brand on all of his builds.
How do the Tiagra's spin for you? from all I can tell they are just a less fancy, inexpensive version of 105. I'm not concerned with weight, I have more than enough to lose myself!
Originally Posted by therunt
As far as spokes, I tend to stick to Wheelsmith. They work for me. DT swiss or Sapim are also good choices, but I've used Wheelsmith on two wheels, no issues. I would venture a guess your wheel either has wheelsmith or DT swiss. Those seem like the top 2 choices.
I have a tiagra/deepV 36h rear wheel, that has been great for over two years now. Spins great, never broke a spoke, has only ever needed standard bearing maintenance. I tend to hover around 310-320 lbs.
it spins great!
Originally Posted by nymtber
Sweet, sounds like Tiagra it is! That will save me a bit, not that 105 are expensive, but Tiagra are about $30-40 cheaper for the set. Thats a lot when your saving for a house... :) Which is why I want wheels now, because once I have a house I will not spend the extra money! Actually, $40 is a new pair of Aero Tech bike shorts, which I also happen to need ;)