Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes: Baum Romano, Colossi xCr, Homemade Bamboo!
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Just finished my first ride on the completed new wheels as a set. The front wheel was completed a couple of days ago.
Strangely enough I found the rear wheel much easier to do. Having screwed up the first attempt at the front (and needing to buy some new spokes) the rear was much easier. I put this down to experience after the fiasco that was the front. However, the second attempt at the front was also difficult and some of the same problems arose. Perhaps the extra width of the front hub or the need to have both sides evenly tensioned?
Anyway...lots learned, fun had, wheels in action. Thanks to BF member Kent who sold me the parts and then was very patient as he guided me through the work. He certainly earned his money after the hours he must have spent answering my many emails!
But I know you all just want to see the pics (because it is worthless without them!), so here we go...
Since there are no white garage doors in HK (I'm sure there are somewhere, but not as common as the US!) I've had to settle for a dirty roller shutter at the workshops at my office.
Details (repeated): Both rims are Kinlin 30mm. Front is 24 hole, radial, to a Alchemy ELF hub. Sapim CXRay spokes. Rear is 32 hole, 1x DS, 3x NDS, DTSwiss 240s hub. Skewers are DTSwiss titanium.
Haven't weighed the wheels (no scales) but the front was considerably lighter than the Shimano WH-R550 it replaced (16 spoke, 20mm? rim) so I'm going to guess that I've gone from about 1.85kg down to about 1.5-1.6kg.
Even the colour scheme looks good with the rest of the bike!