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Old 08-20-09, 04:17 PM   #1
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lightweight wheelset for ultralite touring/ bikepacking?

I am 5'9 and 150 +/- lbs. I will be carrying 10 +/- lbs. of gear. This will be for my cyclo-cross bike. I do plan on riding on and off-road. I know of the Mavic Open Pros and DT Swiss RR 1.1, both with 32H, 3 cross lacing. Anything else I should be looking at? What do you recommend?
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nice wheels you are taking spare spokes right?
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Yes, along with a Fiber Fix (or 2). I figure if I break a spoke, use a Fiber Fix, then use a Hypercracker and install new spoke at camp (or where ever I rest my head).
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Mavic open pros or CXP33's-I would prefer the CXP's for strength. Why only 32 spokes? The extra 4 will not weigh a great deal but will add a great deal of strength.

On Hubs- I use shimano 105's for lightness but Ultegra's are most peoples favourite. 3 cross lacing is good so no problem there.

So CXP 33/Open pro rims---Ultegra hubs and 36 double butted spokes- they will be bombproof and not too heavy either.

And no need for spare spokes- 4,000 miles on my 105/CXP 33's- and just greased the bearings- checked for true and spoke tension---and that was it- just checked and still perfect.

Quality depends on the wheel builder though.
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Thanks. I was also considering the CXP33's with Ultegra hubs. I could go for 36H. May have Colorado Cyclist do them. Unless there is a cheaper/better place you recommend.

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I've got a hundred pounds on you, so this may not apply in your case, but I'd go with 36 spokes, too. They don't add much weight, and I've probably broken 10 times as many spokes on 32-hole wheels as on 36s.
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Yes, along with a Fiber Fix (or 2). I figure if I break a spoke, use a Fiber Fix, then use a Hypercracker and install new spoke at camp (or where ever I rest my head).
This is why I love to browse the forums here. I'd never heard of a Hypercracker, now I know what it is and where to find something similar. Thanks.
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Maybe it's just me, but wheels aren't where I'd be trying to save weight on a tour. Unless you're touring major metropolitan areas, anyway. If you have a failure in, say the Porcupine Mtns in upper Michigan, with the nearest bike shop of any kind over 70 miles away, you're looking at a long walk.

Been there, done that.
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I'm going to be replacing my stock wheels anyways. Why not get light/durable wheels? I'm not going to be cutting my toothbrush in half.
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Yeah. Kind of like backpackers cutting the off the tabs on tea bags.
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