Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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My Trek Portland had the same stock wheels and the same problems as you're experiencing. Only I also broke rear spokes with clockwork regularity.
I had a wheelset built with the Velocity Road Disc rear hub
and the Velocity VXC disk-specific hoops
. It's my commuter so I took the opportunity to add a dynamo hub to the front.
In any event, the rear hub was $140, the hoops $80 and I had it laced 3-cross with DT Competition spokes. These wheels are everything the originals should have been. They are strong, yet ride nice (without that "junk shake" the stock wheels had) and the rear came out at exactly the same weight. (The front is heavier on account of the dyno hub.)
Pics here: http://www.brucew.com/blog/2009/11/26/751
I've commuted on these wheels every day since November 3rd. They remain comfortable, durable and reliable. I love them.
EDIT: I looked at the ones on your link. They seem okay. But the 18mm rim width is something to think about.
The VXCs are 24mm. This has made a huge improvement in ride quality with my 28mm road tires, 34mm cross tires and 38mm studded snow tires. The wider rim doesn't pinch in the beads as much, resulting in less curve in the sidewall which seems to let the sidewall flex more over bumps.
The additional volume also lets me run lower PSI than I used to, without increased risk of pinch flats. Off-road with the cross tires and in the snow with the studs, this also has also translated to higher grip, due to a flatter, less-rounded contact patch.
Oh, and it makes mounting the tires a lot easier too--especially the wire bead snow tires.
Last edited by tsl; 04-04-10 at 07:35 PM.