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    130mm Hubs with 6 bolt Disc compatibilty

    I have a Lemond Poprad Disc. Great bike that can I use for commuting, cyclocross, weekend rides on trails. Problem is the wheelset is weak. I think it is due to the low spoke count.

    I have had no luck in finding many hubs that are 130mm and 6 bolt disc compatible and I really don't want to get a shop to widen the chainstays. Maybe that will have to happen.

    I am looking into getting a set of these:
    http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1746

    Higher spoke count.

    I am on my 5th true of the rear wheel and have only ridden ~4000 miles.

    While the true is only about 10 bucks a pop, it is the hassle of bringing it in to the store that chaps my hide.

    Any experience on the Vuelta XRP: 700c Team SL Cyclocross wheelset would be appreciated.
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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.
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    those hubs are 28s or 32s ? BTW, thanks for the info.
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    Kona payroll wheelset, comes on their new bike... looks like 32 spoke hubs and V rims, i'm not sure but i think the rear hub is spaced at 130mm.

    You can try asking your local kona dealer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Skidmark View Post
    those hubs are 28s or 32s ?
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    I'll just mention these... chris king and phil wood, prepare to open your wallet very wide.

    My two cents,

    135mm spacing is how all those older road-frames with disc brakes should have come... unfortunately it is easier to just weld on a disc tab than to re-align the rear triangle - lazy. To me it is frustrating because looking forward I see most frames are now 135mm. Although I never purchased such a frame I was very near to it. To further complicate things i would often ride a disc equipped road bike in snow/rain... conditions which are tough on the hubs and may cause them to fail prematurely.

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