This thread could probably go in multiple areas, but I'm putting it here because building a new touring wheelset is what got me thinking.
I consider myself a pretty good mechanic. You could probably put my smack in the middle of novice and pro. I build good wheels, and I've done plenty of sets. Now I'd like to ask this just to get some opinions and input. I'm looking at all the options for hubs for a touring wheelset. I'm frugal, so I'm looking close. How about these Acera-X hubs? Why not? I know they're really low on the totem pole - but am I against them for any good reason, or just because a 'real' cyclist would use something more expensive? Is there a true measurable funtional disadvantage to the hubs on the lower end of the tier? Where on the scale do you think these disadvantages start? How cheap would you go? What makes the cheaper hub worse? Where is the best value? This is something I'd be very curious to hear opinions on. I'm going to try the Acera-X hubs and keep a log of how it works out. Experimentation beats conjecture, but in the mean time I'd like to hear what other people think.