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Old 01-09-06, 07:40 PM   #1
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New year, new wheels

The SPD-sandalled Santa gave me a set of Phil hubs for Saturnalia, and now I am preparing for a nice winter wheelbuilding project. I am debating among a few different rim options and want your opinions and hard-won wisdom.

The hubs are 32h, high flange SLR rear, low flange front. They are fixed gear, or the rear one is, anyway.

I am looking for a traditional-looking rim, or at least not a deep aero, and no funny colors. Silver. Braking surface required.

My goal is to build a set of strong, lightweight wheels suitable for urban conditions, sometimes with <20 pounds of cargo or so, and the occasional fire trail. Thus the rims will need to accomodate a 32 or 35mm tyre.

The rims I am considering so far are Velocity Dyad, Salsa Delgado, and Sun CR-18.

Since I am unaccustomed to working with such high-end parts, I have to admit feels silly to lace a pair of phancy Phils to reasonably-priced rims such as the CR-18s or Delgados. The Dyads fit the bill but look a little high-tech for my tastes (at least on screen). I like the Suns but if I'm going with that price point, the Delgados are about 50g lighter the pair...

I should note: I am not a cx-ist, but I thought y'all would have some wisdom to offer regarding the kind of wheel I am after. I cross posted to the FG forum and mechanics too.

So what do you think? Is it dumb to lace up Phil hubs to lower-shelf rims? Am I forgetting any good rim options? Any experience with the listed rims?

Your input is most appreciated.

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Old 01-10-06, 08:58 AM   #2
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Mavic MA3 are reasonably priced, strong, and popular in the fixed gear crowd. I built one with a suzue basic hub and have had no problems for over two years.
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I am going from Rolf wheels to a classic 32-spoke wheel and just purchased a strong set: they have Mavic's Open Pro rims with butted spokes (I'd definitely take Phill Wood over the Ultegra hubs if that had been an option).
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I am going from Rolf wheels to a classic 32-spoke wheel and just purchased a strong set: they have Mavic's Open Pro rims with butted spokes (I'd definitely take Phill Wood over the Ultegra hubs if that had been an option).
What size of tyres are you running, wagathon?

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Although I've never had problems with 23c tires, I have 120 psi 28c rear and 25c front tires on both road bikes.
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+1 ma3's

my old phils were laced to openpro's but I destroyed them riding cross
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