Commuting on my cross bike has resulted in dying hubs and worn out sidewalls. I plan to get a disc brake commute bike to overcome part of that issue and free up my cx bike for cx. But now I need wheels.
I am an economically minded person - cheap, by necessity. 2 kids in college and all that. Any advice? I can get a shimano 105 hub, 32 spoke, velocity 23's for about $200. Good wheels? Or should I do something else? I sure like the price, weight is no bother till I lose about 50#.
2013 Kona Jake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires
The 105 hubs and A23 rims are both great, but if those are the Handspun wheels I think they have straight gauge spokes. That's not awful, I guess, but it would be the weak spot in the wheelset. You may not be able to find better wheels for that price.
Thought 105, being a roadie component, doesn't have disc mounts, the equivalent hub from the
hybrid sector uses an MTB hub, 700c rim.
Drop by the LBS and see what they can get for $100 a wheel. dont be too brand focused,
since the bottom line is as you say, economically dictated..
I see some well sealed rubber boot protected hubs on $400 bikes.
the shop should, if prompted, adjust the Hubs, add more grease, hand tension and true
the machine built wheels, and perhaps even offer a re truing in a month or 2..