The day that I received my new wheelset I dropped the rear wheel onto concrete and severely bent the rim . I decided to replace the rim myself but with no prior wheel building knowledge my first ride ended with me walking my bike home because ALL of my spokes came loose and my wheel wobbled like the Tilt-A-World. During that ride I bent the rear rim again! ENTER Roger Musson's book "Professional Guide to Wheel Building". With my new knowledge, a new truing stand, a new tensionmeter, a new rim, and new spokes I was READY FOR BATTLE!
Rim: Velocity A23 OC (tubeless ready) black
Spokes: Pro Wheel Builder pink 2mm spokes
Hub: Shimano 105 black
The wheel's maiden voyage was anything but average. It started off with an hour of gravel grinding up multiple 300' hills. Then I found an old maintenance road through a forest which had four sections of waist deep swamp water that I had to carry my bike through. Then I jumped on another gravel road which led me into the middle of nowhere. Total ride time = 4 hours. Amount of happiness experienced = ALOT.
I wanted to post this because when I tried searching for info on PWB powder coated colored spokes I couldn't find a single review. I was very hesitant to try them but I am quite happy with the durability so far. I was NOT gentle on them during the wheel build process. Each spoke set was squeezed with my full grip force about 5 times and each spoke was jammed into my tensionmeter about 20 times. At the spoke bend near the hub each spoke has a crack in the paint but I tried scratching it off with my finger nail and the paint wouldn't budge. Otherwise the powdercoating is flawless. The off center rim was a GREAT success too! Final spoke tensions were 22-23 NDS and 23-24 DS! The pink spokes are not as awesome as the purple anodized rim that I used for my second build but Velocity doesn't make the purple anodized a23 anymore so pink spokes were the next best thing. My tire choice is Ritchey WCS Shield 700x35 tubeless which I also love. Thanks for reading guys!