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Old 07-05-05, 01:31 PM   #1
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PLease reccommend a good wheelset for touring/commuting

I am thinking pretty seriously of updating my 1984 Trek 720 tour bike with a modern 700c wheel set. Need a good reccomendation though.

I just want a solid, dependable wheel set in a good size (700 x 32?).
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Old 07-05-05, 01:42 PM   #2
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I have Mavic A-719 on my touring bike. They performed very well on a recent 11 day tour. I was carrying loaded panniers front and rear as well as a handlebar bag. I weight 210 lbs. No flats with the tires used, i.e., Continental Top Touring 2000.
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Old 07-07-05, 05:36 PM   #3
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I just built up some 700c Sun Rhyno Lites with XT hubs in 36 spoke with 3x pattern, dt siwss spokes. I am running Michelin Transworld tires right now, previously Panaracer Pasella Tourguards which were pretty good.

These wheels are replacing the Alex rims with Ritchey Zero dish hubs 36 spoke, 3 in the front and 4x in the back. I weigh in at about 240 and toured the C&O canal on those things fully loaded and they didnt budge. Those wheels are the best wheels I have had and really the only reason I replaced them is because the parts for my new wheels were on sale from our distributors and I was bored at work. I am planning on selling them if anyone is interested just pm me.
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Old 07-07-05, 07:40 PM   #4
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I have used Coda, Alex Adventurer, and Sun CR18 rims for touring. All were built into 36 spoke, 3x wheels using 14 gauge spokes. All of them worked just fine.
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I pulled a 40 lb BOB Yak 2k miles on a Mavic Open Pro after the stock wheel failed. It's never been trued but is straight as an arrow. I highly recommend the Mavic Open Pro rims!
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I ran 48H Mavic t521s (which is now the A719) laced to Phil Wood 48H FSC hubs. A very costly wheelset, but can handle ANYTHING you throw at it or on it! In the 7 years of loaded touring I used them for, they never once came out of true.

Also, I use Schwalbe Marathons. Have never had a single flat with them.
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I would be interested in those wheels if they're not already gone. Please E-mail me at rlareno@gmail.com with pics and price.
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I have a set of wheels built by Peter White around Mavic MA3 rims. 32 hole front-105 hub, 36 hole rear-XT hub-14g straight gauge spokes.

I toured last summer on them, Budapest to Istanbul over a month, plus a goodly bit of local riding as well. No problems.

I'm thinking of switching to a wider rim though (MA3's are kinda narrow), when I swap the rear. The braking surface is now worn, but these wheels allready had ~4K on them when I got them.
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my setup:

front:
rim: salsa delgado cross/touring 32h
hub: shimano deore 32h
spokes: dt 14 guage
tire: conti top touring 2000 700cx32

rear:
rim: mavic a719 36h
hub: shimano deore lx 36h
spokes dt 14 guage
tire: conti top touring 2000 700cx32

The salsa delgado is a good midrange rim for the price. You can't beat it. They are around $35 USD or so. LX hubs are around $30-$40 USD and deore are about $5-$10 less, depending on where you go. I built up a better rear wheel because that's where the majority of my weight is. When I start carrying heavier loads in the front I will probably upgrade my wheel. So far so good.
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Old 07-26-05, 03:53 PM   #10
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Front and rear a719 36h mavics and xt hubs with armadillo 35's. Pull a loaded bob (60lbs) and me 220lbs--no problems after 3000+ miles.
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