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Old 02-06-07, 12:55 PM   #1
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Week long tour in June, worried about my wheels

I'll be doing a weekish long tour on the trail from Pittsburg to D.C. in June with friends an family and am starting to question my hub choice. Through volunteering at a local bike organization I can order stuff at whole sale + 20% (20% goes to the organization) and I found a closeout deal for an ultegra 9 speed hub and dura-ace hub for real nice an cheap and decided to go for it. The problem is there weren't any 36 hole hubs available. I'll be using velocity Dyad rims and DT competition spokes so no problem there, I'm just concerned 32 isn't enough.

Things to keep in mind about my touring situation:
Hard packed trail most of the way, I'll probably run either 28 or 32 mm tires
I weigh about 160lbs and plan on cutting down on weight by using a hammock and splitting tools n such up between the other 4 people on the tour
Bike is a surly crosscheck

Thoughts? Should I swap them for something different before I lace them up?
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Old 02-06-07, 12:57 PM   #2
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I weigh 230 and have had no problems doing loaded tours on my 32sp wheels. YMMV
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Old 02-06-07, 02:01 PM   #3
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I have 32H Mavic CXP rims with LX hubs on my LHT. So far they have held up fine even on some rough roads in Baja and some dirt tracks. I weigh 160lbs and try to keep my load fairly light.

If I was going on an around the world tour I'd build up some really tough wheels, but if your touring is likely to be only a week or two a year and you don't carry a silly amount of gear you should be fine.

Just make sure your wheels are well built and tensioned.
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Can you fit fatter tires?That could take the edge off...35/37?
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Can you fit fatter tires?That could take the edge off...35/37?
Yeah it's a surly crosscheck so I think so. I've also got a nicely broken in sprung brooks to help.

Also thanks for the info guys, sounds like I'll be ok. What tires were you guys running?

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If you own them and can't return them, I wouldn't worry about it. But if you want to move in the direction of a touring set-up, 36 would be a lot better, particularly with 700c. But to sink all that money into spokes and rims when it isn't quite right seems to be heading off in the wrong direction. Though for a cross bike at your weight 32 might be preferable. It's not a good deal if you don't head off in the right direction. To spend 150-200 on spokes and rims when you could get the right hubset, say LX, for 50 doesn't seem like a savings.
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That's true, I'm trying to do this crosscheck like a light touring/commuter/long distance riding kina bike and I will be able to afford a second wheel set in a few months. I just got a really good deal one the dura ace and ultegra hubs and wasn't so sure about their touringness. I'll be sure to bring a few extra spokes along too.
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Yeah it's a surly crosscheck so I think so. I've also got a nicely broken in sprung brooks to help.

Also thanks for the info guys, sounds like I'll be ok. What tires were you guys running?
Marathon XR 700 x 35 running fairly low pressure.
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June can be rainy on the C&O trail, 35's as mentioned will work fine. This isn't exactly a ride that is going to be difficult on your equipment. You don't need to buy expensive tires if you don't want, Nashbar has some $10 hybrid tires that will work just fine
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