I am almost done with deciding what to purchase for my new wheel build. The set will be going on a 1983 Univega Gran Turismo. I believe the spacing in the rear is 126mm. From what I have read, I should be able to fit a 130mm hub in there without doing much damage. Perhaps I could use a 135mm hub by cold setting, but I am a bit reluctant about that particular method. My question is, should I go for new shimano road hubs, or n.o.s. shimano mountain bike hubs? If anyone has any other hub ideas or options, please share, thanks!
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Watch out for the old Shimano cassette hubs. Newer stuff takes a Hyperglide cassette and the older takes a Uniglide. Its harder to find the Uniglide cassettes. Loosescrews.com has them. They pop up on ebay too. I think Sheldon did a write up on this. I don't know too much about the difference. They use 2 different locking systems and the Hyperglide has an indexing (not for shifting but for alignment) tab.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/k7.html 1/4 of the way down.
What are you using for spokes and rims?
you can easily fit 130mm into a 126 mm if its steel. thats what i'm doing.
Uniglide was an early cassette system it worked by the tallest gear was the lockring so you would use to 2 chain whips to remove it. the only problem with this system is finding replacement cassettes is a pain in the ass. DON'T get one! its not worth spending the time building up a hub with one of these.
They only made these for a couple years so you'll probably not have to worry about it but double check first.
Other then that old mountain bike hubs could work. I was going to use one to build up a wheelset for my touring rig but I ended up buying a set of CR 18s laced to ultegras for 80 bux on CL. I had to replace the cones on the front though.
So far I am planning on using Velocity dyad rims. I haven't looked into spokes yet, I have read on this forum that dt swiss alpine III are pretty beefy. Any suggestions on spokes?
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Ive never used Peter Whites wheels but I hear good things. He uses Wheelsmith. He also has a write up on why DTs are bad. Something about the bent end being too long and not providing a good fit on MOST flanges.
I have only done one wheel build and it was with DT competition. I forgot the gauge. They have been fine for me.
Are the alpines the triple butted ones?
I think for my next build i will be using Wheelsmiths for 2 reasons:
1. The Peter White article
2. I can get them cheaper than DT
I'd look around for a prebuilt wheelset, using new Shimano 130mm road hubs. Tiagra hubs will work great with any good rim (Mavic, Sun, Velocity). You want 36 spokes. Street price for a wheelset like this around $150 or less. It's impossible to build a set of wheels this cheaply.