**asking for a friend, so don't worry about hurting my feelings**
My friend and I will be doing a bunch of shorter weekend tour-rides in advance of a trip to Ireland in late summer/early fall. Recently, he starting popping rear spokes on his Windsor Tourist. He knows full well that the wheels on bikesdirect bikes can sometimes be the weakest link on the purchase and is otherwise happy with the bike. He would like to upgrade to 36 spoke wheels, and found (on ebay) the following:
Anyone have experience with this vendor, or is anyone rolling these wheels? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I ride a converted MTB and already run 36 spoke wheels, and haven't had any problems, so I am of little help in wheel purchasing.
I bought a pair of 48 spoke tandem wheels from that vendor a few years ago. The spoke nipples were supposed to be brass, but mine rusted. I replaced all 96 personally, so was a good, but tedious, experience. Other than the spoke nipples, the wheels have been fine. I do recommend that your friend learn to test and adjust spokes to ensure roughly even tension throughout the wheel otherwise spokes will break when under loads and hitting bumps. That's probably what occurred with his original wheels -- lack of even, roughly, tension across spokes.
P.S. Yes, I would buy from that vendor again, especially with an auctioned set of wheels that could go for much less.
does that bike support 135 mm hubs? i couldn't tell by reading the bikesdirect page. it does mention 'road hubs'....so i'd double check to make sure the frame is 132.5 or 135 before ordering those wheels.
in any case, xt hubs and mavic a119s make a very nice wheel combo. but with any prebuilt wheel, have 'em checked a good shop and learn to do adjustments yourself.
That is a good question about the hub size support-I will have to ask him. As for learning to adjust and check himself, he is learning, and part of that learning has made him think that even a proper tuned 32 spoke wheel will have issues at load. This started happening when he increased his pack load on his commute to get acclimated to a heavier load-out, which is something we are both doing.
i found it interesting the windsor site was really touting how heavy duty the wheels are, etc. and that you guys are having issues with them. guess that's why they have the built-in spoke holder.
might be worth it to check out custom wheel building. will cost a bit more up front, but probably even out in the long run. once you figure out what size hub you need, check out some local custom places and/or check out lacemine29.com. mike knows how to build a wheel that will last. his website is kinda slack though.
Specialized.... schwinn..... enough to fill my needs..
I have an Alex Ace-19 36 spoke rear with Tiagra hub gathering dust. It was a warranty replacement wheel. Very low miles. I had Peter White build me a new rear wheel since I wasn't sure they would warranty it. So after contacting Peter and giving him the go ahead...... they said they would replace it.
Less than 200 miles..... Shimano hub. PM me if your buddy may be interested.
Most people don't have problems with front wheels unless you run into something.