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Old 01-29-10, 02:09 PM   #1
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32 hole Synergy OC Rims

So the diff between 32 and 36 hole rims has been addressed before, but I have a particular question I wanted to know if anyone had some experience with.

I'm considering building a new set of 700c wheels for my touring bike, and I happen to have a pair Shimano 600 32 hole hubs in very good shape and a pair of Velocity Synergy 32 hole rims with an off center drilled rear.

If I use these hubs and rims I can save a substantial amount of money, but will I be wasting my time and money to try to get away with 32 spokes in the rear? I weigh 200 at my worst, commute every day on this bike, load up my panneers with groceries on the weekend, and will be doing a couple of overnights this Spring.

Does the reduced dish/added strength of the offset rear rim, compensate for the greater stresses caused by having less spokes? are 32 hole drilling only really a problem on lighter weight weaker rims? I kind of have a penchant for learning lessons the hard way, so I'm inclined to go for it
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Old 01-29-10, 03:06 PM   #2
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IMO, you'll be fine on some properly tensioned modern 32's. I weigh up to 230, not counting my load, and I ride the heck out of 32 spoke wheels, with a camelback, on rough terrain.
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I built a set of wheels using Shimano XTR 32H hubs, Velocity Synergy 700c OC 32H rims (front & rear), DT Swiss Competition double-butted spokes laced 3X, and brass nipples. As far as I can tell, the result is one of the most durable wheelsets I own. Rode my 165lbs & 51lb bike down the Pacific Coast, including a couple of full-speed encounters with deep potholes, and they're still as true as the day I laced them.

Granted, only time will tell if they truly last, but I think the relatively even tension between the drive and non-drive spokes can only help longevity...
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Thanks for the excellent insight, I think I'll do it
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youll be fine, provided you build the wheels well...
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This will be my first Wheel build but I will have a lot of help and supervision from experienced wheel builders, I volunteer at a bike co-op, so some of the senor mechanics will help me out
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