Looking around for a decent wheelset for my "new" late eighties Davidson touring bike. The frame is 125mm, but a 130mm hub slipped in pretty easy. I like to run 32mm tires max, which is good cause that seems to be close to the top of what this frame will take.
I am 220 pounds, generally carry a max of 20-25 pounds with water and food. Wheels up to now have been Ukia rims on Sansin hubs, 40 spoke rear/36 front. Freewheel.
Its time to consider a new wheelset, and found this one on closeout.
DT Swiss 370 Onyx hub (non-disc)
14G Stainless DT Swiss Spokes
130mm rear axle width
100mm front axle width
Super-tough Velocity 700c Dyad rim with machined braking surface
Black anodized rim and hub
Remaining stock available in 36-spoke lacing only
With shipping I can get this set for around $350 US. Right now that's a fair chunk of money for my budget, But pricing the separate parts, and considering its handbuilt, should I go for it? Ebaying a bunch of my vintage parts for the last few weeks has brought me close to paying for it.
Untill I found this I was thinking about the Velo Orange Gran Cru, as it comes in a 130mm. But they seem to call for a wider tire than I want to run.
And as a preemptive answer to the suggestion I spread the frame, thanks but no. I will not be doing that to this one. Not while they make 130mm hubs.
Oh, and here is a pic of the bike, still working on it, but rode it for a forty miler the other day and its a joy to ride. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/crawdadslim/14019385398" title="003 by onedollarmiyata, on Flickr"><img