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Is there room for improvement in this Kinlin XR200 Wheel Build?

Old 04-23-13, 08:28 PM
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Is there room for improvement in this Kinlin XR200 Wheel Build?

I had a Wheelset built up for me almost 2 years ago and the wheels have held up fine, except that the front wheel has had to be re-trued twice. Granted, I ride them on some pretty nasty roads so that could be the cause, but I am going to forward the specs of the wheels I have to a friend who wants the same setup. I just thought I'd ask if you all felt there was room for improvement in the specs before I recommended the same build.

The goal with these is to have them be under 1450g and also not break the bank. They'll be used for racing and training by a woman.

Here's what I have for my personal wheelset:

Rims: Kinlin XR200 24 hole rear, 20 hole front

Hubs: Bikehubstore Ultralight road hubs

Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray

Lacing: Radial Front, 2X Rear


Like I said, I like the wheels but I did have to get the front re-trued twice since I've had them (though I have been commuting on them lately on pretty bad roads so I can't hardly blame the wheels).

I weigh 155lb and the person I'm recommending the build to is a woman who weighs less than I do. She'll use them for training and racing as I said.

Thanks for any tips or suggestions! Or if you feel it'll be a fine build for her, that's good to hear as well.
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If I read you correctly, I don't know what you expect from the post.

Wheel specs are mostly opinion and preference, so you might get many suggestions. Everybody has a favorite rim, loves one brand of spokes and hates another.

The key is that the identical spec served you well for two years, so there's no reason to expect that your lighter girlfriend would do any worse. If you go with this you know what to expect and won't be disappointed. OTOH- if someone steers you away from this spec, and it doesn't totally please you, you'll be kicking yourself thinking "why did I listen to that Bozo?".

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I've had mixed luck with some of those off brand rear hubs, so now I will only use genuine Shimano rears. But that will be a weight penalty (possibly as much as 100g.) So if you are happy with the hubs, go for it. I have two wheelsets built with Kinlin rims and I've been very happy with them.
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There's nothing wrong with the Kinlin 200's. I have several out there running around, and no issues. It's not necessarily the rim though, but the build. That said, the XR 200's I've received have been some of the straightest rims and easiest to work with than rims costing double the price. I've also used BHS hubs, and have good luck. If weight is the issue, I use BHS hubs before spending the big bucks. On lightweight builds I don't find it odd that you have to do a little truing in a couple years use, especially riding in the conditions you describe. I don't have any "scientific" back-up, but I feel that radial lacing will require more attention in rough conditions. I think 2x is more forgiving of rough roads. The extra 10mm spoke length adds "next-to-nothing" to the weight. If I recall BHS recommends 24 spokes for those over 160. Your gal should be fine with a 20 spoke front, but I'd recommend 2x lacing, and of course a good quality build. (I'd expound on this but for some reason I'm not able to separate text in paragraphs in this forum.)
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
If I read you correctly, I don't know what you expect from the post.

Wheel specs are mostly opinion and preference, so you might get many suggestions. Everybody has a favorite rim, loves one brand of spokes and hates another.

The key is that the identical spec served you well for two years, so there's no reason to expect that your lighter girlfriend would do any worse. If you go with this you know what to expect and won't be disappointed. OTOH- if someone steers you away from this spec, and it doesn't totally please you, you'll be kicking yourself thinking "why did I listen to that Bozo?".

Go ahead and build these wheels and don't look back.
I think you're absolutely right. I was mostly concerned about the fact that the wheel went out of true those couple times, considering I have wheelsets on my other commuter bikes that i've never had to true in 5 years... but those are also boat anchors and are laced to be as strong as possible.

In a lightweight build I guess like others have said, a truing once a year doesn't sound out of the ordinary. I was more wondering if the front would benefit from a different lacing like Reddog was talking about.

But I think you're right, FBinNY. I should just go with what I know has worked. Especially if she's lighter than I am.

Thanks everyone.
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