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Old 11-11-13, 06:05 PM
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Low spoke count hubs

I have a nice pair of low spoke count mountain bike rims that I'd like to lace into wheels. I need a 24 hole front hub and a 28 hole rear hub. Oh, and I don't really need the wheelset so I don't want to pay too much for the hubs.

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https://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...b-24h-qr-black
https://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...b-28h-qr-black

Can't vouch for the quality, but they are cheap. Plus, I've had good experiences with other models of formula hubs in the past
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If you want something cheap and bombproof, look here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-Deor...item4acb98bfac Be aware the spoke holes are not offset so radial is probably best (I built a wheel with one of these.)

If you want light, get one of those ~77g hubs straight from China for like $35. I built a wheel with one of these too, seems fine.

Rear hubs, you're on your own. You should be able to find a Shimano 28h rear hub easily enough. If you know where to find decent 24h rear hubs let me know!
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I'm sorry if I was wrong to assume this was for rim brakes.
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I'm sorry if I was wrong to assume this was for rim brakes.
Same here... Oops.
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Here is one moderately priced 28H rear: https://www.amazon.com/SRAM-X-9-6-Bol...=28H+rear+hubs

And a not-so-moderately priced 24H front: https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-HB-900...24H+front+hubs
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I've used Circus Monkey and have no complaints.

Well, one little grumble. I wanted to do the NDS radial, and I doubt the quality of the advice they gave. But the hubs have/are doing fine.
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Originally Posted by surreal View Post
I'm sorry if I was wrong to assume this was for rim brakes.
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Same here... Oops.
Uh - "Retro Grouch" - it was a pretty safe assumption.
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True dat, but these low-spoke-count 26" rims seemed like a departure from your usual Retro-Grouch preferences already... are discs too far off, now?
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Oh, and I don't really need the wheelset so I don't want to pay too much for the hubs.
the Chinese companies are there to supply you.. as they work cheap

24 hole are used in smaller16" wheels that Bike friday makes up, 28 is what Brompton uses
low spoke count when not spread around on a large diameter rim are reasonable ..

Companies make Hubs for the folding bike market... [ but, sorry, I'm not a search engine]
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True dat, but these low-spoke-count 26" rims seemed like a departure from your usual Retro-Grouch preferences already... are discs too far off, now?
Don't try to make too much sense out of it. I've got the Bontrager Race Lite rims laying around in my shop. I have no use for them and they take up space so they have negative utility. What better thing to do than to spend some additional money to build another wheelset that I really won't have a use for?
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Thanks to everybody who offered suggestions but I've come to my senses.

Anybody want a pair of lightly used Bontrager Lite rims? What do you have to trade? I'd let them go for pretty much any bike parts that you think would be of equal value.
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I believe you've made the right decision.
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Anybody want a pair of lightly used Bontrager Lite rims? What do you have to trade? I'd let them go for pretty much any bike parts that you think would be of equal value.
Hah, I was waiting for this. I would but I already have a pair of 24h MTB rims that have been sitting in a box for almost a year now...

Also, you know you're a Retro Grouch when you consider a 24/28h set "low spoke"
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