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Velocity Aerohead w/ Ultegra Hubs. Worth it?

Old 12-11-18, 07:49 PM
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Velocity Aerohead w/ Ultegra Hubs. Worth it?

1) Can you tell me if $75 is a good deal

2) Tell me appropriate concerns given my intentions:
I currently have 700c 9 speed. My intention is to buy these and put the widest tire that the rim and my frame will accept, using an identical cassette. Then switch between my existing commuting wheelset and these (my new, gravel-tire/light-trail wheelset).


3) Tell me what I should look-for/ask when I go to check them out.

FYI, these would be used for relatively short miles and low-intensity riding. I want a chance to get on the trails occasionally for 5-15 miles stretches. Possibly commuting via trails instead of road some days and I'm looking to do this as cheaply as possible.

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Shimano Ultregra hub wheelset on Velocity Aerohead clincher rims. Shimano cassette compatibility: 8/ 9/10spd. Show signs of gentle wear. Recently tuned and true.







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I use Aerohead rims and like them a lot. Not a big fan of radial spokes, but they are ok on the front. The price is excellent.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Not a big fan of radial spokes, but they are ok on the front.
Thanks, I didn't notice nor know of radial spokes till now.
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Is the rear symmetrical, or "Off Center"?

I've got aeroheads on one bike, and like them. The rims are fairly narrow, and I probably wouldn't go for them with a goal of installing super wide tires.

Those look like straight gauge spokes.

$75 for the pair seems reasonable.
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Is the rear symmetrical, or "Off Center"?
Off Center

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The rims are fairly narrow, and I probably wouldn't go for them with a goal of installing super wide tires.
I'd like to put 38mm on them (widest my frame can handle I think).
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There are a few similar charts on the net.

So, the recommendation for a 37mm tire is for an internal width of 17mm to 21mm.

The Aerohead is 2 to 3mm narrower than the minimum recommendation.

The A23 (18mm inside, 23mm outside) would be on the low end.

The Aileron (20mm inside, 25mm outside) would also be a good choice).

The Aerohead will probably work with your tires, but you run the risk of the tire rolling side to side a bit.
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Old 12-12-18, 04:48 AM
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Good rims and hubs, at a very good price. However, I wouldn't use a radially spoked front wheel and 2x rear wheel for a gravel bike/trails.
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Depends on the trails for sure. Some paved trails are much better than roads, others are rough. Occasional use fine. As above, these are racing wheels, if you want fatter tires, I would raise the budget and look for a set of touring wheels.

I've always adhered to the "2X" rule (Sheldon Brown), no tire wider than twice the inside rim dimension. So a 14.4mm rim inside dimension means I would stop at 28mm tire. No way I would try a 38mm.


I hate aluminum spoke nipples. My guess the red ones are aluminum. I've had a lot of them break over the years. They look cool, but its a bad application for aluminum IMHO.


I'd check out the co-op in Richmond. Take some surplus bike stuff you have laying around to donate. We sell wheels cheap at the co-op I volunteer at here in NC. Inventory is constantly changing. I've never been to the co-op in Richmond, but their reviews are good.


From Sheldon Brown site: "A general guideline is that the tire width should be between 1.45/2.0 x the inner rim width."

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Ah, I couldn't find the dimensions for the Aerohead. Really appreciate you posting that image. I was going to take my caliper. I have been using Sheldon's chart of rim/tire widths to guide me. Rims are too narrow. That answers that, thanks again!
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Ultegra What? Looks like a freewheel to me.
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Originally Posted by loubikes View Post
Ah, I couldn't find the dimensions for the Aerohead. Really appreciate you posting that image. I was going to take my caliper. I have been using Sheldon's chart of rim/tire widths to guide me. Rims are too narrow. That answers that, thanks again!
Velocity discontinued the Aerohead OC rims a couple of years ago, and finally discontinued the basic Aerohead rims (not sure why they had one without the other).

The Australian models are older than the US models.

Anyway, info is disappearing from the web. That popped up with a Google Image search.
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Ultegra What? Looks like a freewheel to me.
I believe that is the HB-6500 hub. You can almost make it out in the second image.

I believe all true Ultegra (Not 600) hubs are freehub/cassette compatible, and either 8/9/10 for the 6500 through 6700 series, or 11 speed for the 6800 & 8000 series.
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Ultegra What? Looks like a freewheel to me.
If you double click on pic then click to enlarge you can see the freehub, most pics here will do this nowadays.
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Good price and good wheelset but Aeroheads are the only rims I’ve owned that I’ve managed to dent by hitting rocks in the road (twice) so I wouldn’t use them for anything tougher than dirt trails.
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