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Old 06-07-10, 06:22 PM   #1
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What I'm sure is another wheel thread.

So here's the story. I commute on average about 200 miles weekly, I also ride in various charity events throughout the summer. I have several bikes. I keep breaking spokes. And I've learned that once they start on a wheel, they never seem to stop. I know it's all about tension and such, but I would love to find a wheelset that has some real strength to it. I've seen the Neuvation wheels and am seriously considering a set for my Surly Pacer, but I'm looking for some recommendations here for my commuter. The way it's set up currently, it has 700x28s and I think that's the perfect size for my commute. Anyone have any recommendations? I'd really love something affordable that I can have my LBS order. I always try to purchase through him. Thanks.

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Old 06-07-10, 06:28 PM   #2
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I am 6'4'' 245 and ride on Mavic Open Pros that were built by my LBS - works great for me with 23s. I also have Ambrosio Evolutions on my cross check for 3 years with no issues
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Affordable? Why gor for a set when the rear is usually the problem. Get a Deep V. Looks like you have a 32 spoke wheel there. Use the same hub, order the rim and new spokes, very affordable!

I put over 20,000 miles on my last Deep V, and I have a Deep V (700X28 tire) on my tandem, no problems with a total of over 400 lb rider weight.

One big factor that leads to spoke failure is that riders don't have them retenioned after 200 miles or so (breakin period). They need to be retensioned! Every builder in the past swore my wheels wouldn't need retensioing, EVAH! They were all wrong, loctite, linseed oil, glue, fairy dust, they need to be retensioned. Don't let a builder say they don't!

I started building my own, even they needed retensioning after 200. I did and now I look forward to 20,000+ on all my Deep V's.

Deep V ($70)...spokes $ $60....$150 for a STRONG wheel, why pay $300+ for a set when you don't need the front?
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Old 06-07-10, 08:12 PM   #4
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I wouldn't vote Mavic Open Pros, your not racing. I would go with a Deep-V or an Mavic A719 and maybe even go up to a 700X30c tire for commuting. If your getting a new hub I would vote 36 hole for a commuting wheel and keep some 32h for a set of event wheels.
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Alex Adventurers or Sun CR18s; have them built up around your current hubs with some 14g spokes buy a good wheelsmith, and you're set. Both rims are under $70 a set.
I'm 230 pounds and rolling on a handbuilt pair of CR18s, 32h 3-cross to a SON28 front and Ultegra rear hub. I just put in another 8 miles of trail riding this evening on them.
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