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Old 10-28-09, 11:05 PM
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700c road disc wheels

I didn't know if I should post this here, in commuting, or in cyclocross. So here goes.

I'm building a 'cross commuter bike, based on a 'cross frame, and now I'm looking for a 700c road disc wheelset. It's not easy to find one pre-built, in the sense that there aren't too many out there. Vuelta XRP Pro is the most common.

Can anyone suggest a pre-built disc wheelset for me, costing between 300$ and 500$?

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PS -- I have done a forum search and the only thing that popped up on this topic was a road disc wheel thread from last year, which basically said: "have it hand-built".
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Old 10-28-09, 11:19 PM
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What are your quality preferences? Light, strong, cheap?

If Strength is #1, the 29er and CX crazes have resulted in a wide variety of choices.

If Light is #1, I think the "have it hand-built" advice still applies.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
What are your quality preferences? Light, strong, cheap?

If Strength is #1, the 29er and CX crazes have resulted in a wide variety of choices.

If Light is #1, I think the "have it hand-built" advice still applies.
I suppose I think that one can get a reasonable compromise btwn strong and light. I know I likely won't get anything near 1500, but perhaps 1700 grams is reasonable to expect for 400 bucks?!?!

Which makers do you recommend re: a pre-built wheelset? I've come across references to Bontrager Select disc road wheels and the Vuelta XPR pro that I originally mentioned. Both run about 250-280$.

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Old 10-29-09, 03:34 AM
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I'm running Bontrager Select Discs w/28mm's on them. Retail run about $300 for the pair, but deals can be had. I paid right around $200 for mine. Some complain about the paired spoke design, but I'm a 180lb rider and no issues with mine.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
I'm running Bontrager Select Discs w/28mm's on them. Retail run about $300 for the pair, but deals can be had. I paid right around $200 for mine. Some complain about the paired spoke design, but I'm a 180lb rider and no issues with mine.
I'm one of those who have had issues with them, and I own two sets and weigh 165 lbs.

I'll be willing to part with one set after this weekend when I pick up the new wheels my LBS is building for my Trek Portland. The rear was replaced under warranty in June, but has been used only for a couple of hundred miles. PM me if you're interested.

The big difficulty with road disk wheels is finding rear hubs. If your bike can fit 135mm, then there's no problem at all because any MTB hub will fit. If you need 130mm hubs, good luck--especially with your budget.

My new wheelset is being built with Velocity's 130mm Road Disk Rear Hub (3rd row down on the right on this page). Other than the price, $140, I know know nothing more about it than what's on that page. Ask for a review after a month or so.

I chose Velocity's VXC disk-specific rims. They get a premium for those--$80 a hoop. Along with a front dyno hub (Shimano Alfine), I'm looking at $715 for the set before sales tax and my bike club discount.
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I'm no expert. I think most cross frames are spaced at 135 mm. I've got a Salsa La Cruz and it's sporting Shimano Deore XT hubs with the six-bolt disc mount. Rims are Salsa Delgado Race (some folks report problems with these, but I'm 500 miles in with no trouble yet). Don't know what the spokes are.
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Originally Posted by looie View Post
I'm no expert. I think most cross frames are spaced at 135 mm.
You have to be really careful there... They're pretty much all over the place. I really wanted to build a Redline frame and they were 130mm. My understanding from Soma is that the DoubleCross is in all actuality a 132.5 although they bill it as 135.
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Originally Posted by tkehler View Post
PS -- I have done a forum search and the only thing that popped up on this topic was a road disc wheel thread from last year, which basically said: "have it hand-built".
Well, nothing has changed from last year.

If you want a prebuilt, get the Mavic Speedcity (assuming you have 135 spacing).
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Old 10-29-09, 02:07 PM
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For off-the-shelf, look for "29er" mountain bike wheels -- they're 700C and often disc compatible. For example, there are 700C disc wheelsets from $145 to $775 on the 29er page at Pricepoint (http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb/3-Pa...arts-False.htm).

Although 29er tires tend to be very fat, many of these wheels seem to be built with relatively narrow rims. See http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#width for information on compatibility between rim and tire widths.
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Originally Posted by da07079 View Post
For off-the-shelf, look for "29er" mountain bike wheels -- they're 700C and often disc compatible. For example, there are 700C disc wheelsets from $145 to $775 on the 29er page at Pricepoint (http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb/3-Pa...arts-False.htm).

Although 29er tires tend to be very fat, many of these wheels seem to be built with relatively narrow rims. See http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#width for information on compatibility between rim and tire widths.
As stated above... Everything depends on the rear dropout spacing; 29'er wheels are gonna require 135mm's. Not all CX frames have that spec. Many have 130mm...
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Old 10-29-09, 05:16 PM
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Like others have said above, you have to find out what the rear spacing is on your prospective frame. I really love the look and idea of a roadie/CX bike with disc brakes but the problem of finding 130mm spaced disc wheelset is why I went a different route (Cross Check).

Most CX bikes are actually 130mm rear spacing but you have to check your own frame to find out (manufacturer's website).
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Old 10-30-09, 02:55 PM
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Universal Cycles can build you wheels from a wide variety of parts. They have a pretty neat web wheel builder:
http://www.universalcycles.com/wheelkit.php

For $300 to $500, you should have a lot of options open to you. Personally, I would probably build mine with Shimano XT FH-M756 36h hubs, Mavic A317 36h Disc wheels, and DT Swiss Butted spokes. Nice mid-range disc setup. They will build this wheelset for $285.
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Old 10-31-09, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by thermador View Post
Universal Cycles can build you wheels from a wide variety of parts. They have a pretty neat web wheel builder:
http://www.universalcycles.com/wheelkit.php

For $300 to $500, you should have a lot of options open to you. Personally, I would probably build mine with Shimano XT FH-M756 36h hubs, Mavic A317 36h Disc wheels, and DT Swiss Butted spokes. Nice mid-range disc setup. They will build this wheelset for $285.
I have that exact wheelset on my commuter, though I only paid $230 on Ebay, including shipping. They have about 9,000 miles without any problems. They might be heavy for some people(easily double the weight of the record/arayas on my old racer), but for commuting, I'd rather have bombproof.
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I believe XT M756s could be re- spaced and re-dished to fit a 130mm rear
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Originally Posted by tkehler View Post
Vuelta XRP Pro is the most common.
A word of caution about Vuelta XPR. Two, actually.

1. These are not real Vuelta - these are some sort of Chinese re-branded incarnations of bikesdirect.com and while the quality is not bad, they are _not_ Vuelta.
2. The rims as sold on these disk wheels are a bit narrow, 0.50" or almost 13 mm (inside width), and installing a tire wider than 28 mm is not safe.
I ride them with Panaracer T-Serv 28 mm, inflated to 65-80 psi, and cornering at speed (40 mph or thereabout) is OK. Would not try this with wider tire on these rims though.
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