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Old 06-15-19, 09:37 PM
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Mating a rim to Dura-Ace 7700 Hubs

I've got a pair of wheels here, 32h Mavic GP-4 Rims w/ D-A 7700 hubs. I don't want to ride tubulars, and the rims aren't wide enough for my liking either. I'd like to use the hubs as basis for building another wheelset. Looking for suggestions for decent clinchers to mate to these hubs. Wheels would be used to carry a ~210lb rider on a roadster type bike. I don't plan on loading up this bike with much baggage (maybe 10 lbs sometimes). Thoughts y'all?
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Old 06-16-19, 05:49 AM
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Pacenti Brevet https://pacenticycledesign.com/colle...revet-rim-700c or H Plus Son TB 14 https://www.bikehubstore.com/H-Plus-...Rim-p/tb14.htm are both classic looking.
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Old 06-16-19, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Two excellent suggestions.

Those 7700 hubs can be matched to just about any rim on the market of appropriate hole count. Go wild!

Oh, and I've still got a couple sets of 7700 hub wheels and some spare hubs too. Fantastic hubs.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Both of these are good choices. I have a lot of experience with the TB14’s. They are excellent wheels. Very reliable and look fantastic. In fact, I have a set of these rims laces to the very same DA7700 hubs. I weigh about the same as you and can say without question, they won’t give you any trouble.

heres some tb14’s laced to dura ace 7600’s on my daily rider, sporting 32mm tires.
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Old 06-18-19, 10:22 PM
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Hello, those are some nice newer "old" rims. Up in Canada, those may be scarce. From what I gather, no distributorship exists and then to post / do the duty exchange thing, two rims begins to equal the price of a decent complete road bike. I think rigida supposedly makes some good stuff. Good start though! If I found a local set of those parenti OR H-plus, either would fit the bill.
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You may even be able to reuse the old spokes on the new rims without completely unlacing the old wheels. Just tape the new rim to the old wheel, loosen all the spokes, then move one spoke over at a time until they're all attached to the new rim. Pacenti Brevet, H+Son TB14, Sun CR18 all have a slightly smaller ERD, but you might get away with it.
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Thermie, I had thought of migrating the spokes over to a new wheel, buuuuuut, I decided against it. I'd rather just spend the money on new spokes. I thnk I can get them for about $18/wheel. It's the rims that are going to be the killer. I clipped all the spokes and gave the rims / tires to a commercial bike shop. I wanted to build this wheelset to mate up with an old Sekine frame I've got coming. I'd like to deck this new bike out with some good older stuff to make a reasonably light 80's/90's roadster.
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I've found Mavic Open Pro rims to be pretty bullet-proof. I used to be that sort of weight and they never gave me any trouble at all.
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Old 06-21-19, 04:55 AM
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hI had a 7700 hubset built with DT Swiss RR1.1 rims. Had I known that they had a propensity to crack, I would have avoided them. Even in 36 front, 36 rear there were micro cracks around the ferrules that only worsened over time. Thinking I had a bad one, I replace the rear with the same rim & it began doing the same thing. I still rode those wheels for about 10,000 miles.

A wicked crash finished them them off to where they looked like this:




I was glad to move on from these rims. So I had the 7700 rear hub (36) and a used 32 hole 7700 front built up with polished Velocity A23’s. My LBS mechanic is a great wheelbuilder. We used the lighter weight DT Swiss spokes with aluminu
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...with aluminum, blue anodized spoke nipples.




The polished A23’s have been great. I get lots of comments from folks at the club rides. They aren’t clear anodized so you have to periodically polish them with mag wheel polish. These rims have the more modern wider internal channel and tubeless compatible bead shelf. I’m running clinchers with latex tubes and they are great. I highly recommend them! The polished rims compliment the classic silver of the 7700 hubs to my eye.
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Hi Masi, sorry to hear about the smasheroo. Your pictures of the event don't show up any longer. I thought the Velocity Atlas might be a good one too, but they're 200g heavier than the A23. Those Velocity guys sure know how to charge though.

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