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Finally Got My New Open Pro Blacks Built!!

Old 09-01-04, 09:26 AM
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Finally Got My New Open Pro Blacks Built!!

After a month of riding on my old wheels, which have a few broken spokes, and getting through my wedding, I finally was able to build up my new Open Pros! Any tips out there for the break-in period?
Thanks in advance, Alex
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Tip for breaking in if built professionally - ride a block or two, expect possible "ping" or 2 of spokes adjusting or settling. If your builder is real good, he would have stressed relieved them for you - so no pings.

What hubs and spokes are you working with?

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ultegra hubs, double-butted competition spokes. I road the few blocks and heard definite pingage, like two or three times. Is this bad? They told me to bring them back in 60 miles... Had them built at the local Performance Bike store.
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Nope, not bad and to-be-expected. It's the tension on the spokes relieving and settling. Some wheelbuilders will actually ride the wheels or submit them to some sort of stress relieving exercise prior to delivery. Some don't. No biggee. The point of returning them after 60 miles to make final adjustments after everything has settled.

Nice setup - what the set weigh?

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Not sure on the weight Rad, although I hear Open Pros aren't the lightest thing out there. I got them because I hear they are a fan of abuse, which my 215lbs doled out mercilessly to my factory wheels on my Trek 1000. The final decision came down to finding money for a new bike, or attacking the actual problem, i.e. new wheels. I just hope these hold up...
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Open Pros aren't the lightest or heaviest, but those things stay true and take abuse.

The first time I read your post (far too quickly) I thought you got the rims for a wedding gift and was going to ask how you got your fiancee to let you register at a shop. Good idea, I'm just three years too late to try it.
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A good wheel builder will pre-stress the spokes in the building process. If you hear 'pings' during your first ride, you might want to consider having someone else build your wheels. And even though the 'pings' may not have an adverse affect on the true of the wheel, it would give me pause to wonder what else the wheelbuilder forgot or did not do just to get the job done.
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