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Just built a set of classic wheels - anybody else still do this?

Old 06-19-11, 10:10 AM
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Just built a set of classic wheels - anybody else still do this?

For my most used bike:

2011 Campagnolo Record 32h hubs
2011 DT Swiss 465 rims
DT butted spokes, 3 cross.
Brass nipples

Maintenance friendly hubs and spokes. Strong for training and rugged mountain roads. Home made!



Is it all pre-built bling for you, or?
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I'm done with prebuilts unless they have some sort of special parts I can't source on my own. (Certain depths and weights in carbon rims for example.) Then, I buy pretty much expecting that I'll have to rebuild them anyway. My latest wheels are Kinlin XR-270, 24H radial front, 28H 2x/radial rear with Sapim Race spokes, brass nipples and Novatech hubs. Light, strong, reliable.
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I now ride only on my handbuilts.

Road bike: 28/24 Zipp 404 clinchers, PowerTap hubs
Road bike 2: 24/20 Hed Belgium C2 clinchers, PowerTap hubs
Cross bike: 28/24 Hed Belgium C2 clinchers, PowerTap and Paul hubs
Commuter bike: 32/32 Velocity VCX, Velocity road disc hubs

It's really satisfying for me to build My own wheels because I know exactly what care and precision went into their construction.
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All my wheels are 32, 3x hand built.

I don't race, so I would rather have something that is simple, and strong that almost any LBS has parts to fix!

BTW: Jan those are great, they should give you 1,000's of trouble free miles.
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Old 06-19-11, 03:17 PM
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Same but different.

I have a pair of 404's but they are rarely ridden.
My everyday wheels on 3 bikes are:

Chris King R45 32h hubs
Mavic Open Pro rims
DT butted spokes, 3 cross.
Brass nipples
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I prefer to ride wheels I built myself. My road bike is currently on a set of 1375g wheels with 28 spokes front and rear.
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You built a nice wheelset which should last a very, very long time. Handbuilt wheels are the only way to go.
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