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Old 07-25-09, 07:14 AM
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Lightweight wheelset ideas

Getting one built up at my LBS. I was interested in opinions on this build

DT Swiss RR 1.1
Dura Ace Hi Flange
DT comps
brass nips

I'm 168 and ride about 50 miles a week, invariably in good weather.

A little concerned about the lack of seals in the 7600 hubs, but I figure with my reasonable mileage, it shouldn't be a problem.

Planning on building it as a 28 spoke wheelset, so I figure DT revolutions are out at my weight. Maybe front wheel and non-drive side Revos and drive side Comps? Bladed spokes are too much, so they are out.

Any ideas on a lighter weight build?

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Old 07-25-09, 08:31 AM
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Dura Ace low flange (7710), DT Revolution 2.0/1.5, brass nipples (alloy will be lighter but brass are less likely to round off during truing/tensioning), Mavic Open Pro. 32h. The extra 4 spokes will not kill you but will make your wheel much stronger/stiffer.

As for the sealed/unsealed, if you don't mind tearing your hubs apart a couple of times a season (assuming you ride in all weather, and there is a fair amount of nasty weather in your area), the unsealed will be okay. Don't be afraid of unsealed loose ball hubs.

However, any Formula/IRO/Dimension/whatever cheap house brand of hub with cartridge bearing will roll just fine, not weight a whole lot more/less than a nicer hub, and serve your purposes wonderfully. Bling is not necessarily better, especially with regards to hubs in wheels you're riding in crappy weather and locking up in the city.
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Old 07-25-09, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Dura Ace low flange (7710), DT Revolution 2.0/1.5, brass nipples (alloy will be lighter but brass are less likely to round off during truing/tensioning), Mavic Open Pro. 32h. The extra 4 spokes will not kill you but will make your wheel much stronger/stiffer.

As for the sealed/unsealed, if you don't mind tearing your hubs apart a couple of times a season (assuming you ride in all weather, and there is a fair amount of nasty weather in your area), the unsealed will be okay. Don't be afraid of unsealed loose ball hubs.

However, any Formula/IRO/Dimension/whatever cheap house brand of hub with cartridge bearing will roll just fine, not weight a whole lot more/less than a nicer hub, and serve your purposes wonderfully. Bling is not necessarily better, especially with regards to hubs in wheels you're riding in crappy weather and locking up in the city.
Formulas are fine hubs, but I'm indulging with the DA. They just look too cool. I thought about open pros, but the DTs are just a smidge lighter and just as strong.

I'm back and forth on the 28 vs 32. Part of it depends on which I can find at a good price. I've never ridden Revos, so I don't know if the whole flex issue is overblown.
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Old 07-25-09, 10:29 AM
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28 up front and 32 in the back
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do a low flange road hub up front w/ QR skewer. Road hubs are much lighter than track. Some people don't lkike the way a QR skewer looks on a track bike, but if all you are concerned about is lightness then it's a good move.
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Old 07-25-09, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
Some people don't lkike the way a QR skewer looks on a track bike, but if all you are concerned about is lightness then it's a good move.
they can use a bolt-on skewer.

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Old 07-25-09, 06:41 PM
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read these threads: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=539905 and http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=561075

good luck.
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I have a Campy Daytona LF road hub to Open Pro up front with the bolt on skewer.
DA 7710 LF hub, fixed 1 side only to Open Pro rear.
Light and looks good, IMHO.
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