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Old 08-10-12, 02:22 PM
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custom wheel build

i use my bike for road riding and commuting to and from work. big hill on my commute, and poor roads in my area. i want to build a nice strong light and reliable wheelset and had some parts in mind. however, i'm uncertain whether these parts will give me the outcome i want, so i was hoping that perhaps i could get some feedback

Mavic Open Pro Rims, 28H
Dura Ace 7710 Track Hubs, 28H
Sapim CX-Ray Spokes (titanium ovalized, i believe same ones Zipp uses?)

i'm not certain what type of lacing would be best either. i like the look of less spokes, ~16-24 spokes would be better for me aesthetically, but i thought that 28 would be a reasonable compromise.

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I wouldnt use DA hubs on the street. I'd want something sealed. I'd go with suzue promax's. Aesthetically similar, but with sealed bearings.

And, again, you want them for the street, so aero isnt a big deal. That being said, I'd ditch the cx-rays, save some skrill, and use sapim lazers.

I'd lace them 32, 3 cross front and back, and you'd never need a new wheelset in your life.
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hey thanks so much for getting back to me

very good point about the sealed bearings, i didn't even think about that and i would definitely want a low maintenance setup. i did read somewhere that the 7710 were sealed though, but i have no idea how to look and tell (https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...F.-type-..html)

aero really isn't all that big of a deal, but i love the look of aero spokes, bladed or ovalized, and those lasers don't look round. are they bladed? (https://www.sapim.be/spokes/butted/laser)

finally, what would be the consequence of lacing 28H 2x?

thanks again!
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hey thanks so much for getting back to me

very good point about the sealed bearings, i didn't even think about that and i would definitely want a low maintenance setup. i did read somewhere that the 7710 were sealed though, but i have no idea how to look and tell (https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...F.-type-..html)

aero really isn't all that big of a deal, but i love the look of aero spokes, bladed or ovalized, and those lasers don't look round. are they bladed? (https://www.sapim.be/spokes/butted/laser)

finally, what would be the consequence of lacing 28H 2x?

thanks again!
According to the product diagram, they are loose ball bearings:
https://bike.shimano.com/media/techdo...9830647954.pdf

The lasers aren't bladed, but they are highly butted. They are also much cheaper. CX-Rays run about 3 bucks a pop. Lasers run about a dollar. They are both fantastic spokes. If money isn't a problem, get what you want, but understand you wouldn't get any benefits from them.

The weight difference between 28h and 32h, is next to nothing. The structural benefits are fantastic though, you're spreading the tension out between more spokes, and will make for a much stronger wheelset.

Lacing wise, 3x is absolutely bomb proof. 2 cross lacing doesn't seem to want to stay true and tensioned.
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thanks, i'll definitely consider and look into those hubs as well. to be honest, the desire for 28h is purely aesthetic, as are the bladed spokes. really appreciate your help!
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Poor roads. Strong wheels. Absolutely go with 32h. Hell, I did 36 on a back wheel - that this is going nowhere. (and it's a 26er).

I agree w everything else said. Stay practical - I don't see where aero and weight savings plays at all here.
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