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Old 04-16-12, 11:06 AM
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Wheel-Hub combination

First off, I did look at the archived threads, but they're a bit long in the tooth. Anyway, I'm looking to replace my Speedster's original 40h Velocity Dyad rims & DT Hugi hubs. We only do club rides, tandem rallies, and the occasional 1-2 day charity rides. Our team is around 320 lbs. My initial thinking is 32/36h Dyads laced to White Industries Daisy hubs, perhaps with the rear TI body. I'm pretty set on the Dyads, but are Phil Woods worth the added cost over the WI? Ditto for the Chris Kings (and just how noisy are CKs when coasting?). I'll likely have Peter White build the wheelset. Just looking for some opinions before placing a call to
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Old 04-16-12, 11:32 AM
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Ask Peter for his recommendation - and follow it; you will not go wrong.
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Old 04-16-12, 11:51 AM
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We are about your weight and love our CK hubs and 36H Deep V rims with 25c-28c tires at 115-120 lbs. Did loaded touring with this setup over some rough roads and never touched the wheels. We ride in the rain all winter, mostly club rides. Once a year I have the hubs serviced, otherwise I never touch them. The rear hub noise is hardly objectionable. I rather like it. We have two rear wheels, one with the CK and one with a WI hub and a drum brake for touring in the mountains. We went a little cheaper on the hub for the drum brake wheel since we won't use it much. Still, two rear wheels are a good idea, so we never have a deadlined tandem. We can use a front off one of our singles.
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We have wheels built using all three of the hubs you've mentioned (2pr Phil, 1pr CK, 3pr White) and any one of them will work just fine.

White Ind hubs are hard to beat when it comes to balancing cost and quality. Nearly a no-brainer to work on and a very simple design. Easy company to deal with and great support from Lynette.

Phil Wood remains a sentimental favorite and have timeless looks, rather simple but robust designs. Worked through a couple issues in the past with some buggy rear hubs, but at the end of the day got it sorted out with great support/ Haven't spoken to anyone there since Brent worked customer support, but haven't heard of any bad experiences either.

Chris King are the top shelf in terms of technology, finish, durability, etc., but you've got to adapt to their unique engagment system's freewheel buzz when coasting. Maintenance isn't all that hard so long as you stay on top of it. Major service requires special (very cool and very expensive) tools. So, it's always a good idea to see if a local bike shop is qualified to service them as a "just in case".
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