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Old 03-03-08, 09:03 AM
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Well I want to get a heaver duty set, I don't see a lot of "touring wheels" at any of the online sites, so I am going to have a set built. Most likely 36 spoke. So what hub and rim do your recommend?

I know from mountain biking I9 is the high end standard as is Kings, but what about for touring which will also be a commuter?
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Deore LX or XT hub,
Sun Rhyno if in U.S.A or a Rigida Andra 30 if in Europe.

I personally think any strong 36+ hole downhill rim would make a good touring rim, provided it has a braking surface.
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I'd go with the Velocity Dyad's. Mine are good for my touring style. Sun make as great product too, I have a CR17(?) and it's been pretty much bombproof.
Since your close to Fort Worth, a trip to Joe Young (www.youngwheels.com/) might be in order. Great guy, great wheels. Pricing is good, but you'll forget what they cost after they prove to be very good after about the first week.

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Deore LX or XT hub,
Sun Rhyno if in U.S.A or a Rigida Andra 30 if in Europe.

I personally think any strong 36+ hole downhill rim would make a good touring rim, provided it has a braking surface.
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Old 03-03-08, 11:39 AM
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I built up a Sun CR18 36h for my rear wheel (front is a 32h Sun CR18). Seems OK and have had no problems with it (could be more a function of how you build it though). Also, I use disc brakes so I can't comment on the longevity of the braking track. One thing to be careful if you choose the Rhynolites is that while pretty strong (I run 32h Rhynolites on my ht mtb) you will be limited for the width of tyre you can go with. I use 1.25" tyres on the CR18 with no problem, and didn't go to the Rhynolites for the reason that I wanted to use 1.25" tyres.

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Well I want to get a heaver duty set, I don't see a lot of "touring wheels" at any of the online sites, so I am going to have a set built. Most likely 36 spoke. So what hub and rim do your recommend?

I know from mountain biking I9 is the high end standard as is Kings, but what about for touring which will also be a commuter?
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Old 03-03-08, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jcbryan View Post
I'd go with the Velocity Dyad's. Mine are good for my touring style. Sun make as great product too, I have a CR17(?) and it's been pretty much bombproof.
Tate65, will these be 26" wheels? If so, the Velocity Aeroheat, not Aerohead, is the same as the Dyad but in 26" wheels.

Anyone know about the Mavic XC717 rim? I just went to the performance near my house and they have the Shimano XT, XC717 double butted spokes wheels for $99 and $109 front and rear respectfully. Seems like a damn good price if the Mavic is a good rim for touring.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:29 AM
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I would read up about Mavics before buying. They are a strong rim, but I have heard more reports of spoke hole cracking on Mavics than any other rim. Try doing a search on "rims" over on Lonely Planets Thorn Tree "On Your Bike" forum
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I use 36 hole Velocity Aeroheat rims with XT hubs and DT Competition spokes. No problems
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Originally Posted by tate65 View Post
Well I want to get a heaver duty set, I don't see a lot of "touring wheels" at any of the online sites, so I am going to have a set built. Most likely 36 spoke. So what hub and rim do your recommend?

I know from mountain biking I9 is the high end standard as is Kings, but what about for touring which will also be a commuter?
Depends on how much you want to spend. An XT hub is hard to beat for a good tough economical hub. If money is no object and you want ease of service, a Phil FSC is hard to beat...and afford

Rims from Velocity, Mavic, Sun, etc are all pretty good. I use mostly Mavic, although the Velocities are looking good.

For the forgotten part of the wheel...the spokes...don't go with straight gauge or even double butted. Use DT Alpine III. Tough as nuclear nails! Thick where they need to be (at the elbow), thin where they need to be and next to unbreakable. I have a mountain bike wheel built with them that is going on to 6 years of hard riding without problem. I've never had a wheel last that long.

Can't help you with a builder...I build my own
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I use salsa delgados on my commuter/touring bike. Cyclocross rims that can be 700 or fit 29er mtb tires. If they're good enough for mtb, I don't see why they shouldn't be good for touring...

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I built my own, and you can too! Sheldon taught me all I needed:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
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Originally Posted by lifeinajug View Post
I use salsa delgados on my commuter/touring bike. Cyclocross rims that can be 700 or fit 29er mtb tires. If they're good enough for mtb, I don't see why they shouldn't be good for touring...

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I have Delgados on my commuter bike. Not bad rims but they aren't machined and have that annoying bump at the joint. Not a problem just an annoyance.
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I have a Sun CR-18 with velocity hub on the front and its pretty good, a little out of round right now but thats my own fault.

On the rear I have the stock wheel that came with the bike (an '85 Schwinn Voyageur) and it's got a Sansin hub with 40 spokes. For what it's worth it has NEVER gone out of true beyond a very very very miniscule measure over many miles of commuting.
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Stop down to your local bike shop and ask to see their QBP catalog. Their wheel building service offers some very nice touring wheels at prices that are lower than buying the components and assembling them yourself. I bought a set w/ Mavic A719 rims and Deore LX hubs (a couple years ago). Very nice.
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Originally Posted by lifeinajug View Post
I use salsa delgados on my commuter/touring bike. Cyclocross rims that can be 700 or fit 29er mtb tires. If they're good enough for mtb, I don't see why they shouldn't be good for touring...

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touring right now in china with delgados, laced with DT straight stainless spokes to Chris King ISO (disc) hubs. really like the wheels. these roads are ROUGH at times.
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I used 36 hole White Industries M15 hubs with 700c Velocity Dyads in my LHT. I weigh 175. Very strong wheels.
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i have a set of 36 hole alex adveturer 29ers laced to set of shimano 105s and love them. the hubs roll nice and smooth and the wheels i never worry about im very happy with the setup.
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