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Velocity Glider 36h touring wheels

Old 03-23-05, 05:16 PM
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Velocity Glider 36h touring wheels

Found and ordered some interesting 36 hole touring wheels on Nashbar.com for about $120. I was looking for an alternative to a $320 set of LX hubs mated to Mavic A719 rims
The claim is they are handbuilt, although I don't know how at this price...

Velocity Glider wheels
The rim is flat single-wall rectangle, 26mm wide (a Mavic A719 is 24mm wide, and double-walled slightly V-shaped)

more info from Nashbar site:
Hand built by Velocityís knowledgable, experienced wheelbuilders with an extra stout Velocity, 26.5mm wide, 6000 series, twin hollow aluminum rim laced to a quality, alloy hub with 36, 14 gauge, Wheelsmith stainless steel spokes in a 3x pattern. 8/9 speed Shimano cassette compatible. 132.5mm rear axle spacing to fit both 130 and 135mm spaced frames. Front spacing is standard 100mm. Skewers are included. Drilled for schrader valves.


ahh, just noticed they are drilled for schrader valves. hm. well, a presta will certainly fit.
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Old 03-23-05, 07:28 PM
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It's hard to find on their website, but you can get a built up pair
of A719 wheels from Performance for $200. Are you a Clydesdale?
I called Nashbar tech help, and they said that at my weight I should get a beefier wheel.
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Nashbar has two 26" 36 hole mavic 519's left for $19.00 apiece. I used a coupon and picked em up for just over $17.00. You could lace these to some LX or XT hubs and have one heck of a wheelset for probably $150.00 or so, well maybe more. It looks like you would have $60.00 into building them... so that's $96.00 plus hubs, spokes, and nipples.... yeah you got a good deal.
Note that supergo and a few others sell the rhyno laced to XT hubs for around $120.00 but those are always 32 hole...
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I didn't see the deals on the Performance site for the A719 rims, but I was looking at wheelsets only.

I'm 185lbs, so not quite a clydesdale, but I think I still need a serious wheel. With loaded panniers, I'll have maybe 215lbs, not including the bike.


Those Velocity Glider rims/wheels are 700c. The VecociyUSA.com site also has a Dyad rim which is double-walled, 24mm wide, and I think similar to the A719 (or the old T520).
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A nice lady at VelocityUSA.com had this to say....

"Its true, they are hand built. Every wheel we build here at Velocity is hand
built in Wyoming...Wyoming, Michigan that is...
Anyway, the Gliders should hold up well to regular road riding and touring. They are not really with single-track in mind. They are sort of a replacement, commuting or touring type of wheel. "

If anyone has toured on these wheels, please let me know. BTW, the rear hub spacing is 132.5mm
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I've got the Velocity Twin Hollow touring rear wheel,for commuting and I like it a lot. It's pretty tough, light, the rim is beefy and the price was right. I've got a set of A719/105 hubs for my touring/weekend ride wheelset, and they're SUPER-nice!
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Well.... Received the Velocity Glider wheels today (via FedEx after the U.S. postman couldn't find my house !?)

I think I'm gonna send them back. The rims are really wide (26mm) which is wider than some ATB rims, and the same width as my downhill rims on my Surly Instigator. HoLy FaT RiM BatMan!! What bothers me more is that it is a single-wall rim, and the spoke heads are right there, and they are HuGe!
So.
I think I'll send them back, after all that, and find a set of 105/A719 36 hole wheels at Nashbar. I would love to have Peter White hand-build a set, but I've got limited funds...
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