nice spec rims and hubs?

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matata
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nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby matata » 23 Oct 2011, 10:44pm

My lad is on a wheel building course soon and I'd love him to build me a nice front wheel as a task. 700c 25mm swiss double butted spokes. any suggestions for a nice rim and hub would be appreciated!!! nik

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby Winkeladvokat » 24 Oct 2011, 11:13am

What are you using the wheel for? In other words, what does "nice" mean in this context?!

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby matata » 24 Oct 2011, 10:51pm

Good point! General light weight touring, to and from work and a 30 mile cycle on a sunday. Thanks for the help. Nik

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby Mick F » 25 Oct 2011, 9:16am

Why not go for a dyno hub in there? That should tax his brain in working out the spoke lengths.
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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby Winkeladvokat » 25 Oct 2011, 10:43am

Then I'd stick with a standard box section rim, 32h. Some rim options:

DT Swiss TK540. I run these on my tourer and for commuting duties. Far and away the nicest/easiest rim I've built (it built up nice and true with even tension with extremely minimal fuss - so ideal as a first rim to build!). Not cheap but great quality. Not particularly light (540g) but it's tough (it's been abused for 3000miles so far and has been perfect). It's wide (19mm internal) but takes 25mm tyres fine (actually gives you a fatter tyre profile) - you wouldn't run 23mms on this however.

Based on my experience above, I'm guessing a DT Swiss RR 465 is going to be sweet and a bit more special if you want something lighter. DT Swiss make extremely nice stuff!

At a similar weight to the TK540 but cheaper, Rigida Chrina and Ambrosio Excursions are both good rims (very similar to each other) and build easily too.

Hubs, not much to go wrong with on a front hub

DT Swiss 370 are chunky but again well made/well sealed. Quite heavy.
Hope Pro 3's are great! Well sealed and lighter than the dt swiss.
Shimano/Campag if you want cup and cone, and are both excellent.
You could also spend more money and get e.g. Royce, Goldtec.

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby matata » 26 Oct 2011, 10:38pm

Thanks for that. Settled on chrina rims 32 , double butted swiss spokes and 105 hubs. i think they'l work out just spot on but my son has suggested mavic open pro rims. any opinions??

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby phil parker » 26 Oct 2011, 11:02pm

Mavic Open Pros are the benchmark rim - lightweight, strong, dependable, very well made, double eyelet and easy to build with (I have probably built over a dozen pairs with these rims!). However, I have worn the rims out on one pair so I now go for the ceramic coated rims, which are much more expensive!

I also have (and have built) DT Swiss 465s - they're very similar in quality.

Whatever is your budget - add a bit more, even if you have to wait another month until payday and have the best you can afford - that's the way I look at it!

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby LollyKat » 27 Oct 2011, 10:48am

There were some threads a few months ago suggesting that Open Pros aren't as good as they used to be - I think Colin531 said that Spa have stopped using them.

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby 531colin » 27 Oct 2011, 11:51am

Spa haven't sold any Mavic at all for years.
Our customers generally want strength and durability rather than light weight, and value rather than a particular name or a beautiful finish.

Mavic make some nice light rims, the odd few I have worked with have built up OK. I could be tempted myself for a light summer bike, except summer is the time I head for the high tracks!

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Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Postby matata » 27 Oct 2011, 9:51pm

Chrina rim,32 swiss db stainless,105 hub,rim tape, on my door today, perfect nic, £74. Now getting excited ! So much more fun than buying machine built. will keep you posted. Nick