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New wheels: build-up or buy complete set??(10 posts)

New wheels: build-up or buy complete set??Maxx
May 6, 2001 1:46 PM
I was thinking of buying the Shimano WH-6500 wheelset but a friend of mine told me to consider building up a set. Any recommendations on a good hub set and fast rims (~30mm) for about $500 to $700 (US) total? What is a good rim to match Chris King hubs?

Thanks for any insight...
not necessary to spend that much...dave
May 6, 2001 1:55 PM
Many good mailorder sites offer built wheels with top quality hubs like DuraAce for less than $350. Check out or

Mavic open pros or CXP-33's are both very popular rims. The number and gage of spokes needed, would depend on your weight and riding habits.

If you want to spend more, consider Mavic Ksyriums. They can be had for around $500 from or
If you're willing to spend $500seth1
May 7, 2001 6:55 AM
Then go to and give dave a call. I got a pair of aerolites and I feel like I'm on a totally different bicycle. Amazing!
I'll second that one!PaulCL
May 7, 2001 7:05 AM
The speeddreams are great. Call Dave and talk to him. He wont' give you the hard sell, but he will answer any questions you might have.
Hey... You guys that bought speeddreams...Andy
May 7, 2001 1:29 PM
I was about to call Dave to order a set but I just read a new review where some guy said his rear hub is already worn out after a few races. I'm trying to determine if this is an isolated case or if it's the norm. Have you seen any of these problems yourself?
Just talked to Dave todayPMF
May 7, 2001 1:53 PM
I ordered a pair of aerolites. $555 for the wheels with shipping, some rim strip he recommended and black spokes (extrascd). He seems to be a nice guy who is concerned about his products. Talked my leg off about how he builds them and why he chooses what he does. Even gives you extra spokes and nipples. I'm sold so far and am looking forward to getting them next week.
Hey... You guys that bought speeddreams...seth1
May 7, 2001 2:46 PM
What kind of hubs where they? When I talked to Dave he seemed very explicit about warrantying any of the products he uses. I'm sure that if the hub did wear down Dave would remedy the situation. Phone him up and bring up that particular point.
Dave doubles the manufacturers warranty on...keith m.
May 7, 2001 7:48 PM
everything he sells. I talked to him about getting some aerolites once for campy ten, and he uses record hubs, not sure what he uses for shimano.
No problemsPaulCL
May 8, 2001 12:02 PM
but I only have about 500-600 miles on them. My rear hub is Campy Record 10sp and front is the American Classic. The great warranty and service is one of the primary reasons I purchased these wheels over Kysriums and Nucleons.
Dave uses American Classic hubs for Shimano buildsAndy
May 7, 2001 10:32 PM
Dave's web site says he's using American Classic hubs. I will call him shortly. Thanks for the info...