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Wheel Advice for the Devoted Recreational Rider(11 posts)

Wheel Advice for the Devoted Recreational Riderjtolleson
May 6, 2002 6:12 PM
OK, I know that in a way this is the oldest discussion in the book. However, this time it is truly important because it is about ME!

Ahem. My new steed arrives shortly. I am building it up with Dura Ace. I still haven't picked my wheel set.

I live in Colorado (lots of climbing, aero not so important), and ride a lot of organized centuries, sport tours, etc. etc. etc. No racing, so weight is not the bottom line, but I climb. A lot. Durability is key (can I whack a pothole coming down Left Hand Canyon?), good looks a bonus, and I don't want boat anchors.

Right now, I'm on the fence between Ksyriums and just lacing Dura Ace or Chris King hubs to Mavic OPs.

I'm just feeling overwhelmed and would love some input.
My voteNessism
May 6, 2002 6:55 PM
32 hole Dura Ace hubs, OP or Aerohead rims, thin butted spokes on front and non-drive side rear (Revs or 15/16), 14/15 w/brass nipples on drive rear.

Solid, dependable, no-disco wheels.

When was the last time ANYONE said a bad thing about Dura Ace hubs?

PreciselyWoof the dog
May 6, 2002 7:45 PM
exactamundo nmgtx
May 6, 2002 7:46 PM
DA hubs don't have grease ports! :-)SnowBlind
May 6, 2002 8:51 PM
Put down that flame thrower, I was just kidding!

I'm gonna go polish my Record hubs now...
ooh! That hurtPaulCL
May 7, 2002 5:15 AM
Since I started that "grease port" thread below.

As for the wheelset: you can't go wrong with the DA/OP combo. But since you are considering wheels in the K price range, take a look at the Speedreams. Versus Kysriums: cheaper, lighter, as aero, and can use DA hubs.
8 speed DA does...Nessism
May 7, 2002 10:10 AM
On the older style 8 speed hubs there is a plastic seal shield with a hole and arrow. You just take a sharp object and rotate the shield until the external hole lines up with a matching hole in the inside. Next take a grease fitting that has a pointed end and squirt grease into the hole. When done, rotate the external shield to the closed position. Done. And yes, regular grease works just fine!

I've never checked out 9 speed DA hubs, my 8 speed jobs refuse to wear out!

re: Wheel Advice for the Devoted Recreational Ridercurlybike
May 6, 2002 7:49 PM
I am seeing a lot of OP's with noisy eyelets. The Aero heads will not do that.
Try Ambrosio rimsboneman
May 7, 2002 12:24 AM
I have OP's, Ksyriums, Neutrons and two sets of wheels using Ambrosio rims. The Balance is an low profile aero rim w/o eyelets. Durable but heavy. I also have a set using Excellights which weigh 430, a bit heavier than OP's but I like them as they seem better made. FWIW, I've used three wheel builders in the UK who all have lots of experience and they prefer building with Ambrosio's including the guy who built the OP set.

I've had them built using Sapim Lasers, again, worth looking for as an alternative to the ubiquitous DT's.
re: Wheel Advice for the Devoted Recreational RiderCrankist
May 7, 2002 12:51 PM
Recommend CK/OPs, all silver. Almost limitless lifetime
that'll match any bike you'll own. But I suuspect that after
a bucket of input, all conflicting, you'll be even more
Have Fun,
my opinion, Ksyriums nmDougSloan
May 7, 2002 1:01 PM