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Wheel building questionsbigdeal
Aug 14, 2002 8:38 AM
I have a pair of Campy Record hubs, 32 hole, and am considering having them laced to Mavic Open Pro's. Questions are: How much should I expect to pay for the service itself? Can anyone suggest a lighter rim that is as strong as the Open Pro? I'm 5'10", 160 lbs, and do A LOT of climbing (Bay Area); I'm looking for something that can stand up to the riggors of commuting, about 150 miles a week of training, etc. Any help is appreciated, thanks!
Sun ME14a rims, $48 and 5g lighter.Quack
Aug 14, 2002 10:32 AM
5 grams will make a huge difference in the climb. Not really. I've been using the ME14s laced to AC Ultralight hubs for about 1400 commuter miles and haven't had any issues.
I charge a dollar a spoke for wheel building.Spoke Wrench
Aug 14, 2002 10:41 AM
I know lots of guys who will do it for less, but none of them take all of the same steps that I do.
I charge a dollar a spoke for wheel building.curlybike
Aug 14, 2002 11:03 AM
Does that include the spoke and nipple, or is that just the labor?
That's my labor and know how only.Spoke Wrench
Aug 14, 2002 1:36 PM
Parts are extra. On the other hand, I don't charge anything extra if you bring me your new components, including the correct length spokes, for me to assemble. If you want me to relace a used hub, we'll talk about it after I see it.
That's my labor and know how only.curlybike
Aug 14, 2002 3:42 PM
Actually You are cheating yourself, esp. for less than 32 spokes.
I really don't think so.Spoke Wrench
Aug 15, 2002 5:45 AM
Back when I was building quite a few wheels, I had one flat charge for anything under 48 spokes. It occurred to me that most of the labor in wheelbuilding is directly porportional to the number of spokes. A 28 spoke road bike wheel takes a lot less time to build than a 40 spoke tandem wheel.
I think 30$/wheel is reasonable to expectPeterRider
Aug 14, 2002 11:59 AM
I asked the Pasadena cyclery -> 30$.
Asked Steve at OpenRoad -> 10$. I watched him build a wheel, the job looked very very good.

Being cheap, I started building them myself - not too difficult and doesn't take all that long.

I have the open pros and like them.

If you want to go light and plan on having them built professionally, I would go for DT revolution spokes.

Pierre
Sweet, thanks everyone!bigdeal
Aug 14, 2002 12:14 PM