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Wheelset Opinions for Commuter/Tourer?(5 posts)

Wheelset Opinions for Commuter/Tourer?B2
Oct 3, 2003 6:38 AM
I'm looking to build a new wheelset for a commuter/touring bike. Currently I'm leaning toward Velocity Deep V rims, 14/15 DB spokes and 32H Ultegra hubs. All the parts shipped and everything will run me $246. The way it usually works is you can buy the wheels alredy built for the same price or even a bit cheaper, but I would prefer to do the build myself.

I see that the Velocity Dyad rim is their "touring" rim, but I like the looks of the Deep V better. What's your best guess? will the deeper section Deep V's be as strong as the Dyads?

Since my frame has 132.5mm rear drop outs, I can use either road or mtn hubs. I have a set of 8-9 speed LX hubs laying around. Should I just use those or for $76 should I just get the Ultegra (like the rest of the bike)? Is the LX stuff much different from Ultegra?

Any other opinions for a good reliable (not necessarily weight concious) wheelset build for commuting and occasional touring?

Your idea sounds good to meCory
Oct 3, 2003 8:17 AM
I have a set of Deep V's on an old Allez I use for knocking around, and aside from the weight (that's a heavy rim!), they're fine. I weigh about 225, so normally I use 36-spoke wheels, but I had some 32-hole hubs in the parts bin. No probs in about 1500 miles, some of it on very bad pavement.
I wouldn't worry about the LX hubs. Shimano's lower-end stuff is a good value for the money. My wife's mountain bike (also used by two kids) has LX components and no maintenance ever, and it's held up fine.
Loaded Touring ?.Steve Bailey
Oct 3, 2003 8:51 AM
If so, I'd use a 36 spoke wheel, minimum.

Using a 135mm spacing is also a good idea as it builds up stronger, but go with a new hub if the existing LX is 32.

Think about the Bontrager Fairlane rim, 22mm wide (which will better handle a wider tire), with off-set spoke holes in the rear for less dish. Or maybe the Mavic T520, or Sun CR-18. Note that I have nothing against Velocity rims, I'm just not familar enough with their product line to recommend something for touring.

Loaded Touring ?.B2
Oct 3, 2003 9:12 AM
So you guys are thinking 36H is the way to go. I may have to reconsider - this would be loaded (front & rear) touring.

I guess I was thinking that deep rim would be pretty stout. I forgot to mention my concern about the width though. I'm glad you brought it up. Maybe I'm concerning myself too much with the "cool" look factor.

The Fairlane has always looked pretty intriguing to me. I have a friend that built a set with those rims and swears by them.

As far as the Sun CR-18 goes, I don't have much confidence in those rims. The LX hubs I have came from a CR-18/LX wheelset. With maybe 800 miles the rim whacked out enough where you can't true it without 2x to 3x the normal tension on a couple of spokes. I even tried detensioning the entire wheel and bringing them all back up again. After that I took it to the LBS where they declared the rim toast. There were no loose spokes before or after the rim wowed on me. Then again, what do you expect for a $75 machine built wheelset (that's front AND rear).

Thanks for the advice. I almost pulled the trigger and ordered everything. I certainly need to reconsider at the least.

Use the LX hubs.....DaveLobster
Oct 3, 2003 9:02 AM
Since your bike is set up for 132.5 spacing, I would use the LX hubs, but not for the reason you might think:

Using the LX hubs will build a stronger rear wheel because the driveside flange is farther from the center-line of the hub, increasing the bracing angle on that side. This will give you an effect similar to using an offset rear rim. The difference won't be night and day, but since you already have the LX and would have to buy Ultegra, why not?

The front will be the same with either the LX or Ultegra hub, and will be virtually bullet-proof with that build.

As for the rims, the only downside to a deep rim is that they are more subject to crosswinds. If you live in a windy area or just don't like to have to correct for crosswinds, you might want to look into some shallower rims such as the MA-3, Bontrager Fairlane or Sun CR-18. Otherwise, there is not much not to like about the Deep-V's.

Let us know how it turns out. -Dave