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Will Proton rims work with conventional hubs and spokes?(6 posts)

Will Proton rims work with conventional hubs and spokes?dzrider
Jan 28, 2004 6:10 AM
There's a deal available, but if they require specific Campy hubs and spokes it may not be a deal that I can ultimately afford.
sort of..C-40
Jan 28, 2004 6:49 AM
The spokes are not anything special, but you must know the ERD to calculate the correct length. The rims require a 22 hole front hub and 24 hole rear hub. Where are you going to get those oddballs cheap? These wheels only retail for $340. They might be acquired from a euro source for far less.
re: Will Proton rims work with conventional hubs and spokes?DaveLobster
Jan 28, 2004 6:52 AM
You should be able to use them with any hub and spokes. Some of the fancier Campy wheelsets use a special hidden nipple, but not Protons. So the only remaining problem is getting hubs with the same number of spoke holes as the rims.

Proton rims are drilled for 22f/24 rear(http://www.branfordbike.com/wheels/wheel17.html). 24 hole rear hubs are easily available, but good luck finding a front hub drilled for 22 spokes. This is because most hubs and rims are made for a number of spokes divisable by 4. You could probably just use a 24 hole front hub, lace it radially, and just skip one hole per side.

But realistically, the protons are cheap as far as boutique wheels go, you could easily end up spending more building your own. Boutique hubs aren't cheap, and that's all you are going to find in low-spoke drilling. Add the cost of spokes, and you are not going to save much.
Rims would be $54. per pair plus shipping from Europe.dzrider
Jan 28, 2004 7:08 AM
For that price, with a conventional hubset and 46, or 48 spokes if Renaissance Cycles is correct, I could build a set at a decent savings.
false economy...C-40
Jan 28, 2004 7:39 AM
High quality rims can be had for $50-60 each, so the maximum savings is only about $50.

If you make a mistake in calculating the spoke length, the time and shipping of more than one set of spokes will quickly eat up any savings and you'll end up with odd-ball set of wheels that won't have decent resale value. Your time must not have much value if you're willing to to put in this much effort for $50.

Skipping every other hole would require a 44 and a 48 hole hub. Are these hubs suitable for radial lacing?
For that price, buy the new DT RR 1.1 rim instead.... nm.russw19
Jan 28, 2004 12:07 PM