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building a set of wheelsroadcycle
Jan 28, 2004 12:45 PM

Planning to build a set of road wheels mostly for training & ocassional racing. I'd like to know if 28 spoke wheel configuration (front and rear), is durable enough for a weight of 75 kg (165 pounds).
Also has anyone had experience with "velocity" "aerohead" or "aerohead - oc" rims or the coresponding "nuvian" built wheelset by "velocity".

re: building a set of wheelsSpiderman
Jan 28, 2004 12:56 PM
I don't have any experience with the velocity aerohead rims but I can tell you that I builte up a set of record/open pros, 28H and haven't had any problems with it. I probably weight around 180 right now. They handle great, torsionally stiff, a little heavier than my older wheels but they are really smooth.

It is 2x front, 3x rear with the DT 14/15 db spokes (i forget what they are called)
re: building a set of wheelslyleseven
Jan 28, 2004 1:45 PM
28 spoke count shouldn't be any problem, but used double-butted spokes. I have had experience with Velocity Fusion rims and they are great. Haven't heard anything bad about the other rims mentioned....
With 28H F & R you might want to go with FusionsB2
Jan 28, 2004 3:14 PM
Although you are light and might be able to get away with the Aeroheads. I don't know a lot about them.

I just built a wheelset with Fusions 24H Front radial & 24H Rear 2x. I have very few miles on the set, but they seem fine so far. If weight is an issue - note that the Fusions (at least the two that I had) came in at 503g and 505g and not the 475g advertised.

good suggestion...Steve-O
Jan 29, 2004 9:35 AM
The Fusions are not super light but they build up really easy. I just built a wheelset with a 28h Aerohead in the front and a 32h Fusion in the rear. Although the rear is usually where I spend the most time truing and tensioning (due to dish) I actually spent more time on the Aerohead front wheel with this build. IMHO, since the Aerohead is a lighter rim it is a little more flexy; thus getting the wheel vertically and laterally true is a little more of challenge.
Why 28 hole?Uncle Tim
Jan 30, 2004 12:53 PM
My thinking is that you go 28 hole if you want a special very light racing wheel. Why bring these issues of wheel strength and life into play if it isn't for a special reason?

My weighings of 14-15 dbl butted spokes tell me that each spoke weighs between 6 and 7 g. By eliminating 4 spokes, you are saving a whopping 26g or so.

Open Pros in the real world weigh about 435g, at least 65g lighter than the Fusion rims (according to your measurements). You're taking on 65g to make up for for rim strength issues/concerns in order to save 26g.

I don't get it.