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looking for 28 hole front hub for cyclocross wheel build(7 posts)

looking for 28 hole front hub for cyclocross wheel buildrichpierce
Sep 26, 2002 4:06 PM
Nashbar has Velocity Aeroheat 700c rims in 28 hole for $19.99 and I want to build a front wheel for cross. My current open pro rim on a 32 hole Ultegra hub is pretty trashed (abuse, riding technical singletrack on a cross bike). Anybody know a good deal on a 28 hole front hub? How about rear, go all the way? Or a good deal on Velocity Aeroheat rims in 32 hole? I really like these rims on my MTB and they should be strong for cross.
re: looking for 28 hole front hub for cyclocross wheel buildatpjunkie
Sep 26, 2002 7:47 PM
unless you are a lightweight I'd stick to 32 especially if you abused an O/P. 4 less spokes is gonna weaken even a deep v rim. Running 32 hole Aeroheads, so far so good.
re: looking for 28 hole front hub for cyclocross wheel buildflyweight
Sep 27, 2002 8:00 AM
Have to disagree. I have two sets of 28 spoke wheels (front and rear) and have yet to break a spoke. One set of wheels is 2 years old, the other 4 years old. Both use Revolution spokes with alloy nipples in the front while the rear uses 14/15 with brass nipples on the drive side and Revolution with brass nipples on the non-drive side. Rims are Fir SC150 and Reflex tubulars. I weigh 165 pounds and have only had to do occasional truing to these wheels despite riding them down Eldridge Grade in Marin on more than a few occasions. I built the wheels myself and used a tensionometer to make sure that spoke tension was even throughout the wheel (the main reason spokes and wheels fail)
re: looking for 28 hole front hub for cyclocross wheel buildatpjunkie
Sep 27, 2002 12:06 PM
so disagreement counts if you weigh 165 or less and can build your own tubular wheels (or have them custom).
this guy claimed to destroy a 23 spoke O/P so I don't think your experience applies.
1)You are (by name) a flyweight.
Which goes to size and I assume riding style
2)You ride tubulars, which by design are stronger than clinchers.
A box or circle is far stronger, especially on the sides than a U.
3)You have the ability and skill to build and true (some people don't own truing stands) your own wheels
Which most don't have (ability) and can't afford to pay for hand builts.

So when you disagree please examine the facts of your own experience and see if they have 'real world' apllications. If this guy has all or most of this in common with you than by all means follow
your advice. If he's an average schmoe who tends to be hard on his clinchers than maybe he should rethink his situation or hopes.
By the way I'm Jealous you get to ride Eldrige Grade. I grew up in Sonoma /Marin and now live in Sandy Eggo.
Sep 27, 2002 12:08 PM
most of us don't work in a bike shop and get deals as well.
Sep 27, 2002 4:09 PM
I only work in the shop one day of the week. The rest of the week I have a job that pays a liveable salary. Sort of the best of both worlds (well other than the fact that I only have one day a week for long rides!)

Also I do have one set of 28 hole clinchers that have held up very well. I have had to replace the rim which got pretty beat up after several runs down Eldridge but it didn't hurt the spokes at all.

A Wheelsmith/Hozan/DT tensionometer is easily one of the best tools to own. I paid retail ($100) for my Wheelsmith tool and it's been worth every cent. Using this and a cheap ($50, retail) Minoura truing stand I've been able to lace up some very nice wheels that are still going strong.

Eldridge is pretty brutal on a cross bike. I usually run a 38mm Ritchey in front and a 35mm Ritchey in back (largest it'll take) and even then my wrists are hurting by the time I get to the bottom. Still, It's worth it just to see the looks on the faces of the guys on full suspension bikes!
Sep 27, 2002 6:20 PM
good on ya. I try to do most my own adjustments as well. My friend has a good stand, would love to learn how to lace. Most schmoes have no idea how to do any of it at all. You can see, even you can beat up a clincher with hard riding. I rarely break spokes but I do tweak rims. I'm 230 and have a slight kick to the right when I bunny hop. It's not too nice on O/P's. I think he's more concerned with the wheel and not the spokes.
Do some MTB trails on my cx here as well. I know that perverse joy you feel, made better when they are wearing body armor. Think I'll bring my cx bike(s) when I come visit my family. I'll go ride Annadel in Sonoma County, should be fun.