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Newbie wheel questionstamjam
Oct 1, 2002 5:42 AM
I just picked up a CX frame on Ebay last night and now need to find myself a wheelset. This is going to be my versatile commuter, fireroader, and occasional touring bike. I don't plan on racing it and I have a couple hundred bucks to spend. What kind of hubs/rims are guys running? I am pretty sure the frame has 135mm rear spacing (Voodoo) so is any decent MTB hub going to work fine?

Thanks for your help.

re: Newbie wheel questionsclimbo
Oct 1, 2002 6:24 AM
if it is 135mm, yes, any MTB hub will work. For a commuter bike why not just run some Open Pro's or something similar, strong, will last, 32 hole rims.
re: Newbie wheel questionsJames_M
Oct 1, 2002 7:10 AM
I just had a set of wheels built using black XT hubs, black DT spokes and black Mavic MA3 rims and have been happy with them so far. I shopped around a little for some prebuilt wheels but most of them were made up with road hubs and I needed 135mm spacing. I ended up paying $230.00 shipped to my door which I thought was a fair price for a handbuilt set of wheels.
re: Newbie wheel questionstamjam
Oct 1, 2002 7:38 AM
Thanks. $230 is a great price for a handbuilt wheelset. I've looked up the MA3 rim though and it shows the recommended tire width to be 23mm-28mm while I am expecting to use 38mm often. Have you run tires wider than 28mm on your wheels?
re: Newbie wheel questionsflyweight
Oct 1, 2002 10:06 AM
I've run 35mm Ritchey tires (labeled as a 38mm tire but really a 35mm) on both Open Pro and MA3 rims with no problems. I've also run 37mm Conti Top Tour tires on MA3's with issue.
re: Newbie wheel questionsJames_M
Oct 1, 2002 3:44 PM
I was using 35 mm tires when I got the wheels (using 31 mm now) and the builder said I would have no problem with that tire. I was not sure about running wider tires on any road rim as they all seemed to be rated for 28mm or less. From what I could gather from this board is that many people have been running wider tires on similar rims with no problems. I think it has something to do with the pressure differences between a skinny tire (110-120 lbs) which the rim specifications are based on and the pressures that you actually run with a wider tire (65-70lbs) but don't quote me on that. Talk to whoever you have build your wheels and tell them what tire you are planning on using. If your interested I had mine built at WebCyclery ( and they had a bunch of options, were very helpfull, and it only took a little over a week to get them (although I am only 2days away via UPS ground). Their website has a wheelbuilder section where you mix and match components and see what different combinations cost.
Thanks, ordered a set last night...tamjam
Oct 2, 2002 4:46 AM
...from MeanTodd @ Webcyclery. Both he and his bro Kevin ride WTB Speedmasters on their CX so for $225 I'm getting XT hubs, DT spokes, brass nips and the WTB rims. They should easily accomodate the 28-38 range of tire width I plan on using. Todd is 4-5 days behind right now so I should have them in a week. Sweet.

Thanks, ordered a set last night...James_M
Oct 2, 2002 10:00 AM
Sounds like your set, good luck with the bike. I have a Voodoo slalom frame that I built up for playing around on and I love it (to bad they went out of business).
Cheap and dirtySteve_O
Oct 1, 2002 9:05 AM
I too have 135mm spacing for my rear hub. My current wheelset are 32H Deore hubs with MA3's. This is QBP's standard CX wheelset for their kits so any LBS should be able to get you a set if you are not building up your own wheels. Depending on your LBS you should be able to pick up this wheelset for $120 - $150.

As for the MA3's I am running 700 x 35 tires and riding offroad on a regular basis with no problems. The Deore hubs are standard Shimano fare and just plain work...
VooDoo Spacingtriangleforge
Oct 1, 2002 11:53 AM
For what it's worth, my VooDoo Wazoo (the orange & black 2000 model) is 130 spacing. Since it's steel, you can always cold set the frame to pretty much whatever spacing you want (and who knows what the previous owner was running), but I'd pull out a ruler to check to see what it's at now before spending money on a wheelset.

VooDoo Spacingtamjam
Oct 2, 2002 4:56 AM
I asked the seller what the spacing on the Loa is and he said 135mm. I hope he knows what he's talking about.
Ahhhhh, so YOU'RE the one who outbid me...The Walrus
Oct 1, 2002 1:40 PM
...or rather, ONE of the ones who outbid me. So, which one were you going for? The Wazoo or the Loa? I got outbid on both!
The Loa...tamjam
Oct 2, 2002 4:55 AM
I had been considering a custom Vanilla, but decided it was just too pricey and that Loa looks like it will fit me to a T, so who needs custom anyway?
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!The Walrus
Oct 2, 2002 6:10 PM
Congrats on scoring that beauty. You're gonna love it!