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Wheel build ???'s1x1 Speed Craig
Feb 13, 2003 8:28 AM
I know that wheel build questions have never been asked here before... : )

I'm soon to take delivery of a custom Steelman Eurocross 525 SS. The bike will have Paul horizontal dropouts and 135mm rear spacing. I will initially be using the stock wheelset from my old Surly Cross-check (Deore hubs/Alex rims), but I'd like to look at building up a nicer wheelset with the option of running fixed/free in the back.

I'm working with a budget of around $300. The rear wheel will use the soon-to-be-available Surly fixed/free flip-flop hub. I'm looking at a Chris King (Classic MTB) hub for the front.

My questions:

1) Rim selection - I was looking at a Mavic MA3, but would the Open Pro be worth checking out instead (~40 upcharge for the wheelset)? Any other suggestions? I know this is very subjective, and that I'm opening myself up here for serious debates.

2) Any reason to get the Chris King Single Speed (high-flange) front hub instead of the Classic MTB model?

A complete wheelset from Mean Todd @ WebCyclery would run just under $300 with the MA3 rims, and ~$340 with the Open Pro rims. The bike will be used for road fixed-gear/SS use with some occasional light offroad riding. I may race it recreationally, but I'm building up a beater 'cross bike for those duties.

Thanks in advance for the advice!

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re: Wheel build ???'satpjunkie
Feb 13, 2003 11:53 AM
MA3 is a little heavier and stronger. you may want to try Velocity Aeroheads. Vee makes them strong and about same weight as O/P
Feb 14, 2003 3:17 PM

I have looked at the specs and these seem to match what I am looking for too. Where do you get these?

Feb 17, 2003 11:26 AM
Assuming your talking of the Aeroheads, you can get them online at:


or your LBS should be able to order them.
Feb 17, 2003 7:52 PM
LBS, or aforementioned web dealers. bikenashbar used to carry as well. I got mine with Ult. Hubs at a bike swap barely used for 100 bucks. Also check Ebay.
Feb 14, 2003 11:54 AM
The high flange allows less spoke length, resulting in a possibly tighter build and some say stronger more reliable wheel.
I purchased a wood/ bontrager mustang single speed wheelset from Webcyclery, wonderfull, only praise for them.

Rims- even though I have not rode the velocitys, by all accounts the are a light durrable rim, aerohead @ 420g. The mavic open pro is 425g. I still have campagnolo moskvas' and still running strong and true. On my singlespeed CX I run the mavic cxp 33's deeper 'v' rim, after a thousand commuting miles and a few icey spills, the rear wheel is slightly out of true. That wheelset is laced to suzue pro mas flip flops, nice cheap hubs.
Thanks for the input, guys (nm)1x1 Speed Craig
Feb 14, 2003 12:37 PM
Feb 25, 2003 12:49 PM
I have the steelman eurocross... you are going to LOVE it. costly but daYomm is it nice.