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Disc Wheels - Need SuggestionskRaZy_kaRL
May 5, 2003 2:59 PM
I am interested in buying/building a set of disc wheels for a cross bike. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to get/use. I really have no idea... Ideas would be great...
thanks in advance...
re: Disc Wheels - Need Suggestionsatpjunkie
May 5, 2003 3:14 PM
I don't know of any disc specific road wheel (no braking surface) but I would suggest a 32H Velocity Deep Vee or Mavic CXP. lace with 14G staright or if you are light 14 15 butted spokes 3x. A disc puts extra force on the spokes so build the wheel strong. I'd also opt for brass over alloy nipples.
Some stuff to considerSteve_O
May 6, 2003 5:16 AM
- All the disk hubs on the market are spaced 135mm for the rear hub. I assume you have a frame that is spaced for that? If your frame is steel then you can always cold set the alignment. This is a no-no for aluminum.

- Go three cross on the spokes. Some lightweight spokes aren't recommended for disk wheels. I seem to remember DT Swiss Revolutions aren't compatible.

- Go over to the Wheelbuilding forum on They should have some feedback for you beyond this. Also check out the 29incher forum as many of these guys are going disk with 700c rims...
One other option...Steve_O
May 6, 2003 1:04 PM
I'm not a big proponent of pre-built wheels but check out Mavic's SpeedCity wheelset. There is some feedback in the latest bicycling magazine. I saw my first set on an MTB which, combined with some 700x25c tires was able to clear the brake arch/chainstay arch/fork. They looked pretty trick!
re: One other option...snwbdrhoon
May 6, 2003 6:01 PM
Speed Citys are the way to go...

Or find out what they are specing on the Cannondale Disc Cross Bikes.

Mavic CXP 22, 32 hole
Cannondale Omega disc hubs
I have some stuff.....Dan Cas
May 7, 2003 4:53 AM
Wheels,brakes,fork....... e-mail me if you are interested at
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May 7, 2003 9:11 AM
and send an email to Mike, or give him a call. Two months ago he built me up a sweet set of disc cross wheels. I got mine with Velocity Aerohead OC rims (offset spoke bed to better distribute forces from the disc and from the drivetrain on the rear), WTB Laser Disc Lite hubs (relabled American Classic disc hubs) with 3x Wheelsmith spokes. Mike did a great job on them. Check out his website and contact him...I'm sure he'll give you advice even if you tell him you want to build the wheels yourself.
Specs for my cross disc wheelsTony Montana
May 8, 2003 8:10 AM
Hello Karl,
My cross disc wheels are now three or four seasons old and have had almost zero problems. Here's the specs:

American Classic disc hubs (someone else here mentioned the WTB disc hubs. They are the same hubs but cost substantially less.)

Velocity Dyad rims (made for tandems, maybe overkill depending on your application)

DT revolution spokes (maybe a no-no, but no problems so far)

Alloy nipples (see spoke comment above)

32 hole, 3x lacing
Just read your reply to my post on the SS board...SJT
May 8, 2003 9:10 AM
The other thread where I asked you about my Curtlo frame got buried and I forgot about it. This discussion reminded me to search for it and I found your reply. If you do all of the powdercoating then it must have passed through you at some point. I actually haven't received it yet, hopefully by this weekend Doug said.

Doug has been great over the phone and through email so right now I have no problems recommending him to anyone who is looking for a custom frame at a great price. I hope I'm just as thrilled when I actually get to see/ride the frame.

I see you are running a similar wheelset to mine, you just went with slightly beefier rims compared to the Aerohead OC's I got. I haven't used the wheels yet, but they should be plenty for the riding I plan on doing with this bike.

Well thanks for replying to my post and also for painting my frame:) I'll definitely take you up on your offer to go ride if I'm ever in the area.