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prebuilt 135mm wheelset?sfrider
Aug 11, 2003 11:13 PM
Does anyone know of a good deal on a set of cross wheels built with mtb hubs with 135mm spacing? I just bought a Kelly cross frame that is set up for 135mm spacing and need an affordable set o wheels.

Will everything work just the same if I buy a set of prebuilt road wheels with 130mm spacing and add spacers? Thanks
Here's an easy one....Chicago_Steve
Aug 12, 2003 6:48 AM
I also have a Kelly with the 135mm spacing and have 3 wheelsets for it. One of them is a QBP special that any shop could order for you... MA3 rims with 32H Deore hubs... Here they are listed on
Thanks, what about 130mm spacing?sfrider
Aug 12, 2003 9:54 AM
That Deore wheelset is definitely an option. They seem like they might be a little heavy? What are your other wheelsets and what do you like best?

I was considering getting a road wheelset (130mm) since there are always great deals on them.
Thanks, what about 130mm spacing?The Walrus
Aug 12, 2003 11:47 AM
If you're going to convert a road hub for 135 spacing, you might want to think about getting a longer axle to go with the spacers. I had my LBS do an Ultegra/CXP wheelset and it was only $29, parts and labor.
Do yourself a big favor...Chicago_Steve
Aug 13, 2003 6:50 AM
...And learn to build wheels. Its not very hard and will pay off big time for a non-standard wheelset like you are describing. Spend a little time on the Wheelbuilding forum over at MTBr and learn a skill that is useful for the rest of your cycling life!

I started off with a set of Sun Ringle Cyclocross wheels that I got on a shop pro-deal working as a mechanic. It took about 1200 miles and 4 broken spokes to learn that these wheels were not right for my 5'11" 190lb body.

The Ringle hubs are light and strong so I bought two Velocity rims (Deep V rear and Aerohead front) and relaced the hubs to these new rims. I switched to heavier spoke and laced the rims 3 cross (Sun's factory build was 2 cross). These are my all around wheels right now. The Deep V rim on the rear is super tough and will not go out of true (it does have a little weight penalty which is why I did not use it in the front).

While working at the shop and experiencing the initial issues with the Sun factory built wheels I got the Deore/MA3 wheels for cheap when a customer ordered them for his hybrid and never picked them up. You are correct that these wheels are heavy but they are also fairly bombproof. I used the Deore/MA3's to commute through a Chicago winter and have used them offroad quite a bit. If I had one complaint it would be that the Deore bearings are not as smooth as some other hubs I have ridden. Since these wheels are spares they will go on eBay soon.

Finally, I recently got around to building up my dream set of CX wheels when the pawls in my Ringle hubs died (click to read more). Given a choice over all these wheels this build has been the best combination of weight and durability.

Steve-O (CX wheel fanatic who's waiting for Sun Ringle to send new pawls!)
One other thought...Chicago_Steve
Aug 13, 2003 8:31 AM
I've heard that Wheels Manufacturing is supposed to make a special spacer that fits on the end of the 130mm hub to convert it to 135mm.

I didn't find this on their website but you might try e-mailing them...
re: prebuilt 135mm wheelset?matt_fantastic
Aug 14, 2003 6:21 AM
How about the Mavic Speedcity's ?
Thanks all - deals on 700c rims/ 135mm mtb hubs?sfrider
Aug 14, 2003 10:02 AM
I might try to buy the parts and get a 135mm set built. I'm thinking I can find a set of nice standard mtb hubs (maybe XTR)since everyone is going disc now in the mtb world. I just need to find some inexpensive rims too. Any ideas for deals on this stuff?
Thanks all - deals on 700c rims/ 135mm mtb hubs?Chicago_Steve
Aug 15, 2003 6:47 AM
Excel Sports is where I got my XTR hubs. $39F and $69 rear was too good to pass up for a high end hubset.

As for rims, spokes and nipples I go to Mike Garcia at Mike has good deals on Velocity and Sun rims and is a Wheelsmith user. He's also a tremendous source of wheelbuilding knowledge and a regular on the wheelbuilding forum on Call him instead of e-mail, though...

And... There's alway ebay...