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touring wheels(5 posts)

touring wheelscomo
Oct 4, 2001 1:05 PM
Can anyone recommend a set of touring wheels....I'm thinking about a pair from Velomax, but unsure which ones...gotta go fix that flat...Jim
re: touring wheelsCliff Oates
Oct 4, 2001 2:05 PM
Touring? Velomax? No...

Think box rims, 36 spokes and brass nipples. I have a set made up around Campy Veloce hubs, Mavic T221 36 spoke rims, 14/15 ga. swaged spokes, and brass nipples. They were built by Sean Bragstad of Vecchios in Boulder, CO. Peter White would also be an excellent choice to build touring wheels.
re: touring wheelsRich Clark
Oct 4, 2001 3:30 PM
You want your touring wheels to be hand-built by a wheelbuilder you can trust. The last thing you need is spokes popping in the middle of nowhere -- although you also need to know how to cope if that happens, which is a pretty strong argument for learning to build your own wheels (do as I say, not as I do, however).

If you buy machine-built wheels, have them stress-relieved and re-tensioned by that expert wheelbuilder before you ride them.

My Novara Randonee has Mavic T221 touring rims, straight 14-gauge Wheelsmith spokes, and Tiagra 36-hole hubs. These were re-built from the original rims and hubs with new spokes by a really good wheelbuilder at (!) the REI store, under warranty, because they didn't hold up. I'm still running the original Avocet Kevlar Cross K tires (700x32c, but really narrower), which are still going strong with over 3500 miles on them.

My Airborne Carpe Diem has Mavic T519 rims, Ultegra 36-hole hubs, and Wheelsmith 14/15 spokes. These were built by Wheelsmith, and have been solid as could be over their first 1500 miles. I'm also very impressed with the Continental Top Touring tires (also 700x32c)which still look almost brand new.

re: touring wheelsSteve Bailey
Oct 5, 2001 2:29 AM
Rivendell sells a nice set of Bontrager touring wheels, Fairlane rim, 36 hole drilled off center, 14/15 DB spokes on Deore mt. bike (135mm) hubs. $260 the set or so.

re:touring wheelsdzrider
Oct 5, 2001 7:32 AM
For touring & commuting I've used 36 hole Mavic MA2 and MA40 - the same wheels in different colors - on my wife's bikes and mine. They have held up for many years without needing frequent truing or breaking spokes. They handle Avocet Cross 700-35 on the commuter bike which is a pretty big tire. I'm not certain which model Mavic rim is the successor to the MA2, but there probably is one and from our experience it's worth looking for.