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Wheel Alternatives - (from component forum)(6 posts)

Wheel Alternatives - (from component forum)mass_biker
Oct 2, 2002 7:19 PM
Got religion and am contemplating alternatives to the pre-built wheel thing (a few instances of watching ride-mates vainly try to get the low-spoke wheel-of-the-minute spinning again sans spoke have cured me of my delusions of low spoke grandeur). So, the question is: what experience have people had with;
Velocity rims (Aerohead, Deep V etc.)
Edco and American Classic hubs
Sapim spokes

Bend my ear and convince me of my wisdom or faults.

MB
really want to know?DougSloan
Oct 2, 2002 7:36 PM
This isn't PC thought, here, but I had an absolutely horrific experience with Velocity Aerohead rims and American Classic hubs built with Revolution spokes. I thought I'd give my LBS a chance to outdo my Ksyriums, Nucleons, Zipps, and Velomax's, and you know what? Horrible failure. The rear would not stay true for a mile. It kept getting so out of true that braking was dangerous. The spokes were practically falling out. They tried three times to get it right, and still it's bad. I gave up, and they have hung in my garage for a year unused further.

I'll take my quality pre-built wheels any day.

Doug
Blame the LBS not the wheelsBipedZed
Oct 3, 2002 5:51 AM
Many great wheels have been built with Aerohead rims, AC hubs and Revos. It seems your LBS doesn't have a good wheelbuilder and didn't account for spoke wind-up with the Revos on the high tension drive side. Revos are more difficult to work with on rear wheels, particularly the drive side.

Wheelbuilding is becoming a lost art/skill these days. I agree if you don't know a good wheelbuilder you would be safer with a pre-built wheel. However it doesn't mean that your experience is representative of all custom built wheels.
I agreeDougSloan
Oct 3, 2002 6:07 AM
I agree that this set likely is not representative. But it does show that the builder is a critical variable, and often unknown (or inconsistent). Pre-builts eliminate that variable for the most part.

Doug
Gotta have a good wheel builder.Sintesi
Oct 3, 2002 5:01 AM
One with tons of experience,who knows what will or won't work for you and will consult with you. That's a luxury you might not be able to find locally. If you go over the internet I'd go with names like Mavic, Campy and Shimano from a good company like CC or Excel. Excel has some good pre-built deals.

American Classic hubs don't have a great rep. Some work great some don't (read the reviews). I heard Sapim spokes are a pain when truing. Somebody complained about them, be sure and do a search. No personal experience tho, sorry.
Why not go the whole hog?Eager Beagle
Oct 3, 2002 6:15 AM
If you are going down the "non botique" route, why not just lace some standard db spokes to some standard shim/campy tried and tested hubs and keep it totally simple? Still need a good builder though of course, but keeps the unknowns down a bit.