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Rim and spoke suggestions for touring wheel(3 posts)

Rim and spoke suggestions for touring wheelstinkfoot247
Aug 21, 2003 7:22 PM
I will be doing loaded touring next year across the country. I already have the hubs picked out-chris king!!- but I don't know what to do about the spokes and rim. I plan to build my own wheels. Cost is not an issue. The only factor would be what rim and spokes would perform the task(loaded touring) best. Thank you.
14g. wheelsmith, maybe Rhino Lites?cory
Aug 21, 2003 7:56 PM
I'll know more in a few weeks--my Rivendell Bontrager Fairlane rim just pulled apart (cracked in three or four places and around seven spoke holes), and the LBS recommended a Rhino Lite. I weigh about 225 and ride on pretty bad roads, so it counts as semi-touring, at least.
For another bike, they laced a Velocity Deep V with 14ga Wheelsmiths, and it's held up well even though it has only 32 spokes (I usually stick with 36).
Rivendell was great about the wheel, by the way--they offered a free replacement even though it's two years old. When I declined (I didn't think they owed me one), they put a $50 credit on my account.
36 holes, 14 guage spokes and Mavic MA-3.dzrider
Aug 22, 2003 4:59 AM
The rims handle big tires well and I have similar wheelsets that are over 10 years old. I'd also suggest a look at Phil Wood hubs. Many hubs have come and gone while they've been rollin along.