Ok, I think I've got my wheel options narrowed down. However, because I've become completely obsessed with this now, I'm going to run an opinion poll to see what everyone thinks is my best option.
Thanks for the write-in. I thought about Supercomps but then I also figured that for my weight, 136lbs, the Revolutions should be ok. I built a set of cyclocross wheels back in the fall with DT 240s, Revolutions and NOS Mavic Helium tubular rims. They went together nice and easy and didn't have a single problem the entire season.3 Pin said:I didn't vote because I didn't see the option I would choose. I would go with the 240, the 355 and either Competitions or supercomps.
I am a mechanic of 20 years and have built thousands of wheels. I don't like the Rev's, there is too much spoke windup because they are so thin.
For the small weight difference the other two choices will build a stronger less flexible wheel that is easier to work on in the future.
Just my opinion...
They're 490g/rim.ndbike said:Does anyone know what the aftermarket Bontrager rims weigh? They aren't listed on the Bontrager web page, but I know my LBS could get them. I have to doubt though that they weigh less than the Stan's rims at 410gr.
Mike, I understand you are a VERY experienced wheel builder. I've done some wheel building in the past, although mostly road and a couple cyclocross. Why the emphatic NO to the 355 & Revolution combo?mikesee said:I would NOT recommend Rev's if you decide to build with the 355's. If you end up using the Bont OSB's, Rev's *might* be OK, but I'd suggest that you bring the tension up to ~120% of max. MC
The NoTubes folks don't rate the 355 for full spoke tension. So you'd be building a light rim with light spokes at light tension, which means (IME) that you'd get a light wheel that won't be stiff in any plane (not too big a deal for you at 136#), BUT since the spokes aren't at full tension it's not gonna hold it's true or tension for long. The spokes will be prone to loosening.ndbike said:Mike, I understand you are a VERY experienced wheel builder. I've done some wheel building in the past, although mostly road and a couple cyclocross. Why the emphatic NO to the 355 & Revolution combo?
Well, I'm going to be the wheel builder and I'm trying to stick to things I can get through my LBS. One of the guys at the shop who is about my height/weight is riding a set of 355's with Revolutions and DT Hubs. That's where that idea came from. Then I started looking around for hub options that were almost as light but somewhat cheaper and that is how I arrived at Hope Pro II's. Also I've got the option of the Bontrager stuff through the shop too, but the guys there who ride 29er's didn't have much good to say about the Bonty 29er offerings, even though they really like the Bonty 26" stuff.OneGearGuy said:I don't see my top choices in the poll either, though you have posted some intriguing choices.
I think money aside, I'd go with I9 wheels laced into either the Bonti TLD rim with OSB or the Stans rim.
Or, I'd just talk with mikesee about it and go from there. Either way, I'd look for the input of your wheel builder/seller. I9 can advise you on rim choices and mikesee is just so knowledgeable and honest.
Have fun and let us know what you decide. Oh yeah, what bike will you be riding them on?