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Gooby

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9,251 posts

139 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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I want to build some superb XC wheels. The only thing I have decided on is the hubs, Chris Kings. What do I build the rest with?

BadgerBenji

3,492 posts

123 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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Rims and spokes would be a good idea smile

Depends what you are wanting them for. Can't fault your choice of hubs though, they are very nicely made.

dudleybloke

11,579 posts

91 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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budget?

Gooby

Original Poster:

9,251 posts

139 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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dudleybloke said:
budget?
Short of carbon fibre rims. Other than that strength and lightness rule. The rear hub is going to be approx £350. I am not going to spend bizarre money when good money will do the same thing. The rims have to be UST or tubeless.

I also want to buy a wheel building rig and build them myself. Any tips on building would be appreciated.

Edited by Gooby on Sunday 7th October 23:34

R.P.M

1,520 posts

126 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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No tubes ZTR Arch rims and Sapim CX ray spokes.
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Sway

5,416 posts

99 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Gooby said:
Short of carbon fibre rims. Other than that strength and lightness rule. The rear hub is going to be approx £350. I am not going to spend bizarre money when good money will do the same thing. The rims have to be UST or tubeless.

I also want to buy a wheel building rig and build them myself. Any tips on building would be appreciated.

Edited by Gooby on Sunday 7th October 23:34
With regards building them yourself, my recommendation would be to get a cheap set of hubs and rims, plus a couple of boxes of spokes.

Practice, practice and practice some more on those. Wheel building is not simple in the slightest, and I would imagine is virtually impossible to learn well remotely. I was trained by an ex pro team mechanic, and it took several goes to get it right, even with constant supervision.

It's the little things - alignment of valve hole, even tensioning without stretching the hubs or rims, dishing it correctly and stressing/destressing the rim during the build.

Seeing as you're getting pretty much the nicest hubs out there, but the build is everything. I wouldn't build my own wheels now, even though I've built hundreds - I haven't done it in ten years and they wouldn't be any good at all without that practice.

Don't want to put you off - I loved building wheels, probably the only truly handcrafted element of a bike. Bloody theraputic when you know what you're doing, bloody stressful and expensive when you dont!

HowMuchLonger

2,819 posts

98 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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R.P.M said:
No tubes ZTR Arch rims and Sapim CX ray spokes.
I am out of date with rim knowledge but agree with the spokes.

MadDad

3,620 posts

166 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Depending on what you are using them for I would go with ZTR rims, guide here; http://www.notubes.com/ZTR-Rims-C18.aspx

I have a set of ZTR flows and Hope hubs, bombproof!

budgie smuggler

2,009 posts

64 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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This book is regarded highly over on STW:

http://www.wheelpro.co.uk/wheelbuilding/book.php

BTW don't forget to factor in the cost of spokes, they ain't cheap!

R.P.M

1,520 posts

126 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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Maddad, Ztr flows would be my choice but maybe a bit overkill for OP?

pablo

13,778 posts

178 months

Monday 8th October 2012
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are you sure you want to use Chris King hubs for your first ever wheel build? have to say, I admire your confidence!