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DT Swiss hubs

markmwmarkmw Posts: 131
edited November 2007 in Workshop
Have one of those opportunities to get some DT Swiss Hubs relatively cheaply to get built up at some point. Was going for the 240S for use next summer doing sportives and triathlons.

However, I'm a bit in dark on what number of holes to get for front/back and, being a weekend, wheelbuilders won't be answering their phone. I'm presuming more spokes = more strength. Am about 87kg.

My gut feeling was to go for the lowest count - front 20 (radial) and rear 24, then get top rims/spokes, but perhaps 28H or 32H on the back might be a better bet since the extra weight will prob be negligible.

Any guidance?


  • phil sphil s Posts: 1,128
    28/32 is probably sensible. I had this combo on DT Swiss for a pair of tubs and I'm 70kg. I'll take reliability over weightweeniness every time if it's a question of only a few grams.
    -- Dirk Hofman Motorhomes --
  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    28/32 sounds right to me

    you could go less if you were TTing a lot but for general riding this is a good balance.

    You could consider aero spokes such as CX-rays if you're bothered about such things.
    Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to prove anything that's remotely true! - Homer
  • markmwmarkmw Posts: 131
    Thanks guys. Just to clarify - I was refering to 28H or 32H on the rear as a possibility.
    Were you both advocating 28H on the front with 32H on the rear? If so, would 24H on the front be such a bad thing? I'm ot sure I can get hold of the 28.
  • robbarkerrobbarker Posts: 1,367
    Take a look at the sticky "what makes a wheel strong" thread in the mountain bike tech forum. I'd be very suprised if you don't opt for 32 front and rear once you've read it.
  • If you're going to go for 24, make sure you get them built by someone who really knows what they're doing. Should be fine if well built, but if not, then there's a much bigger chance it will go wrong...
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