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new rims,hubs and spokes
edited May 2012
Road buying advice
i will be getting my lbs to build me a new set of wheels looking to spend around £350 i ride in south wales (bwlch,rhigos)area so want light but strong and campag hub can anyone recomend what i should be looking for cheers
Campagnolo-branded hubs means you're limited to Record otherwise Ambrosio Zenith are pretty durable. Rim-wise plenty of choice from Mavic, Ambrosio, DT etc. If you want something pretty durable and light, try a Velocity A23 rim on Zeniths. Spoke-wise - Sapim CX-Rays on the front, with regular double-butted on the back, maybe straight gauge on NDS if you're a heavier rider?
Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
In your area, you might actually enjoy beautiful descends... I remember them from the Dragon Ride. Velocity A 23 is a good rim for descents as it gives you a rounder tyre profile, good for cornering fast. I would advise 24/28 or even 20/24 if you are a lightweight. It does have a narrower machined strip, therefore pads need to be adjusted perfectly on the rim for optimum braking
For more traditional builds, you can't fault Open PRO 28/28 or even 28/32 if you are on the heavy side.
Hubwise, it depends what you can afford... Campagnolo only come in 32, which is a bit of a boring and heavy build considering you live in an exciting area. Novatec are good hubs for the money, the 171/172 model also exists branded Ambrosio.
Novatec on Open PRO or Velocity can be built for significantly less than your budget with double butted spokes or well within budget if you want CX ray spokes
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Are your LBS good at building wheels ? There are people who specialise in wheels and they'd be the best to advise you.