In coming weeks I will be building my very first wheel set. I have built multiple bikes for myself and friends and consider myself a detail oriented and proficient mechanic so I figured a wheel set is right up my alley. I will be doing the build at my LBS with some help of course from a good friend. I'll try to update and post photos of the process as I see many nice wheels built up but never the process itself. I weigh anywhere between 158lbs to 165lbs depending on time of the year. I'm more of a "spinner" and don't mash big gears always. Like climbing and am decent at it. Here is what I am going with:
Rims: H Plus Son Archetypes in matte black. 20f / 24r. (yes, i know the finish will wear off
Hubs: Novatec A291SB SL (front) & Novatec F489SB SL (rear)
Spokes: Sapim Laser (black)
Nipples: Sapim Brass 12mm
Rims are a very popular choice and probably for a reason. Quality seems to be very high, great looks and of course wide rim for a better tire profile and comfort. The wheel set will be ridden on my stiff CAAD8 so the extra comfort will be greatly appreciated!
Hubs should provide a good geometry for the build. The weight and price is right too. Novatec makes OEM hubs for many other companies and this particular set that I chose to use has been used in many successful builds by individuals and small wheel builders.
Spokes should provide the right combination of weight, strength and compliance. Sapim Lasers are essentially CX-Ray's before they get flattened.
Nipples will be brass and not aluminum. The small penalty in weight is worth the peace of mind since the wheels will be ridden in all kinds of weather including rain. This will prevent the nipples from rusting and possibly fusing to the spokes.
Front wheel will be laced radially. This should provide enough stiffness and look good. Most modern wheels are laced this way as well.
Rear wheel will be laced 2X on DS and NDS. This seems to be the most effective lacing from my research. Also, my other two wheel sets had the same type of lacing on 20 spoke rear wheels and I cannot report any problems.
I used several on line calculators and below are the numbers I came up with. Since Sapim Laser spokes come in odd lengths I will be ordering the following:
Front wheel (20 radial)
Both sides 283.1mm --- ordering 283mm
Rear wheel (24 2X DS and NDS)
NDS 288.8mm --- ordering 289mm
DS 285.2mm --- ordering 285mm
Hubs are already on their way. Should arrive by end of this week. Photos and weights coming. Any tips and suggestions are welcome!