I was hoping to use velocity escapes...
I think the Escape is a better deal. Good price, significantly lighter and I've built a bunch of them with good reliability. I know a few riders much bigger than you that have used them for years.
To T11 hubs, I would recommend 20/28 spoke count. As always, I prefer a heavier gauge on the right side of the rear wheel. Make the wheel more durable and laterally stiffer.
Regarding spoke gauge, I'm considering aerolites all around. If I use DT Aerolites on the DS and revolutions on the NDS, would this be a decent compromise to keep the DS strong during wind up and keep those NDS spokes from wiggling lose over time? Would you recommend DS supercomp/ NDS aerolite instead?
Zen Cyclery wrote:
@captainclarko- I think that the C2 is a great rim. It may be worth just going with a 24/24 to be able to use that hoop.
I appreciate that solid review coming from you. Ergott makes a good argument for velocity's as well. I'll have to look more closely at both.
It should be noted that I will be using an 11 speed cassette so spoke clearance is important, and my biggest concern is the DS bracing angle (planning for around 3.4 degrees) and my tension balance which should be around 44% but I am hoping to creep that upwards as I optimize this build. The C2 rim has an ERD that is comparatively 10mm less than the escape rim. This pushes my DS bracing angle up by .1 degrees, but small advantages like this are why I'm here asking these questions.