16-hole, lightweight, affordable hubs.

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xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

Anyone know where I can find a reasonably priced, sub-300 gram hubset in 16-hole drilling. I'm thinking of something like the Dati or Rotaz hubs. These will go on a road bike for a 50-60 pound 7 year old... being built into a 16 hole tubular 20" rim.

My son is going to participate in the Mt. Washington Auto Road illclimb with me and I'm trying to lighten up his bike. Wheels are the first place to start, naturally.

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by mr_tim

Email the folks that do circus monkey on ebay..

I asked them to do campag & they did.

Why not ask to see if they will to 16h?

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by jooo

I know it may not be quite as cheap as you're after but Tune Mig70/Mag180 from Starbike come in 16 hole front and rear which isn't that common and is really a reasonable deal for what you're getting...

Have you thought about 32 hole hubs with half spoke count? Many more options that way...

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by xnavalav8r

Thanks. I'll try that.

Any other suggestions?

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by musket

Use 32h and lace every second hole.
Don't be alarmed.

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by xnavalav8r

That's another good idea. But I haven't found any lightweight hubs in a 32 hole drilling. It seems like lightweight hubs fall in the 20, 24, 28 hole families.

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by Gregorio

Probably not all that light, but you should look for a set of the bontrager xlight aero wheel sets. Maybe find some damaged rims on eBay. scavenge the hubs. I have a 2006 set and are dt Swiss hubs 16h front and rear. My front has developed a pulsing front brake although it is still true.
I have seen these hubs on eBay from time to time also. I bet you can get them cheap because not a lot of use for a 16h hubset.

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A quick search and Voila....http://cgi.ebay.com/Bontrager-RaceX-lit ... _482wt_155

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Not sure of many rear hubs made in 16h, but Planet X do a set of 16/24h hubs for just under £60.

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/HUP ... t-road-hub

Can't remember who makes them, but might be American Classic perhaps?

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by jooo

xnavalav8r wrote:That's another good idea. But I haven't found any lightweight hubs in a 32 hole drilling. It seems like lightweight hubs fall in the 20, 24, 28 hole families.


Another good idea? I'd already suggested 32 hole hubs 2 posts above that one... :wink:

There are still plenty of light-ish 32 hole hubs, maybe more around the 350grams per pair mark but still:

eg: $142 for 330grams claimed - what more do you want for a 7 year old?

http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/products ... black.html
http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/products ... black.html

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by Gregorio

I am not a wheel builder but does anyone really think it is a good idea to take a 32h hub and spoke every other hole? I would think spoke tension would be high for a 16 hole rim and would the flange be more likely to fail? Maybe it will be fine with a little super light weight kid.
I do remember a wheel builder on the forum showing a pic of a wheel that I think were 32h and was laced to a 24h hub.....not sure if that is correct.

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by kulivontot

@Gregorio,
keep in mind these are 20 in wheels. Spoke fatigue should be significantly less by virtue of the reduced length alone.

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Why not just buy standard 16h front and 24h rear and do the job right? It's not like they are hard to find? Fair enough if you have a pair of 32h hubs hanging around collecting dust, but 8 spokes weight almost nothing.

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by musket

Gregorio wrote:I am not a wheel builder but does anyone really think it is a good idea to take a 32h hub and spoke every other hole? I would think spoke tension would be high for a 16 hole rim and would the flange be more likely to fail? Maybe it will be fine with a little super light weight kid.
I do remember a wheel builder on the forum showing a pic of a wheel that I think were 32h and was laced to a 24h hub.....not sure if that is correct.


You're on the right track, but it does depend entirely on the hub, and the wheel you intend to build.
Don't be alarmed.

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by Gregorio

kulivontot wrote:@Gregorio,
keep in mind these are 20 in wheels. Spoke fatigue should be significantly less by virtue of the reduced length alone.



Oh yes...forgot all about that.

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by funhog1

Find an old set of WH-7700's or WH-R540's

http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIMANO-700c-ROAD-W ... 3a64dc58a2

WH-R540 = Least expensive mass produced 16h F & R Sets around. :thumbup:

If you want the DA I've got a set.

As they are originally for paired spoke design.... I'd say check with your wheel builder 1st, as they may have to custom cut and thread each spoke and bend them to account for the new angle with a non-paired rim design.

Which would be just fine as they would not even begin to be close to a typical J-bend and the stresses involved therein.

(Labor intensive PITA and build-wizardry not-withstanding).
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Only if it has a high margin of utility.

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