I've got an old broken Zipp 404 tubular rim on their old Zipp hubs (circa 2005). While the hub functions well, I don't think it is super robust, and I'd like to find a carbon clincher that would be close enough in ERD to replace the rim without replacing spokes (i.e relacing hub to a different rim). Any suggestions for possible substitutes? I need something with 20 holes for the rear.
2) I've never been really impressed with the stiffness of the 20 spoke rear wheel
3) after problems with prior Zipp hubs, and indications that the new ones suffer issues, I'm not THAT confident this is the greatest hub in the world
Combining 2 & 3, I don't want to drop the $ for a Firecrest rim. I'm looking to put on a relatively inexpensive clincher rim that will allow me to use the old spokes so that I can get this done for even less $. If I can find the right rim for $200, that makes this an easy transition.
So at the very least, I would think that maybe some of your old spokes may not build up again. So might be wise to have to have a source for some new spokes. Just in case.
Just thinking aloud. But I would not use old spokes for a fast bike, long distance bike or front wheel build. I do confess I used old spokes for my old triple tandem. That is slow, was a back wheel rebuild. ( replaced rear hub). And never goes far. And it has nice big beefy spokes too. And I really didn't want the rear wheel build to cost me as much as the whole bike cost me in the first place.
I did have to replace about 12? Of the spokes/ nipples with new ones though.
It was the first wheel build I had done in a good decade too. So was a little sketchy at first. Probably busted a spoke or two through clumsiness.
But it has only needed the odd spoke tweak in the last 4000km. So has payed for itself as far as I am concerned.
2013 Giant Defy Composite 2 M, 8.5kg - Wife's
Azzurro Torino 8.55g
Fuji 650 10.8kg
Miele Lupa Triple Tandem 38,89kg
In any case, I doubt the wheel has much more than 3000 miles on it, since they were race day only wheels. We'll see...
The Zipp 404 Firecrest (X58) clincher rim is not offered for individual sale. Wheelbuilder can customize your Zipp 404 Firecrest (X58) rim with your choice of hub, spokes, and nipples.
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