Sub 1000g wheelset for sub US$1000? - Ride report p12

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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mr_tim
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by mr_tim

@ xnavalav8r - did you get hit for duty or customs? Here in the UK everything coming in from outside the UK gets hit for + 10/20% duty/admin charges :(

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by xnavalav8r

No custom's fees for this order. I hadn't even thought about it until you mentioned it.

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by HammerTime2

Hey Ted, depending on the shipping carrier (e.g. UPS), you may still get a customs and brokerage invoice in the mail.

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by xnavalav8r

The rims were sent via EMS from China and delivered by US Postal Service... Express Mail. I would expect to have paid any fees when I signed for delivery but I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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by xnavalav8r

I've received several e-mails inquiring about where I found my components at such great prices. Here are links.

20mm Carbon rims from http://www.archteks.com.cn
Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Polyax nipples from http://www.wheelbuilder.com
American Classic RD-205 and Micro-58 hubs from http://www.bikesonline.com **EDIT** bikesonline.com sucks. Don't buy from them. Read below...


I'm going to have my friend Merlyn build up the wheels for me. He is a master mechanic I have known and trusted for years. http://www.cyclicevolution.com

A disclaimer: Before anyone beats me up over this, please know that I support my local bike shops... well two of them anyway. Pedal Power bikes in Middletown, RI and NBX Bikes in Narragansett, RI are phenomenal. I spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars there and am happy to pay retail for the friendly service and many quality items they provide. But I can't afford regular retail prices on some high end projects (like these wheels) so I sought a budget alternative.
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miniviking
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by miniviking

Have you measured the ERD for those rims?

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by xnavalav8r

ERD advertised as 599.4.

I did not measure it myself... yet.

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Ari
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by Ari

No need to post a disclaimer. I know of several LBS whose own employees (and at one of them the owner) who buy their personal parts elsewhere. All other things being equal I'd prefer to buy at the LBS too but sometimes, as you indicate, it's essential a waste of dollars.

xnavalav8r wrote:A disclaimer: Before anyone beats me up over this, please know that I support my local bike shops... well two of them anyway. Pedal Power bikes in Middletown, RI and NBX Bikes in Narragansett, RI are phenomenal. I spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars there and am happy to pay retail for the friendly service and many quality items they provide. But I can't afford regular retail prices on some high end projects (like these wheels) so I sought a budget alternative.
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by dmotoguy

internal or external nipples?

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by xnavalav8r

Just got home and no hubs. Contacted the company I ordered them from 2 weeks ago and was told they didn't have them in stock. Odd since my order was confirmed when placed with no issues of availability. Suddenly the hubs are no longer listed on the bikesonline.com website. I guess I'll be looking elsewhere. So much for that company. They are now removed from my list of recommended online dealers.

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by prendrefeu

Why didn't you go for the Soul Prodigy hubs, again?
I mean, it seemed logical - fairly light, great specs, great customer service, all for $200... but did I miss something?

(btw - this is easily one of my favourite threads of 2010)
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by Rascal

Why didn't you go for the Soul Prodigy hubs, again?
I mean, it seemed logical - fairly light, great specs, great customer service, all for $200... but did I miss something?

(btw - this is easily one of my favourite threads of 2010)

+1 for all of the above...
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by xnavalav8r

Mainly because of a lack of familiarity. I've used American Classic hubs in the past with great results. In hindsight, a 25 gram weight penalty for a $100.00 savings might have been well worth it. Though I think that might have pushed me right up to or above the 1000 gram goal if there is any deviation.

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by farm_lim

xnavalav8r wrote: Though I think that might have pushed me right up to or above the 1000 gram goal if there is any deviation.


xnavalav8r, managed to eke 997g out of my build with 248g/246g with soul hubs and aerolites. im sure with your lighter rims and cx rays, you wouldnt go above 980g.
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by Super Brad

farm_lim,

any chance on some ride information on your build?

Stiffness and acceleration?

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