Mavic Open Pro Ceramic spoke count, lacing, hub

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HillRPete
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by HillRPete

I'm thinking of a wheel build using the "ceramic 2" variant of the open pro rim, for their good wet-braking reputation and stealthy looks. The other thing about looks -- I really like the fulcrum style with few wide spokes and am thinking of emulating that.

Th ceramic rim apparently only comes in 32 and 36 hole versions, so for the front I'm pondering to use the 36er and leave out every 2nd hole, ending up with an 18 spoke wheel. For the rear a fulcrum-style 2:1 pattern on another 36er, leaving out every 4th hole would give a 27 spoke wheel. Spokes will be white DT aerolite or similar (wider if I can find some).

Does that build sound sensible for my 75ish kg, and what (affordable, EU available) hubs would you recommend?

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by strobbekoen

Sounds like a bad idea to me. The rims are not designed for that. 18H is going to be a noodle.
Why not just get neutrons then ?
I built mine with 32H, 2x cross front, 3x cross rear. They ride great.

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by Zen Cyclery

I think that you may be getting into a can of worms on this one. Now, I have seen charts to calculate spoke length for this type of thing (which I believe poster ergott has access to), however I am not too sure how good durability would be. I would advise to skip the "Neutron wannabe" mentality and either just get Neutrons, or go with a more traditional lacing pattern.

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by HillRPete

Ok thanks folks, I'll reconsider then (read: back off).

Really like the looks of the ceramic coating though, is there any similar alternative rim out there, 24/28 hole or so?

Alternatively I might go for a HED C2, seems to get nothing but good reviews here.

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by maddog 2

I'm a big fan of the OP ceramics - better braking and great longevity - but they are tricky to build light, given the spoke count.

I run two sets of wheels, both with Tune hubs and DT rev spokes on a 32h rim but they still aren't superlight (and my 7850SL DA wheels ride better...)

If you like 'dark' rims then have a look at the new Mavic exalith stuff. Very trick. They do a Ksyrium SLR and a R-Sys SLR IIRC.

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by HillRPete

The Ksyriums and R-SYS you mention are black indeed, but quite a bit above the price I'd been targeting for my build.

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by strobbekoen

Those SLRs are overpriced beyond belief anyway.

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by patstar

like maddog said, the Mavic Exaliths might be what you are looking for. Very stealth and sleek, only downside (maybe not that big of a deal) is that you have to run their pads.

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