I'll be using Stan's NoTubes ZTR Alpha 340 rims with an 18 or 20H front and 24H rear.
Also, how much does the weight of the hub affect the wheel, because it is in the center so I'm guessing a slightly heavier hub with better bearings would perform better than a lighter hub with 'lesser' bearings? Currently using a set of UniQ hubs which cost around $150 or so and they are excellent for the price. They feel a lot better than my old pre-build carbon wheels from China which had some Novatec hubs (and the UniQ hubs are about 70 grams lighter or so. I have some Circus Monkey HRW2 hubs that I am going to use with some new carbon rims which are light and feel really nice even in my hands (bought 'spare' bearings for the front).
Another question, why are there so many hubs for disk brakes?
I found some hubs on a site called "ZakazExpert" (sorted in lightest to heaviest);
258 grams $275 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 7008402321 (description was VERY unclear...)
270 grams $280 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 6155185487 (not straight pull but still seem nice)
284 grams $246 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 9724788091
287 grams $180 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 6990872541
293 grams $240 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 8357021551
303 grams $286 = http://en.zakazexpert.com/index.php/tao ... 9314661279 (favorite looking)
Any other recommendations are very welcome!
Tune hubs if you want good quality lightweight hubs.
Extralight hubs if you want some of the lightest on the market....
But it´s cheaper so shave of grams other places on your bike. And it makes no difference since the hubs are in the center of the wheel.
My budget is about $300 for both hubs.
Is it true that the front hub doesn't really matter much?
Less spokes is only about weight savings, aero and looks.
Roger Musson - Professional guide to wheelbuilding:
Slagter wrote:I´m pretty sure that you never get a stiffer wheel by putting less spokes in it.
It depends on how you look at it. This wheel has the same amount of spokes, just half of the spokes of the 'strong side' (non drive side) are moved to the 'weak side' (drive side).
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