I just got a new Scott Scale 970 in late April and to get into good enough shape to really enjoy it I have started commuting on my old Cyclocross bike. I built the CX bike back when I weighed 165 and rode 250 miles a week. That was back in 1997. The wheels have served me well and handled all sorts of abuse with aplomb but they needed replacing, the brake surface on the rear was getting thin. I weigh 210 now down from 220 and have been averaging 100 miles a week. So, I set out looking for a strong, somewhat light, inexpensive wheelset.
I tried the various LBS and all wanted to sell me a set of Mavic Aksium wheels or similar for around $350. My old wheels had 32 spokes and held up to lots of crazy offroading and commuting. The idea of 20 spoke wheels just did not sit well with me. Another LBS wanted just over $500 for a set of Mavic Open Pros laced to Shimano 105's. I just got done placing an order with VeloMine and got the same wheels and a new cassette for just under half that with shipping included.
I can't wait to get the new wheels on my trusty steed. 36 spoke Mavic Open Pro's and Shimano 105 hubs.
Wish me luck!
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