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  1. #1
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    New question here. Cost effectiveness of building a first wheel/ is it worth it

    Sorry if this is a double post...

    I am thinking about building my first set of wheels, so far this is what I came up with....

    ZTR Arch EX 29 -32 Hole 1000g (both rims)
    DT Swiss Champion spoke 444g (64 Spokes)
    Industry 9 Front Torch Hub 150g
    Hope Pro 2 Evo Rear Hub 285g
    DT Swiss Brass Nipples 30g

    I am currently on stock wheel-sets that came with my Trek Marlin 29er, crappy no name hub that barely makes one rotation before it stops with the crap loose ball bearings in them and bontrager Ranger rims, weighing them on the scale they turned out to be around 11 pounds with the tires on. My only concern is spending all this money, which is around 600$ and once i have this new wheel-set built I will be weighing in at the same weight with the tires on. I am planning on getting X Kings 29x2.4 in front and Race Kings 29x2.2 in rear. Will the weight of the tires have a factor on how freely the wheels move, and am i wasting my money on trying to go with lighter wheels because the weight of the tires will just supersede the weight savings on the wheel??
    Last edited by Lukskywoker; 06-20-2013 at 08:58 AM.

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    If you skip the expensive hubs, there are some very nice (nicer?) hubs for far less money. Then you can apply that savings to have someone build the wheels for you.

    It is not as easy as the internet makes it look.

    You sound like you will keep this bike for a while, so worth the investment.

    P.S. I like your choice of tires, and try to get "black chili" compound

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    I built my own wheels @ around 1600g:
    park Truing stand - $200 (on sale, sometimes see them on craigslist for $100)
    Spoke wrenches - $15

    Light bicycles rims 800g - $400 for a pair
    sapim double butted spokes from dans comp around 400g for 64 - $32
    brass nipples - 32g ish - included with spokes
    dt 240s rear - 240g -$200 (new, ok price)
    dt 240s front 145g - $100 (used, ok price)

    6 hours to build first wheel
    2 hours to build second wheel

    $950 (including truing stand)

    xt Cassette 286
    front tire 650g
    rear tire 650g

    total wheelset weight = 3200g = 7 lbs

    about 4 lbs less than your current wheelset, around $.50/g saved which is pretty good. It obviously is lower if you dont include the truing stand or amortize it over more wheelsets or deduct the savings you get from truing your own wheels etc.

    Going with less expensive hubs or getting a better deal on hubs would improve the $/g but might increase the weight a little.

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