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    New Wheelset! Custom - Need some Guidance!

    I've been looking at the various online wheel building sites. I'm looking for a custom set of wheels to accomodate a few factors:

    -Strong: Mini-Clyde, clocking in at 225lbs
    -I-width: Currently running a 2.5" Minion DHF front and 2.3" Minion rear (ideally 30-35mm, right?)
    -Fits my color scheme: because fashion = lower lap times

    I built several sets, and so far, seemed to have a decent setup/price. Though, I would truly love any and all opinions.

    Rim: Arc 35 (front and back
    Rear Hub: Chris King ISO 12x142mm HG 32H (Turquoise...)
    Front Hub: Chris King ISO 15x100mm LD 32H (Yup, same)
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competetion (313g)

    Included: Stems, tape and...stickers.

    Total: $880 +$40 shipping.

    That's 868g (hub and rim only) for the back and 749g front.


    So, is this a good deal? Are there better and more trusted online builders? I'm no weight weenie, but saving a few lbs is certainly a plus. My main concern is getting that greater i-width to run ~2.5" tires.

    Thanks for any input!

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    What's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy G. Parrish View Post
    What's your budget?

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    Under $1k, at all costs. The further South of that figure, whilst not compromising quality... Meant to include.

    Thank you!

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    I had a set of simply outstanding wheels built by Mike Curiak at Lace Mine 29 - Big Bicycle Wheels for well under $1k. Don't let the name fool you, he'll build what you need regardless of wheel size. There's an online form that you fill out to get the process started - weight, riding style, etc. I couldn't have asked for a better set of wheels or a better buying experience.

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    Get Spank 395's rather than Arcs. They might be a little bit heavier (maybe) but they are bombproof. And they come in some colors. I am riding at over 200lbs on 345's on Kings. It's a damn nice wheelset. I don't know what they weigh but the Michelin tires I am running currently are insanely heavy.

    Also, I don't know if I would run a 2.3 on a 35mm internal width rim. That's why I went with the 30mm internal width.

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    Arc's are butter soft. You will regret buying them eventually. Get DT Swiss/Spank/Stans rims instead. If you need to keep the costs down you can grab plenty of other great hub choices to save some $.

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    I like White Industry hubs and WTB rims. Been using that combo for a while and they've always been reliable.

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    Just ordered some WTB I23s myself for the same reason, slightly heavier but more durable.

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