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    How does this wheel build look? About to pull the trigger

    Time for another wheel build...

    Rims - Light Bicycle 35mm wide carbon rim
    Nipples - brass
    Hubs - Chris King ISO
    Spokes - CX Rays

    I'm a 240lb rider who rides trails/AM. I've never broken wheel stuff (other than a derailleur getting stuck in the spokes) but I don't want to start now. Kinda on the fence about going with DT Comps instead of the CX Rays to save a few bucks though...

    Should be about 1,680g with the CX Rays or 1,780g with DT Comps.

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    How does this wheel build look? About to pull the trigger

    Umh... Looks good?
    What kinda specific input where you looking for?


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    Suggestions to make it better and/or approval that my components match the intended riding type and rider size.

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    How does this wheel build look? About to pull the trigger

    They do. Are you buying everything new? Are you set on the hubs? You could save a bit of weight/money by going with different (but still good) hubs and then go with the CXs.


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    Yes, buying everything new. Fairly set on the hubs based on my research, explanations below.

    DT 350/240 - can be light (the 240) but too quiet (I want loud for hiker/wildlife alerting) and low engagement (I have a pair of DT 350s on my cross bike). The 36POE ratchet puts me damn near Chris King cost and the 54 ratchet isn't heavy rider suitable based on my research

    White industries - titanium freehub sounds nice but the engagement is too low

    Hope - obnoxiously loud and found quite a few reports of heavier guys breaking them

    Hadley - dealer network too small and too heavy

    Industry 9 - read a few reports of not being clyde suitable

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    How does this wheel build look? About to pull the trigger

    Then you are set. You've done your research, you know why you want what you want and the price you want to pay. Fire up the credit card and start waiting on the postman!

    I am waiting on a set of the LB 38's to arrive from China which will be laced up to Hope's with LBs Pillar bladed spokes.


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    Are CX Rays a waste of money?

    I'm just trying to achieve the weight of the narrower Light Bicycle rims... that was my only holdup going with the wider rims.

    Narrow rims + DT Comps = Wide rims + CX Rays, in terms of weight anyway. I don't care about aero, just want to lose the weight without sacrificing durability or stiffness.

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    Your alternative rim options are the LB 38/31.6 450g with thicker 3.2mm hookless beads.
    and the CB 36/30.8 390g with 2.6mm hookless beads.
    Both are the newest versions just out.
    I've built and been riding a CB 35/30 DT hub with Sapim Lasers from Dan's with great performance and no problems.
    Lasers are the round version of Rays at .95ea black with silver brass nipples.

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    I haven't heard as much about CB so I think I want to stick with LB.

    My only hesitation about going with the 38/31.6 is (besides the weight) that I don't want to go so wide that I limit my tire options to wider ones.

    This build is going on a bike that will mostly see trail/AM stuff, but I might do some XC races on it too, so I'd like to be able to throw on tires like an Ikon. Not that 1.6mm will make or break that option, but 30mm already seems like the upper realm of logical for possibly using smaller tires.

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    Build looks good to me.... I am biased though as I just finished building my LB35s with King hubs revolution spokes and prolock nips. ~1640 taped

    Lb rims King hubs by Crohnsy_, on Flickr

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    Here is a CB 35/30 rear with a fast rolling Bontrager XR1. Not very wide.
    One full season of use at 21psi or more depending on terrain without incident.
    I would build with the 30.8 rim for running this and similar tires if ordering today. $145+ship.

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