Friday, May 7, 2010

Wheels of the week, and wheelbuilding class

Wheels of the week:
Every Thursday or Friday or Saturday I'm going to be posting a wheel or wheelset that will be offered at a reduced price until it sells, or until I post the next special wheel deal. These wheels are built by me with lots of care and attention to detail and are guaranteed for life to stay true and not break spokes under normal riding conditions (obvious abuse, crashes, and catastrophic "acts of God" fall into the "not-normal riding conditions" category).

This week's special:
--Ultegra 6600 hubs (rear takes 9/10-speed cassette), polished silver, 32h front and rear
--Velocity Aerohead rims, silver with machined sidewalls, asymmetrical rear for strength
--Wheelsmith 14/15g double-butted spokes with Wheelsmith brass spoke nipples, laced 3x front and rear

These are lightweight wheels. It's hard to get handbuilt wheels of this quality any lighter without spending lots more money on boutique hubs.

Normally these wheels would be around $470. Get this set for $420. A great upgrade for a modern road bike that has cheesy factory wheels, or to modernize an older machine.


Wheelbuilding class:
I will be leading a wheelbuilding class on Saturday, May 29 June 5, 8am-Noon. The fee of $60 is required to reserve a spot in the class, and will cover instruction and equipment to build one wheel (some people build two wheels). We offer a discount on wheel components for class participants. Please call, email (jim@hiawathacyclery.com), or visit the shop to reserve your spot in the class and to discuss the hubs, rims, and spokes that will be appropriate for your bike and budget.

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