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SteeleWheels

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I've been out of the loop for a very long time and a lot has changed over the years. I used to build up all my own wheels before mass produced wheels were any good. I'm building a new bike and would like to build a set of inexpensive, thru axle, light, disc, center lock wheels (6 bolt is acceptable to keep price down) mainly for road use. I'd like to know if there is a preferred source for wheel parts and suggestions on a build.

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Bdop has one build mainly for road use:- 

http://www.bdopcycling.com/DIY%20Alloy%20Road%20Disc%20Kit%20VI.asp

You'd have to look up the weight of the components.
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When I build wheels I will use different places to buy the components based on lowest price.  But if I had to go to one place to buy everything it would be Universal Cycles https://www.universalcycles.com/, because they have a huge selection and discount codes that are always active (VIP10 for 10% off $100, or VIP15 for 15% off $300.).  It might help people make suggestions for a build if they knew your budget, weight and what size/type of tires you are going to use.
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When I build wheels I will use different places to buy the components based on lowest price.  But if I had to go to one place to buy everything it would be Universal Cycles https://www.universalcycles.com/, because they have a huge selection and discount codes that are always active (VIP10 for 10% off $100, or VIP15 for 15% off $300.).  It might help people make suggestions for a build if they knew your budget, weight and what size/type of tires you are going to use.


Cool,  I'm inpatient so I scoured the internet trying to find the best deals on the parts I wanted and many were out of stock and it was taking a lot of time. I ended up ordering a wheelset with Red Hope RS4 Center lock Disc hubs, silver DT swiss double butted spokes, brass nipples and black American Classic 101 rims from a wheel builder online. They had a 10% discount and free shipping so the deal worked out ok. I plan on running 28c tires on these for mostly road and some hard pack gravel/dirt fire roads.

I was trying to keep this first set under $400 (I'm cheap) but ended up being over that.


I want to build a carbon 29er wheelset in the future so I'll check out the options you guys have provided. I will build those though. They will be for wide tires, 32-40C and I'll budget about $700 to $800 using quality Chinese rims.

These are going on a Carbonda CFR505 frame.

Thanks!


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https://www.bikehubstore.com/
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SteeleWheels

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https://www.bikehubstore.com/


Thanks for the link. I don't know much about some of their hub brands. Do you know who makes the SL210 hubs? Any experience with Bitex?

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Bitex has been the go-to OEM hub supplier in Taiwan for decades for many brands. Just recently available to the NA market under their own name. I've been building with them for almost 10. The SL210's are a discontinued Bitex design that BHS probably picked up for cheap and named it like a new pet.
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Thanks for the link. I don't know much about some of their hub brands. Do you know who makes the SL210 hubs? Any experience with Bitex?

Thanks!


I'm a builder, too, but only have a few years building with Bitex hubs.  I understand the skepticism, but they really have proven themselves.  I was talking to a shop owner in NorCal, who was telling me they had hundreds of wheels out on the roads/trails with almost no issues or failures.  He could remember one defective bearing (in a new hub, and replaced) and another failure which actually turned out to be ultimately user error.

If you are building your own wheels, BHS is a great resource and one stop shopping.  And would keep you in the kind of budget you're talking about.

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I'll toss in a 3rd recommendation for BikeHubStore.com - Brandon will answer questions and do whatever he can to help you out with your project. Great customer service!

Along the lines of what others have said, I know more than a handful of folks who have built wheels on Bitex hubs (or had wheels built on Bitex hubs) and they just work mile after mile. Bang for buck, they are really tough to beat.

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