I am planning a new bike build from the ground up, so I will be needing a set of wheels to go with it. I have followed Mike's FAQ and here are my desires:
- Why do you want new wheels? What's wrong with your old ones?
New wheels for a new bike
- What are you old ones? (rim name, hub name, spokes, their numbers)
None for new bike, Ultegra 6500 series hubs with Mavic Open Pro's on commuter with 32 spokes (off the shelf generic spokes would be my guest)
- How much do you want to spend?
- How heavy are you?
- Do you ride "light" or "heavy"? Are you powerful or smooth?
- Have you had problems with your current wheels and if so, what?
- What condition are the roads in that you ride?
Smooth to rutted farm roads
- What tires, widths and pressures are you using?
"road tires", 700x25 or 700x28
- What do you expect from your new wheels that your old ones can't deliver? (be reasonable and realistic here!)
Looking for something as sturdy and light as possible within my price range
- What are you going to use the wheels for - recreational riding, touring (loaded), training, racing, general purpose?
Occasional commuting but mostly Gran Fondos centuries and the respective training for said rides
- Do you want custom hand-built (designed for you) or factory pre-built?
- Do you want wheels that are easily repairable with readily available, reasonably priced spokes and rims or are you ok with maybe having to ship your wheels back to the factory and wheels that contain expensive, proprietary spokes and possibly un-obtainium replacement rims?
Easily repairable is preferred
- Do you need 11spd compatible wheels (can be used with 8 ~10spd cassettes too by using a spacer) or are 10spd wheels ok? (can only be used with 8 ~ 10spd cassettes). Edit - This info is for Shimano & SRAM related cassettes; not Campagnolo.
May as well be 11 spd compatible (using a SRAM Red 10 speed groupset)
- Do you want the wheels to be oriented towards "aero" or "light"?
- Do you want to use regular clincher, tubeless, or tubular tires?
- Aluminum or carbon rims?
- Rim brakes or disk brakes?
- Rear hub width? (120, 126, 130, 135MM)
- Do you want adjustable loose ball bearing hubs (almost exclusively Shimano) or cartridge bearing hubs (almost everything else)?