Several years ago on an Audax ride south of Sydney, it became clear to me what is the value of a high spoke wheelset. I broke a spoke on my Bontrager ‘race-lite’ wheels 15kms out of Nowra. The buckle was so bad the wheel no longer spun with the brake calliper fully open. It was pouring rain and I had to walk a long way back to the train station.
The wheels I’ve built have a traditional 32 spoke lacing front and back so you should never have to walk home. The rims are Velocity A23 with Shimano 105 hubs.
Rim: Velocity A23, Black
Hub: Shimano 105 5700 (32h front and 32h rear)
Spokes: Sapim Race (double butted), 294mm & 292mm
Nipples: Sapim Polyax, 12mm, brass
Weight: 1900g (860g front & 1040g rear)