I’m looking for recommendations for a budget (therefore alloy) wheelset for my older CX frame with canti brakes. The bike will be used on gravel / hard packed trails, so the wheelset should be strong enough for that. I won’t be racing, so low maintenance and durability will trump performance. I’d preferably go tubeless, but that’s not a strict requirement. I’m looking at fitting 38-40mm wide tires, so the internal rim should be at least 17mm wide.
I’ve so far identified Hunt’s 4 Season Aero and Mavic Aksiyum. Do you have any experience with these? Anything else you can think of?
I have the hunt 34 aero wide disc wheel set, I’ve them for almost 3 years. No problems and actually enjoy using this wheelset. The only issue I’ve had is the spokes come loose and make a creaking noise. That’s an easy fix IMO, a little tightening here and there fixes that problem. I would buy again for sure.
If you’re into lacing your own or have a shop that does good builds, you could build up a set from bikehubstore.com stuff, kinlin xr26T rims and their bitex hubs would be less than 400$. The kinlin rims are tubeless and should be a good fit for 38-40mm tires. I’ve been impressed with the kinlin rims I’ve built and am building some more up soon.
The advantage to building your own is you could use an asymmetrical rim on the rear and/or up the spoke counts for increased durability/strength too. I use sapim force or dt alpine III spokes for my rear wheels since they aren’t much more expensive than a butted spoke.
Can you actually fit a 38c in the rear with dirt? Most CX frames can only tuck a 35c. 38-40c will only fit the rear if the tire starts rubbing the rear stay the moment the tire settles in and gets dirty.
Mavic Aksiyum - these are not up to this task. My memory of these is a spoke breaking and then the rest of the spokes breaking.
Good question! The frame will clear up to 42c as per manufacturer and I’ve got my eyes on 38c, so should be plenty fine! The price and spec looks right on the DT Swiss P1600 (32) wheelset, thanks for the recommendation!
@clasher I must admit you got me curious and thinking here! There’s enough to do around the house these days though, so I guess I’ll be putting the spare time into actual riding.
I’ll be using a single wheelset. I bought the bike used for cheap and it came with front wheel that has a 15mm internal width rim - so pretty limited in terms of tire width. The back wheel is fine, but I’d rather get a matched set.
When you say the AR36 will be more durable, you mean than the P1600? What’s your point of reference?
I really like the Spinergy wheels. Value priced, hub seems good, pretty light. I put a set of GX on my gravel bike and GXX on my hardtail MTB. I do plan on putting Cushcore XC in the hardtail so I can bomb a little harder on them.
Check out Bicycle Wheel Warehouse for some budget options, I have a tubeless wheelset on my disc gravel bike, super cheap for what they were. Did have some issues with valve stem hole being incorrectly sized and some leaking, but my bike shop seems to have solved that issue. GF also has a set (tubeless) for her MTB and has had no issues with those.
Lastly, they always have coupon codes at the bottom of the site so make sure you nab those.
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