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    I had to replace my wheels last year, the rims had run their course like yours. I went decidedly in the heavy duty camp. Kind of the opposite of the wheels Honz would be interested in Good build quality. I am not the lightest guy and carry a ton of shonky with me to work. Had to tighten up the rear wheel after a couple hundred miles, which is to be expected.

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/product...-Value-XL.html

    The cup and cone bearings on the cheaper shimano hubs are not silky smooth like cartridge bearings. But they are easy to service and last a long long time like Mr. Meatmotor says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n18 View Post
    Here is a wheel set from Nashbar for $125* if you are willing to wait till 12/29:

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_603921_-1

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    I have an older model of those wheels on my backup commuter bike. I need the 36 spokes... They are good wheels but have a narrow-ish rim. I like the tire profile of 35c tires on a wide rim. I think I have 32c tires on those and they are about as big as I would go.

    I even shifted into the wheel once, in a fit of exhaustion induced clumsiness. Wheel still got me home, but I had to replace 5 or 6 spokes and true everything back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterw_diy View Post
    You do crack me up. For under $300 you can get hand-built wheels from Universal Cycles with Tiagra/Deore hubs, double butted DT spokes, and the ever popular and durable Velocity Dyad rims. Switch to the classic Sun CR-18 and straight gauge spokes and it's under $200. I've been riding XT/Salsa Delgado Cross from them and have been very pleased - round, even, true, no touch ups needed, and they even lined up the label with the valve hole per what must be a Velominati rule. But then I don't break stuff anywhere near as often as you.
    I'll concede that when I said "decent" I had something better in mind. But, yes, to be fair a Shimano hub + Dyad wheelset with double-butted spokes should last a long time, assuming that it's a good build and you do whatever maintenance Shimano says you have to do for their hubs. It'll be heavy, but Jon said he'd prefer that side of the triangle.

    I wouldn't think anything with straight-gauge spokes would be considered decent. (Or any of the budget Nashbar wheelsets.)

    If you get wheels built by a reputable local builder, you'll obviously pay more. Low-end November wheels are over $500. The Hunt gravel wheelset sounds like a solid value at ~$460.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    I may take you up on that, thank you
    Just let me know. Iím available Sunday if you want to pick them up, but Saturday is not an option, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    If you get wheels built by a reputable local builder, you'll obviously pay more. Low-end November wheels are over $500. The Hunt gravel wheelset sounds like a solid value at ~$460.
    Do you know anyone rocking Hunt? As far as I can tell they seem to use Novatec hubs and maybe the same OEM as Pacenti for some of the rims? I've been curious about some of their gravel wheel builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birru View Post
    Do you know anyone rocking Hunt? As far as I can tell they seem to use Novatec hubs and maybe the same OEM as Pacenti for some of the rims? I've been curious about some of their gravel wheel builds.
    I don't, no. I've read a few reviews and the specs look good. They do look like Novatec hubs, yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterw_diy View Post
    You do crack me up. For under $300 you can get hand-built wheels from Universal Cycles with Tiagra/Deore hubs, double butted DT spokes, and the ever popular and durable Velocity Dyad rims. Switch to the classic Sun CR-18 and straight gauge spokes and it's under $200. I've been riding XT/Salsa Delgado Cross from them and have been very pleased - round, even, true, no touch ups needed, and they even lined up the label with the valve hole per what must be a Velominati rule. But then I don't break stuff anywhere near as often as you.
    Just a sidebar, but most of the wheelsets on Universal Cycles like the few you mentioned are actually Quality Wheelhouse builds. IOW, they're available from any shop that uses QBP as a distributor.

    and for anyone interested in more detail, several years ago, QBP started having issues spec-ing competitively priced nicer wheelsets on their house-brand bike builds (Surly, Salsa, etc). They did a small amount of hand-built wheelsets, but not enough volume to supply wheelsets on their bikes. So, they set up a state-side wheel building operation for spec on their brand builds; machine laced but human tensioned and trued. So, almost any wheelset you see on a QBP brand bike build is available through Quality Wheelhouse ("hand built") or QBP ("machine built") as a stand alone wheelset/wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterw_diy View Post
    and they even lined up the label with the valve hole per what must be a Velominati rule.
    That's Rule #40, and it's a nice look, but now I break that rule and line the valve up with the inflation recs. I got tired of searching for the inflation pressures on various tires, and if I know it's right on top of the valve, I know where to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    ... but now I break that rule and line the valve up with the inflation recs. I got tired of searching for the inflation pressures on various tires, and if I know it's right on top of the valve, I know where to look.
    That's...actually a pretty darn good idea....

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    who cares what the sidewall inflation pressure says? it's too high

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