Jonah10
Hey guys I’m building a gravel bike from the frame up. Looking for options in wheel sets that are affordable yet durable. I’m planning to run 35mm+ tires for my gravel bike. Any insight or suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 
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jfranci3
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/dt-swiss-gr-1600-spline-r-25-28-disc-wheelset-883036
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/dt-swiss-g-1800-spline-r-25-28-disc-wheelset-883048

These come with about $100 in stuff you can sell on ebay too.

  • 1 x Sram XDR freehub body
  • 2 x IS 6-bolt adapter Road
  • 2 x 5 mm Endcap Kit (pair)
  • 1 x 15 mm Endcap Kit (pair)
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Jonah10
jfranci3 wrote:
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/dt-swiss-gr-1600-spline-r-25-28-disc-wheelset-883036
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/dt-swiss-g-1800-spline-r-25-28-disc-wheelset-883048

These come with about $100 in stuff you can sell on ebay too.

  • 1 x Sram XDR freehub body
  • 2 x IS 6-bolt adapter Road
  • 2 x 5 mm Endcap Kit (pair)
  • 1 x 15 mm Endcap Kit (pair)



Are these compatible with my SRAM XG-1150 cassette? 
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jfranci3
Jonah10 wrote:



Are these compatible with my SRAM XG-1150 cassette? 


https://www.sram.com/en/sram/models/cs-xg-1150-a1
 

That's what the XDR  thing does. It'll have the Shimano one on there when it comes out of the box. (XD was the org mountain bike one, then they intro'd XDR which is the slightly wider, but nearly identical road version. You can put an XD cassette on an XDR if you put a spacer behind the cassette. This usually comes with it)
[2020-DT-Swiss-Ratchet-EXP-freehub-bodies-for-XD-XDR-Shimano-Road-Shimano-MTB-Shimano-Microspline-Campagnolo] 

Just pull it off and put the XDR  one on. Then put the end cap,  1.85 spacer on, and then the XD cassette. If one doesn't come with, the spacer is a common cassette spacer, the same one used for Shimano 10/11 speeds.
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(The amount of highly ebay-able stuff these come with is epic.)

What's the bike?
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Jonah10
jfranci3 wrote:


https://www.sram.com/en/sram/models/cs-xg-1150-a1
 

That's what the XDR  thing does. It'll have the Shimano one on there when it comes out of the box. (XD was the org mountain bike one, then they intro'd XDR which is the slightly wider, but nearly identical road version. You can put an XD cassette on an XDR if you put a spacer behind the cassette. This usually comes with it)
[2020-DT-Swiss-Ratchet-EXP-freehub-bodies-for-XD-XDR-Shimano-Road-Shimano-MTB-Shimano-Microspline-Campagnolo] 

Just pull it off and put the XDR  one on. Then put the end cap,  1.85 spacer on, and then the XD cassette. If one doesn't come with, the spacer is a common cassette spacer, the same one used for Shimano 10/11 speeds.
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(The amount of highly ebay-able stuff these come with is epic.)

What's the bike?


Building on a chinese carbon frame called The Carbonda 696. Fairly new to this whole building bikes from the frame up thing but it'll be a great learning experience for me. Thank you so much for the info!
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flowbie
Alex Boondocks 3. Comes in 650b and 700c. Comes with adapter for different axles sizes. Relatively light, look not too bad too. 
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zen_
I'd say the DT Swiss GR 1600 wheelset is very hard to beat at that price. They are in stock at Lordgun right now for $450 shipped to US (it's comical how much cheaper bike parts are in the EU...).

I was thinking about building myself a new budget wheelset with HED Belgium G hoops, Novatec hubs, and mid-level DT Swiss or Pillar spokes (around $500 total), but I might actually give that DT Swiss set a hard look now.
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Jonah10
zen_ wrote:
I'd say the DT Swiss GR 1600 wheelset is very hard to beat at that price. They are in stock at Lordgun right now for $450 shipped to US.

I was thinking about building myself a new budget wheelset with HED Belgium G hoops, Novatec hubs, and mid-level DT Swiss or Pillar spokes (around $500 total), but I might actually give that DT Swiss set a hard look now.


Wow THANK YOU! I was just looking at these! Will definitely order these now! Thanks again!
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jfranci3
Jonah10 wrote:


Building on a chinese carbon frame called The Carbonda 696. Fairly new to this whole building bikes from the frame up thing but it'll be a great learning experience for me. Thank you so much for the info!



Oh if you're going full stupid, I'd spend another $100 and get some LB wheels.
WR or AR series with Novatech/Pillar would be very fine.
https://www.lightbicycle.com/700C-Gravel-Optimized-Aero-Shape-36mm-depth-hand-built-carbon-road-disc-wheels---28mm-wide-and-tubeless-compatible.html
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Jonah10
jfranci3 wrote:



Oh if you're going full stupid, I'd spend another $100 and get some LB wheels.
WR or AR series with Novatech/Pillar would be very fine.
https://www.lightbicycle.com/700C-Gravel-Optimized-Aero-Shape-36mm-depth-hand-built-carbon-road-disc-wheels---28mm-wide-and-tubeless-compatible.html


I forgot to mention that I am in the U.S. Does the Global option ship to the U.S?
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spinergypaul
Spinergy GX for $599. Handmade in North America, Patented PBO fiber spokes, Hadley racing cassette bodies. Right now we are offering free shipping and a free padded double wheelbag with purchase. 650 or 700c

https://www.spinergy.com/content/bicycle/gx-gravel
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jfranci3
Spinergy GX for $599. Handmade in North America, Patented PBO fiber spokes, Hadley racing cassette bodies. Right now we are offering free shipping and a free padded double wheelbag with purchase. 650 or 700c

https://www.spinergy.com/content/bicycle/gx-gravel


@Paul I'd like to see how 'aero' those bladed spokes are in yaw. Obviously in this space, they don't have to be great.  Looks like they 3mm x ??? and it's unclear what the shape nets out to be in tension in the online stuff i've seen.
My current opinion of these alternative spokes, including i9's round AL Spokes and Mavic's tubular spokes, might be great for low speed stuff, but you might not want them for 18-20mph+ stuff. Even if you don't spend much time at speed, I'd be concerned they might even be noisy in the wind. If they've don't hurt the windtunnel numbers too much, I doubt they'd be an issue in crosswinds. 


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karl
Hunt Mason X for $429, 220 grams less than the GRs?
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zen_
karl wrote:
Hunt Mason X for $429, 220 grams less than the GRs?


The GR 1600 wheels are 24mm internal width, have much better hubs, and are probably a much stouter rim that will hold up better for off-road use.

I get that people want to go fast, but for training rides, and frankly racing for most of us, strength + reliability > 0.1 MPH faster.
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karl
No doubt on the nicer hubs. My GF has been beating the crap out of a pair for about 2 yrs with no problems. just another option.
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Cmtgravel
I bought a pair of Vuelta Corsa SLX wheels online for about $300 in 2016 and they have served me very well. 
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