For years I have always wanted a set of wheels built with red HOPE Ti hubs. So for my latest build, a NOS 1999 Kona 853 Explosif, I have finally got them at long last!
Firstly I decided on 32 hole Mavic 517 SUP rims, which I bought complete with Shimano XT 750 hubs in mint condition. I then spent months looking for a set of retro HOPE hubs in anno red.
Gave up and just bought a red front one and then a rubbish set of mixed rims came up with the dream set of mint hubs!
I bought this set and sold the first HOPE front hub.
Just collected the built final wheels today and I am very pleased. Bit of a hassle and huge expense getting them exactly how I wanted, but who said perfection was ever going to be easy and cheap.
Rims - Mavic 517SUP - 32 hole
Spokes - DT Revolution
Nipples - DT anno red alloy
Hubs - Retro HOPE ti in anno red
The revolutions save 100g over a set of DT competition spokes and the alloy nipples save 40g. I wouldn't normally recommend alloy nipples as they can corrode and stick, but for a custom light use build its ok.
Just weighed the front wheel and its 700g exactly - NICE!
What is your idea of a dream set of wheels?
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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