Blog: Shimano 105 Hubs

25 Jul 2014

Vintage but awesome

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I’m pretty attracted to vintage styling but I’m more attracted to things that work well. These ideals don’t always go together but this wheelset says you can have both.

The polished TB14 rims from H Plus Son are very shiny and look great without stickers. Unlike traditional box section rims the TB14 has a modern 23mm width, which is a better fit for wider tires. The quality is really high, which you see in the weld area. Or rather you can’t see any trace of the weld, neither on the face of the rim nor inside the rim channel. Because of the quality level I have no problem exceeding industry standards for tension balance by a factor of three.

09 Dec 2013

Clydesdale wheel love

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Heavier riders can be hard on wheels. Clydesdale/Athena riders need to look at a few factors when choosing wheels: get a strong rim, build with more spokes, select butted spokes and use brass nipples. I sometimes hear the suggestion that straight gauge spokes are better for these applications but untrue! Spokes break from fatigue and breakage usually occurs near the elbow. A butted spoke has a thinner middle section, which is more elastic. This redirects flex from the danger zone to a less risky part of the spoke. This means better durability even though weight is lower.

Here’s a classic example: Velocity Deep V rims in 32f/36r, Shimano 105 hubs, and butted spokes.