A couple of posts ago, we talked briefly about our program that lets you supply your own rims and have us build them up with our hubs and spokes. Now that we're mere days away from having Nimbus Ti Disc hubs in stock, it gets new relevance.
The original impetus for the idea was the switch from cantis to discs in cross. A lot of people have a lot of wheels that have a lot of life left in them, but would either be sold on for pennies on the dollar or be relegated to that deep, dark spot in the garage where "currently useless but far too valuable to throw away" things go to bide their time. Apparently Fatmarc VanderBacon is on a secondhand canti wheel buying binge, but he can only do so much (much as that is - he's a special one, that FatBacon), so if you miss that train we've got the solution. Of course, there are a lot of people in the same spot after buying a new disc brake road bike, too. Reduce, reuse, recycle, one and all.
It's a very simple deal. You send us your rims, and we relace them with Nimbus Ti hubs and Laser spokes. Rim brake hub lacing options are 20, 24, and 28, rears are 24, 28, and 32. Disc builds are available in 24 and 28, front and rear. Cost is $500 for rim brake hub builds and $535 for disc brake hub builds.*
Other than spoke count limitations, there are very few requirements and caveats, but there are some. Rims need to be from a verifiable source - no "I bought them from some trading company on eBay" specials. Rims need to be in good enough shape to rebuild. Rims need to be clean - we're not scraping down 3 seasons worth of accumulated tubular glue, thankyouverymuch. And that's it.
Mike's putting together the page in the store today, and once we get the hubs in hand it's game on.
There's no perfect solution to swapping a fleet of wheels from fim brake to tubular, but we think this is a pretty great one.
*add $10 for internal nipples. Not my favorite things.