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You're not typically carrying heavy loads while randonneuring, any quality, road hub should work. I think an MTB hub is overkill. I've used American Classic hubs for MTB race wheels, but I probably would not choose American Classic for randonneuring. I have thousands of brevet and randonnee miles on Shimano Ultegra, Cycle Ops Power Tap, and Schmidt SON hubs, ...


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HarryG's answer was spot on, get a custom wheel built up. However, the trend now is to get a wider rim, yes, wider has proven to be more aero dynamic in wind tunnel tests. The real advantage is that with a wider contact patch, the wheel corners better, has less deflection/deformation and handles better. In fact many riders say that wide clinchers mimic ...


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I randonneur extensively (on a touringy Kona Jake with a saddlebag) and have found Novatec hubs with sealed industrial bearing to be very cost effective, offering tens of thousands of kilometers with virtually no maintenance and no degradation of performance to speak of.


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super-reliable not too heavy low maintenance not super expensive Any Shimano XT hub M76X - M77X. Also confider the newer T7XX "touring XT" models. Shimano hubs are exclusively (afaik) loose-bearing rather than cartridge hubs, so they're easily serviceable and the balls are available almost everywhere. The XT range should also have decent seals, durable ...


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Since it is a TriCross and will take some pretty large tires it would be nice to keep the option to go to larger diameter so I would not go with a smaller rim. Lots of nice wheelsets out there. An upgraded wheelset does a lot for a bike in my opinion. Do you want to spend $200, $300, $400, ...? There are cyclocoss wheelsets but since you are running ...


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I bought this Pearl Izumi for 60$ and surprised now to see it almost twice as expensive. Just find a sale with a good discount. Considering that jacket, the hood is large to fit helmet, but without helmet it's much too loose. Also the hood looks ugly when not worn and just hangs on the back. Also you may consider wearing cycling poncho. I didn't like that ...


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As cheap mountain bikes go that one seems to be ok. But you don't seem to want to use it for mountain biking. You'd be much better off with a flat bar road bike (not a racing bike), or a roadster. The traditional upright "dutch bike" style bikes are that way for a host of really good reasons. the upright position is more comfortable. mudguards keep the ...


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Mountain bikes are fine for road commuting too. The advantages are fatter tires which make the bike more stable and the upright riding posture, which many find to be more comfortable compared to road bikes. This disadvantage is mountain bikes aren't as efficient. You'll need to expend more energy to get to the destination compared to a road bike, due to ...



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