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    Default NOS GP4s?

    Found a set of NOS red label GP4s in 36 hole drilling for a steal of a price. I rode those back in the 80s as my everyday wheels. Wondering what people think of them compared to today's rims and how they'd build up with 130mm rear spacing/dishing/etc. What spokes/tensions would you recommend for a 200 lb rider?
     

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    Those will build up nice. Use good old DB 14 g spokes and nothing fancy otherwise. They will be fine.
    The don't compare to todays rims and that is not why are building them yah?
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    DB14s was what I was thinking too. When you say they don't compare to today's rims, what do you see as the main differences?
     

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    they are killer and out of category to today's rims build em ride em
     

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    Default Re: NOS GP4s?

    I use straight 14 gauge, 3 cross. You won't have any problems with the rims. As along as they are built right, they should out last you.
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    Build them up with a set of Phil Wood hubs for a bit of that old magic.
     

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    I have a pair. I had Freewheel build them up for me to a pair of NOS Chorus 8-speed hubs with Sapim double-butted spokes, 3 cross. Couldn't tell you the tension but I'm not a small rider and they do fine.
     

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    I just built up a set on Phil Wood hubs for a fixie project. Love Em!

    Got the bike going yesterday for the first time. I have little basis for comparison, but I think they are killer.

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    worse than average then- terrible now.
    bamboo, aluminum, wood.

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    Default Re: NOS GP4s?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerk View Post
    worse than average then- terrible now.
    But in a good way, right? ;-)
     

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    Default Re: NOS GP4s?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerk View Post
    worse than average then- terrible now.
    Craig, you're such a jerk !

    I logged more miles on those rims than any other with very little problems. These were my standard training rim back in the early 80's. They were heavy-ish like in the range of a Nemesis, but solid as a rock for my (then) 165 pound ass. I still have several sets.

    Having said that, I did enjoy race day when putting on the GL-330 set. More fragile, but the weight difference made the bike feel great.

    Tried GEL-280's, but they wouldn't last unless used only for smooth time-trials.
     

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