Building my first set of wheels.

Also in my latest Wiggle delivery was my Shimano 105 5700 rear hub and new cassette (HG50-8)13-14-15-17-19-21-23-26 and new chain Shimano 8 speed chain.

The Mavic A119 rims which I ordered from Chain Reaction has been sitting here for about two weeks, along with the new rubber to go on them. Schwalbe Greenguard 700c x 35 tyres.

Now my next step is to figure out the required spokes.  I visited Freespoke website and they have the hubs and rims already in their database but I double checked by watching a few youtube videos on measuring spoke length. Below are specs from Freespoke for my new wheels (front and back). 

rear rim

Mavic A119 700c, 29er rim

front rim

The rear wheel requires 294mm x 18 spokes and 292mm x 18 spokes.

The front wheel requires 288mm x 36 spokes.

Next task, research the best type of spokes for touring and buy some rim tape.