I just did a quick search… looks like Velocity is almost universally recommended and or used on this forum. There appears to be only one objection to them based on practical reasons:
Otherwise there are two instances of Velocity dislike, both seem to be based on aesthetics…
So really, no hatred at all. Velocity good.
There are some stray remarks about them being less than true from new and more likely to warp and not eyeletted on the various bike forums… but they are cheaper then the rims they are compared to. If you want to spend more, do it and get a better rim.
velocity and mavic are the only rims reccomended by that famous touring bike shop in the states (insert name if anyone can remember it) apparently they are the only two companies that put out consitently true rims. velocity are unreal, a little heavier than most, especially deep Vs, but still rockin good rims.
and 28 is enough. no dished 28 is about as strong as a 40 spoke dished 130mm road wheel if i remember correctly.
I’m pretty sure that Shimano would not make 28 hole hubs and put the Dura Ace name on them if they were going to be rubbish.
I’d say ride 'em, they’ll be cool. As has already been said, the number of spoke crosses make more of a difference than the spoke numbers in this case. Your 28 hole whatever-cross wheels will be just fine. If the wheels were laced radially, they’d be more flexy than they are now but still be fine to ride on. For example, the front wheel on my Trek MTB was a radially-laced 28 hole wheel and although it flexed noticeably at times, compared to a cross-laced wheel, it was totally fine to ride on. I think they specced it merely because it looked cool!
Also keep in mind that people are lacing up 20 hole (and less) front wheels radially and they work just fine.
I’ve used my road Ksyrium Elite many times on the track (its got 16 or 18 spokes. can’t remember, and its too cold outside to go count them in the shed) and its as stiff as a board, and very lively.
MJ I think I remember ready an article or something (could’ve been god) a while ago re: Strength according to cross count, that said 1 is better than 2, 2 is better than 3, but after that it starts going back down hill. So saying that I’ll get these 28H DA hubs done 3X when I get around to it.
Nath - Yes I think I should’ve come out instead of trying to understand the difitions for paravertabral sympathetic ganglia and the differences between acute and chronic inflammation Head is ready to explode bargh Feel free to come visit with some CHURROS!
MJ - 4X would fit into the ‘going down hill part’ i.e. Disadvantages outweigh the advantages For reasons I fail to remember, so please don’t ask!