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Offline Slowy

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buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« on: December 28, 2008, 05:41:54 PM »
i would like to have a separate set of rims with skinnies on them to ride during the week on the road after work.
i just got a new set of rims for christmas to replace the taco'd rim i got at santos.
so now i have one good rear wheel (hub, spokes and rim) and a front wheel that has a 'bent rim' and can't be true'd (per AJ's)
would it be worth it to buy the cheapest rim possible and have it laced with my spokes and hub or buy a whole new complete front wheel?
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 08:05:43 PM »
whole wheel... make sure it is at least an XT hub....

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008, 08:19:09 PM »
i would like to have a separate set of rims with skinnies on them to ride during the week on the road after work.
i just got a new set of rims for christmas to replace the taco'd rim i got at santos.
so now i have one good rear wheel (hub, spokes and rim) and a front wheel that has a 'bent rim' and can't be true'd (per AJ's)
would it be worth it to buy the cheapest rim possible and have it laced with my spokes and hub or buy a whole new complete front wheel?


If you are really just going to ride it on the road for some cardio, just replace the rim, and have the bike shop lace it up for you. You don't need anything fancy for what you want to do.

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2008, 08:34:07 PM »
thats what i was thinking, but a rim alone is like 20-30 depending on where i buy it, then there is shipping (if i buy online) and the labor to yank the spokes and re-lace them on the new rim
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2008, 09:55:15 PM »
i would like to have a separate set of rims with skinnies on them to ride during the week on the road after work.
i just got a new set of rims for christmas to replace the taco'd rim i got at santos.
so now i have one good rear wheel (hub, spokes and rim) and a front wheel that has a 'bent rim' and can't be true'd (per AJ's)
would it be worth it to buy the cheapest rim possible and have it laced with my spokes and hub or buy a whole new complete front wheel?

I see that you talk about the front then also about going skinny. Are you looking to go skinny both front and rear for the road? If so you will want to match the wheelset up to what is on there or you may have to readjust the rear derailieur each time you switch out as different wheels set up different.  Or you could just swap out road slicks on the wheelset, then put knobs on again when you go off road.

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2008, 09:59:37 PM »
yeah, i'm gonna go skinny on the front and rear wheel.

i put the cassette on the new rim and its doing fine, i was going to get the same cassette to put on the older rear wheel, which would keep everything in alignment. (i would assume that all 9spd cassettes are spaced the same??

i hear changing roadie tires are a PITA due to them being small, but idk.

i'd rather just have a whole separate set so all i have to do is loosen the skewer.
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2008, 10:06:03 PM »
The cassettes will be the same.  The hub may be different though unless you use the same hub and rim.  Sometimes you get lucky though.  You can get 1" mtb/road slicks to fit on the mtb rims.  They would probably be easier to get on and off than standard road tires.

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2008, 11:21:23 PM »
Let us know how this works out and how much the lbs charges you. I imagine your gonna have $100 rapped up in this rim transfer when all is said and done. Just truing the wheel is almost $20 then assembly (at least $30) and then the price of the rim. It will match the rear though so there's a plus. Take the tires off yourself to save a little labor but I'd leave the wheel assembled so that they can see how it was originally laced. Hang the bent rim in the garage to impress friends.
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008, 08:11:34 AM »
i know a guy who will switch your rim out for less than 20 bucks.  8) he has a shop just east of Brandon. 8)

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2008, 08:30:01 AM »
^ PM me the info?
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2008, 09:00:27 PM »
i know a guy who will switch your rim out for less than 20 bucks.  8) he has a shop just east of Brandon. 8)


that is what I am talking about. ;)

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2008, 09:03:27 PM »
but i gotta find a rim for cheap too....
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2008, 09:08:04 PM »
but i gotta find a rim for cheap too....

That should be easy....I would look at ebay or pricepoint or performance or nashbar, or jensen.....you get the point.

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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2008, 09:11:11 PM »
$8 bucks!
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/ZZ290B73-Alex+X-202.aspx

i'm assuming the only thing i need to make sure of is to get the same holed rim as the one now so i don't need to buy spokes... correct?
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Re: buy a rim or a whole prebuilt wheel?
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2008, 07:55:21 AM »
same holes and depth of rim. otherwise you may need longer or shorter spokes.

 

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