Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Rolf Vector Comp/hubs for single speed use
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03-06-06, 11:45 AM
I have a very good trade worked out where I can get a set of these wheels. I am wondering how difficult it would be to make these wheels single speed. Also will they work on a vintage schwinn super sport. This is the 80's Tenax tubed one that is relatively light. This will be replacing my Mavic Module EE2 700C wheels. I am really weirded out by going from 36 spokes to so few. I am also pondering just keeping the wheelset for a geared bike build. I have the 16tooth freewheel but the Rolf isn't thread on. I am new to this. Eventualy I would like to start building my own fixie/single speeds.
03-06-06, 12:22 PM
I don't know anything about making them fixed but I use these wheels on my road bike and despite the low spoke count they've been bomb proof so far.
03-06-06, 01:56 PM
The Rolf wheels take cassettes, not freewheels. The hub contains the freewheel mechanism, and is thus called a "freehub". To make it a SS (assuming it is a Shimano compatible hub), you need a cassette cog, spacers, and a lockring. Luckily for you they sell them in a kit. (http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/13456-220_GUS1C4-3-Parts-64-Hubs/Gusset-1-ER-Single-Speed-Conversion-Kit.htm)
Also, Endless Bikes (http://www.endlessbikes.com/products/components/index.html) makes a cog and spacers that will give you the proper chainline.
03-06-06, 02:02 PM
Spokes might be hard to get should you break one. The Vector is a Trek era Rolf and Rolf Prima does not have them. A regular spoke will work, and they look like aerolites so you could go that route.
03-06-06, 02:04 PM
Rav - I've called around to a few LBSs in my area and they all had bladed spokes that would work
03-06-06, 02:08 PM
I thought I did to, but I had a guy break one this weekend. I had a regular butted spoke that put him back on the road but no aero spokes that would fit thru the unslotted holes, that were also short enough to work.
I called Rolf and they had none either.
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