Bicycle Mechanics - Recommendations wanted 27" wheels
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10-30-07, 11:21 AM
I'd like to get some new 27" lightweight wheels for my Rory O'Brien.
I'd be grateful if you could give me some ideas; I'm not sure what is available nowadays or where from; or how much they might cost.
Can anyone suggest any lightweight wheels which are suitable for fairly fast roadwork on a fairly lightweight frame ? I'd also be pleased if I could find out a source(s) for such wheels. Within reason, cost is not really an issue.
I'd also like to know any recommendations for tyres.
10-30-07, 11:33 AM
You may want to try the Classic & Vintage forum for recommendations.
Not many new 27" Wheels are available, but if your brakes can go 4 mm lower, and your not concerned about historic accuracy, you can run 700c wheels.
I am having a set of 27" wheels built at the LBS I shop at. Harris Cyclery, and other online shops do offer 27" wheels, I can't speak for which are lightest and best.
There's not much out there, Sun seems recommended but didn't hold to up to my size - here's a little research into what happened with me (thought it was more for a Clyde 27"):
I'm going to be going to 700cs myself.
10-30-07, 12:42 PM
bikepartsusa.com has 27x1 1/4 Weinmann 36 hole wheels with stainless spokes for appx. $35 each. The rear hubs are threaded for 5 or 6-speed freewheels although I'm using a 7-speed Sunrace freewheel from Nashbar without difficulty. I've been riding a pair of these for the past two years (5,000 miles or so) with no problems.
10-30-07, 07:05 PM
Sun Metal and Velocity still make rims in 27". One of the two would be my choice, depending on availability.
10-30-07, 07:10 PM
If you're not dead set on 27" wheels you can get a modern cassette hub, shimano 8/9/10 bladed spokes wheelset for ~ $150. retail.
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