Commuting - decent commuter wheelset
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06-29-09, 01:01 AM
I am looking to upgrade my commuter, a 1987 Nishiki Landau. I believe the bike has the original wheels on it now. 700 wheels, the frame spacing is 130mm, I dont want to spend more than $200, if that is possible. Any recomendations? I have friction shifters, it has a six speed freewheel on it now.
06-29-09, 03:51 AM
Mavic Open Pro's!
Would you consider building the wheels yourself? That's what I did when I found out how expensive good wheelsets are. This will make even more sense if your hubs are still good.
It took me a lot of time for reading, preparation and for the wheel building itself, but it was very fun, quality time spent on my bike! I'm still happy with the outcome 2 years later and the Mrs was happy with the low expenses.
Mavic Open Pro's!
I'd say Open Pro's also, but the 6 speed freewheel means they're not going to be out of the box wheels, prolly have to have something built, which may make it hard to hit the $200 target.
If it were me I'd figure out a way to scrape together another $100 or so to get the Ultegra Open Pros plus an 8- or 9-speed cassette (the beauty of friction shifters is that'll work) rather than spend $200 building up the old wheels.
06-29-09, 09:56 AM
Neuvation (http://www.neuvationcycling.com/) makes some good wheelsets at a decent price. On their "wheels" page under the deals section you can get an M28 front and rear wheel for just over $200.00 You'll have to pay shipping too, plus you'll need a new cassette so you're now getting closer to $300 unless you're OK with a less expensive Nashbar cassette or something. In that case you might be able to get by at $250. It's going to be hard to find a better deal on a good *new* wheelset though.
I'm surprised that the spacing is 130 mm when you've got a 6 speed on your bike. I would have figured 126. Even at 126 though you should be able to squeeze new wheels in there assuming the frame is steel.
06-29-09, 02:05 PM
I had a pair of velocity wheels with xt hubs built for my 26" commuter and they are bombproof. They don't really meet your budget at about $400 for both but they are worth the extra cash. Save a little more and have your lbs build yu a set in my opinion.
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