Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Wheels
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I tried searching for the answer to these question, but couldn't locate them. Does anyone make prebuilt wheels for fixed gears? Is it cheaper to build them yourself or have a shop do it (I don't have a truing stand, dishing tool, and never built a wheel before)? Can I buy a wheel off ebay and just put a fixed gear hub in? What is the best wheel for city riding? Of course I'm exposing myself as a true poser here, so be gentle with me.
07-12-04, 05:57 PM
Most online stores deal with pre-built or custom built fixed wheels...
These are but a few out there. I was thinking about going that route as well but decided that I'd save my cash for a Surly fixed hub and some spokes and build it myself with an Open Pro rim I have already. Just seems that the saved cash always ends up going to groceries or my kids registration fees for soccer and the like.
07-12-04, 06:02 PM
check your lbs. i know the ones around here carry pre-built wheels.
I know there's a bunch of LBS around here that carry them - the last one I bought was a surly laced to a 32 mavic MA3 for $129 before tax. Then there was like another $30 for cog and lockring (but I did get the Phil Wood lockring...) Probably cheaper than buying a truing stand, but eventually I'm going to get me one...
Just don't buy the suzue entry level wheels off of ebay - laced to a alexrims RP15F... seems like a good deal, but I really wasn't happy with the hub. I don't think I'm ever going to get another Suzue hub...
07-12-04, 07:55 PM
these look good. i think the hubs are similar to the Iro hubs, only a different color. prolly made in the same factory...
07-12-04, 10:11 PM
I just had my LBS build me a new wheel. They charged me $35 for the labor. With a stand costing somewhere around $100, a dishing tool being around $30, plus the head-ache of getting the tension right, it true, etc. $35 is a deal to me.
Building up a set of wheels with decent components can save you at least $100 bucks or so. About pays for the tools right there. And you get the personal satisfaction of riding your own.
I like my Phil/Sun Ringle Venus combo. High flange combined with med profile rim makes a strong wheel
Wow, thanks for all the good ideas.
07-13-04, 10:27 PM
>I don't think I'm ever going to get another Suzue hub...
Don't judge all Suzue hubs based on the Jr. The Pro Max-SB is hot. I'd assume the NJS is also good, but I don't have personal experience.
07-13-04, 11:02 PM
Yeah I ride suzue promax and phil wood on two different bikes. I don't really notice that much of a differnce between to two, although that might change as the years pass. I think that HereNT was talking about the suzue JR though, he has ridden my promax wheels a couple of time and was impressed compared the the JR...
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