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Old 03-08-11, 02:06 PM   #1
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Options For Replacing Wheel - Trek 7200 FX

I just picked up my first hybrid (2001 Trek 7200 FX). The PO constantly broke spokes on the rear wheel...on his last ride he broke a spoke and the rim is bent pretty good.

I am looking into my options for replacing/repairing the rear wheel. The wheels are original. The rear hub is Shimano RM-40 and the rim is Vuelta Vision.

I was planning on buying a new wheel from REI for $45 which features the same hub: http://www.rei.com/product/770559

Is this a good route to go? Are there any other suggestions? Just from pricing around, this seems like the most cost effective way to get me on the road. I would think taking it to a shop to replace just the rim on it would be more spendy.

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Likely the build, & wheel maintainence , lack of touch up truing,
was the problem, not the parts.
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Old 03-08-11, 02:46 PM   #3
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Likely the build, & wheel maintainence , lack of touch up truing,
was the problem, not the parts.
I agree. Regardless, I have a rim that is bent and I am looking for the best option for getting it fixed/replaced. Either re-using the hub and finding a new rim, or buying an entire wheel. Seems like the former would be more expensive?...since someone would have to build it.
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You can buy the REI wheel but I would have it tensioned properly to ensure durability. These inexpensive factory built wheels are routinely under tensioned and rarely touched up by hand. YMMV
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Well I purchased the wheel from REI. I was going to get everything put together today, but when I took a close look at the wheel I bought, I discovered it isn't exactly what I saw online.

The hub is a RM60 hub (FH-RM60), where it was suppose to be a RM40.
The rim is a Alex XLC S2516, where it was listed as Alex X101.

I still plan on using it, but just wondering if the components are equivalent or not. For instance, I couldn't really track down the difference between the RM40 and RM60. Is the RM60 better?
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The RM40 is Altus while the RH60 is Acera which is slightly higher in the Hierarchy of Shimano MTB component groups. The wheel should work just fine as long as it fits in the dropouts - and it should.
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How much did the PO weigh and how much do you weigh?
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How much did the PO weigh and how much do you weigh?
I am guessing the PO weighs around 200 lbs. I weigh 170 lb.
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