Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: 1985 Pinarello Record, 1985 Raleigh Portage, 1986 Raleigh Kodiak, 1986 Raleigh Alyeska, 1983 Univega Specialissima, 1993 Marinoni Special
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Wheelset suggestions for mid-80's ATB
I'm tinkering around with an '85 High Sierra and after breaking 5 spokes truing the wheels, I have decided to cut my losses and build a new set.
While disassembling, I discovered that the Shimano LX (FH-M570) needs rebuilding and the front hub is actually a Formula FCM. It looks just like a Shimano LX hub but is far from it. I will be donating that one to my local co-op.
The Mavic X221 rims are in OK shape but don't get very good reviews with cracking being the major complaint.
The only part of the current wheelset I am semi-interested in is the Shimano rear hub but even that I can pass on and use for something else.
If you were modestly rebuilding a vintage ATB, what 26" rims and hubs speak to you? Upper echelon hubs, like Chris King, are not an option. This is a neighborhood type of bike. It may see some light touring/grinding too.
The only requirements is that they are tough rims and hubs. At least 32 hole (36 ideal), sealed bearings, 135mm rear and black as a color is OK but chrome/brushed is ideal.