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Old 12-22-06, 09:41 AM   #1
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Help finding special 126mm 700c wheel

I just got a great deal on a pair of studded 700c (cyclocross) studded tires. Unfortunately the only bike with enough clearance (several cm!) is the 73 Raleigh Gran Sport. I currently force fit a 126mm 27" wheel in the original 120mm space and have use of the 6 lowest cogs on a 7 cog shimano freewheel.

The question is where can I find a 126mm or less 700c wheel, with freewheel or freehub/cassette?
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If nobody here has one to trade (I have plenty of 700c tubular rims, but no spare clinchers), eBay - or go to one of Larry Black's shops. http://www.bike123.com/
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Why not just make it a fixed gear? I've heard that FG is really good on snow and ice (sort of like having antilock brakes). I'm assuming that's what you need studded tires for.
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You can buy a set at Harris for $130 + $20 shipping, they won't sell just the rear. I bought a set for a Trek, they are nice wheels, although I swear the rear they sent me was a return or something, scratch and dent that was out of true. They said they would pay a local shop to true them, which was nice, but I needed a trueing stand anyway.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/wheels/622.html

scroll down to part WE941, seems like a better deal then buying a used one on ebay
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You can buy a set at Harris for $130 + $20 shipping, they won't sell just the rear.
I found those and I'm tempted. I have their equivalent 27" narrow rim set for the same bike but haven't been able to ride them yet due to a bad cold / sinus infection. They look sharp and are very smooth.
Bikepartsusa.com also has a set of Sun M-13 alloy wheels with no name hubs (probably old style cone/berrings) for about $87 shipped. I'll move the 700c wheelset over to my 87 schwinn and go back to the 27" wheelset by early spring. The Schwinn currently has aero Weinman 700c wheels that have spoke and pinch flat issues.
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Why not just make it a fixed gear? I've heard that FG is really good on snow and ice (sort of like having antilock brakes). I'm assuming that's what you need studded tires for.
I may try fixed gear sometime in the future. I put some Panaracer tires on my MTB for any real snow. In my area that doesn't happen often. My intent was to take advantage of a good deal on studded 700c tires because I'm curious how they'd handle. Nasbar 700c x 35 studded cyclocross tires (90 studs) were $36 shipped. Unfortunately, only my old steel Raleigh has the clearance.
I wouldn't normally buy a new wheelset but I've been wanting to replace the one on my Schwinn so this gives me an excuse.
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