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    Raleigh 26x1 3/8 - non steel wheels?

    My wife found a nice 5 speed Raleigh from the 80s that she's stoked about riding this summer.

    It's in amazing shape and looks never to have been riden. No chainwear, brake marks on the rims, etc.

    The biggest downside to it though is the 26x1 3/8 steel wheels that are on there. I'd love to upgrade them to something non-steel for her. Does anyone manufacture wheels like this? Thanks all.

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    Hi welcome to BF/CV

    You can rebuild the wheels around alloy rims. Most of us that do it use the Sun CR-18 rims.

    BTW is it a 5 speed Internal Gear or 5 speed dérailleur?

    And before EastHill gets here...you may want to post pictures of the bike

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    Rad thanks, this will be my first wheel building escapade, but I think I'm ready for it.

    It's a dérailleur btw, suntour I think.. I'll throw some pics up tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by notrobb View Post
    Rad thanks, this will be my first wheel building escapade, but I think I'm ready for it.

    It's a dérailleur btw, suntour I think.. I'll throw some pics up tomorrow
    Swapping rims is pretty straight forward...but check to make sure the spokes are the correct length...

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    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

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    Another question about building these wheels:

    are hubs interchangable or are there different kinds? I have a nice pair of Shimano 600 hubs and their 700c rims are trashed.

    I was thinking of using them to build the 26x1 3/8 wheels for the Raleigh, instead of the inferior hubs that are on the steel wheels.

    I know this would probably change the spoke length, but are there other compatibility issues to consider too?

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notrobb View Post
    Another question about building these wheels:

    are hubs interchangable or are there different kinds? I have a nice pair of Shimano 600 hubs and their 700c rims are trashed.

    I was thinking of using them to build the 26x1 3/8 wheels for the Raleigh, instead of the inferior hubs that are on the steel wheels.

    I know this would probably change the spoke length, but are there other compatibility issues to consider too?

    Thanks!!
    Need to find out what your rear axle spacing is, versus the 600 hub, ditto the front fork. A few minutes with a caliper and ruler should give you the answer.

    Aaron
    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

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