Has anyone bought the cheap (~$32) generic Bike Catalog 27" wheels? They are on Weinman 209 rims and have unknown hubs. It scares me that these wheels are also available with cheesy electroplated spokes for $8 less than the normal stainless steel spoked version.
HOWEVER, a 36 spoke wheel, even if only on a single-wall rim, should be pretty sturdy, right? And how awful do you think the hubs could be? Worse than on entry-level bikes these days?
Does anyone have direct experience with these wheels, which are universally available from QBP/Quality Wheelsmith or whatever the big catalogs are?
Weinmann 27x1-1/4, 219, Front, Q/R, Silver, Alloy, Wheel
Your Price: $31.32
Weinmann 27x1-1/4 219
# Front Quick Release
# 36-Hole Hub
# 14-Guage Stainless Steel Spokes
# Silver Alloy Wheel (Pair shown)
I know I should just spend the cash on getting some quality wheels built up, but I hate to put that much money into the old bike. I'm a grad student, so it's not like I've got tons of disposable income. If they roll well enough for commuting and casual riding purposes, I'll be satisfied. I won't be satisfied if they fall apart within the month, of course!