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Old 09-03-09, 01:55 PM   #1
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NOS classic...good 27 inch rims?

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The Nishiki International i found in the trash, more or less coming out of a lazy ones garage, and just covered with dust finally got out yesterday. After overhauling everything except headset, adding a fresh chain, and cleaning her up i found it rode better, or atleast more efficiently than my 5 year old Lemond Reno. Of course the Nishiki was barely used. Original tires, brake pads, etc. Not really having a good qaulity bike since getting the lemond i had not realized just how worn out it is. On an old 70 something bike i was climbing steep hills like a pro, and i had thought it would be the opposite. I knew it would ride nice with the shimano hubs, sugino crank set, and suntour components, but i didn't expect it too be better. Of course now, a proper overhaul on the Lemond is to be done! Atleast it was giving me a workout


Now for the question. The rear rim on the Nishiki isn't "perfect" and i think its worth it to maybe get some new rims for the bike. Does anyone know of good 27 inch rims? Thanks!
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There are very few 27" rims being made. Sun CR18's are made in 27" and are pretty good and reasonably priced. They would be my suggestion
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If you're going to re-lace the rear wheel why not do both and just switch to 700's? If you want to keep it vintage, there are lots of options but you'll have to search through ebay or the like and there will be others looking and bidding. If you want new 27" rims, +1 on the CR-18's.
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If you're going to re-lace the rear wheel why not do both and just switch to 700's? If you want to keep it vintage, there are lots of options but you'll have to search through ebay or the like and there will be others looking and bidding. If you want new 27" rims, +1 on the CR-18's.
Vintage is definantly a must...If it were going to be my main bike i would opt for the 700c, but its in such good condition. btw, i'd just do both front and rear rims. My ocd over stuff being even wouldn't allow just one, lol

Thanks for the suggestions
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If you want to keep it vintage two of the best 27" rims are Wolber Super Champion Gentleman 81s and Mavic module e's. However I think they are pretty expensive when they pop up.

That bike would probably be more correct outfitted with a pair of Japanese rims. I'm not too familiar with any of them, buy araya made all kinds of good rims, and you could probably find a 27" set for a decent price.
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If you want to keep it vintage two of the best 27" rims are Wolber Super Champion Gentleman 81s and Mavic module e's. However I think they are pretty expensive when they pop up.

That bike would probably be more correct outfitted with a pair of Japanese rims. I'm not too familiar with any of them, buy araya made all kinds of good rims, and you could probably find a 27" set for a decent price.
Ya, if i can find another pair of araya's, or alteast a matching rear i'd be happy. Atleast the current rims are rideable, and should hold up indefinantly, just not as smooth as i'd like em.
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Maybe we should trade. I have 27's and prefer 700c.
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Now for the question. The rear rim on the Nishiki isn't "perfect" and i think its worth it to maybe get some new rims for the bike. Does anyone know of good 27 inch rims? Thanks!
Define "isn't perfect"? Can it be trued to make it perfect?
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Define "isn't perfect"? Can it be trued to make it perfect?
Well it had a hop in it and without a stand there was no way i'd get it right...I took it to a shop, but they couldn't get it near perfect. Still has some high and low spots, and isn't as true as i could do either..I mean its better, and rideable, and better than had i just rode on it. So i can't complain.
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