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Are Wolber T410 Alpine Rims worth keeping?
I have a pair of "Chrome Magnesium" Wolber T410 Alpine Rims on 105 hubs. 32 hole and straight gauge spokes. They came on an 88 Ironman Expert. They appear to have real low miles. I don't know why they say "chrome magnesium" as they appear to be anodized.
I had just about decided to part with the ironman, but I am thinking of hanging on to the wheelset.
The rims are 126mm, but use some sort of cassette. I guess they are probably unglide.
Because they are cassette I could upgrade them a 8/9/10 speed cassette. I did this once before. It was a pretty simple conversion. Find a 8/9/10 speed cassette, remove the axle and bearings, replace the cassette, replace the axle, re-dish and true. I did not bother to find a longer axle. Sheldon says it was ok and I went with it.
The reason for this is that I have been moving everything to 8 or 9 speed, and it seems relatively hard to find nice classic looking 8/9/10 speed wheels.
But I don't know anything about wolber rims in general, or the T410 Alpine in particular. I am hoping that the wheels will do good as everyday wheel for a 215 lb rider. Are these good rims for such a purpose?
If I keep the wheels, and don't just ship the frame to Robbie, I will probably sell the Ironman with a pair of Araya Red Label Rims on 600 rims, or Mavic MA40's on Mavic 500 hubs. I realize both those are pretty good wheels in their own right, but but they are both freewheel type, and can't be easily upgraded to 8 or 9 speed.