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    Wheel swap question(s)

    I have a Panasonic DX-3000 that I've been enjoying lately. The wheels are Exage hubs laced to Araya rims - nothing special, but they're true and in good shape. I assume they're original.

    I have a set of wheels on another bike (one that's on the cut list) that are American Classic hubs laced to Matrix aero rims. There's a bit of wear on the rims, but they look like they have plenty of miles left, and the hubs are some of the smoothest I've felt.

    So I'm thinking about swapping the wheelsets. Of course, this would mean ditching the original wheels for the Panasonic, which I wouldn't normally do, but they do seem rather common.

    Can anyone comment on the American Classic hubs yea or nay, or offer any other insights that might help me decide what to do?

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    I've seen the American Classic hub/Matrix and Sun rim combos on many mid 80's and later Treks. IIRC, people found them to be very good reliable wheels, despite them being newish in the Italian/Japanese dominated component market back then.
    I would not hestate using them as long as they still look to be in good condition and true.

    Chombi

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    well the only issue I see is wether you can easily put a 7spd FW on the American Classic wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    well the only issue I see is wether you can easily put a 7spd FW on the American Classic wheel.
    A valid point, but I'm running 6 spd sis with no plans to change, so I don't think it's an issue.

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    Wouldn't most, if not all 6/7 speed FWs have the same overall hub face to DO clearance requirements, so it pretty much occupy the same space as a regular 6 speed FW that uses 126mm DO spacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
    Wouldn't most, if not all 6/7 speed FWs have the same overall hub face to DO clearance requirements, so it pretty much occupy the same space as a regular 6 speed FW that uses 126mm DO spacing.

    Chombi
    I know that's how it's supposed to work, but I have a 6 on there now and it pretty well fills the space. Anyway, like I said, I'm satisfied with 6 given I'm stuck in the flatlands.

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