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Old 01-24-11, 04:01 PM   #1
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Is this a Clyde-friendly wheelset?

Someone posted a link to this company over in C&V in a different and un-clyde-related thread. Since I toasted my rims last season during club rides, I took a look and thought these might work well for my old Fuji. I'd like to get some Clyde feedback.

http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=739

I don't know a lot about spokes, but it seems pretty reasonably priced, when I consider what I woujld pay for rims, spokes & hubs if I were to buy them new and put them together myself. Now If I salvage hubs from another wheelset, it might be different, but I'm not sure my hubs are worth salvaging until I open them up.

Does anyone here have experience with this company and/or product?
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Someone posted a link to this company over in C&V in a different and un-clyde-related thread. Since I toasted my rims last season during club rides, I took a look and thought these might work well for my old Fuji. I'd like to get some Clyde feedback.

http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=739

I don't know a lot about spokes, but it seems pretty reasonably priced, when I consider what I woujld pay for rims, spokes & hubs if I were to buy them new and put them together myself. Now If I salvage hubs from another wheelset, it might be different, but I'm not sure my hubs are worth salvaging until I open them up.

Does anyone here have experience with this company and/or product?
They should be fine as long as you need a 27" wheel made for a freewheel.
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Yes, my Fuji currently uses a freewheel. i could upgrade it, but 10 speed friction shifting works well for me. I suppose I could even upgrade it to a 12-speed ;p
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Yes, my Fuji currently uses a freewheel. i could upgrade it, but 10 speed friction shifting works well for me. I suppose I could even upgrade it to a 12-speed ;p
You didn't mention if you needed a 27" wheel. Not wanting to assume anything, lest you get wrong advice, but you do know there is a difference between 27-inch and 700c wheels, correct?

Also, there is no such thing as a 12-speed wheel. The maximum number of cogs on any wheel now currently stands at 11 (for Campagnolo) or 10 (everyone else).
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Yes, you are correct, there is a difference between 27" wheels and 700c. My Fuji uses 27-inch, I have not converted it over to 700c and I don't think I will as this serves my purposes well enough. I'm pretty sure the Sun CR-18 is going to be the replacement rim I'll go with, but what I'm not sure of is the rest of the build.


My Fuji is currently a 10-speed--I did not say 10-speed wheel --with friction shifters, a double in the front and 5 in the back. I could upgrade it to a 6-cog freewheel, thus making the bike a 12-speed and get all fancy, but it's not necessary as I don't race and ride only for pleasure and exercise. I should be able to slip the 126mm wheel in the back without cold-setting the frame, it may be spaced at 126mm already, but I have not measured it.

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The wheels look excellent. The only problem you are likely to encounter is insufficient spoke tension or insufficient stress relief leading to tension dropping unacceptably low after a few miles of riding. This will tend to allow the wheel to go out of true more easily, or lead to broken spokes. Tension should be checked and spokes stress relieved by an experienced wheel builder before riding.

edit: Wow that is a huge bike. I'm guessing by the seat being all the way into the frame that you could probably fit more comfortably on a smaller frame.
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Yes, it's a 68cm frame, 64cm fits me better, but I came by this one inexpensively and it's been great to ride so I'm keeping it. When I stand over it, the bar is just touching my bones down thar, you don't want to slip forward on the saddle in a quick stop in this one. The nice thing about this frame is I don't need an extra long stem to compensate for my back pain. I like to ride in a more upright position as I get a little older, so the saddle and bars are level or the bars are a little higher than the saddle.

If I build wheels I'll have to set and re-check the tension after I ride them a bit, so I know it will be the same story if I purchase a wheelset already built. I suppose I could have monitored the spoke tension of my old rims, but I wasn't feeling the love for 25+year old steel rims.
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Someone posted a link to this company over in C&V in a different and un-clyde-related thread. Since I toasted my rims last season during club rides, I took a look and thought these might work well for my old Fuji. I'd like to get some Clyde feedback.

http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=739

I don't know a lot about spokes, but it seems pretty reasonably priced, when I consider what I woujld pay for rims, spokes & hubs if I were to buy them new and put them together myself. Now If I salvage hubs from another wheelset, it might be different, but I'm not sure my hubs are worth salvaging until I open them up.

Does anyone here have experience with this company and/or product?
No experience, what is interesting though, they make a big deal about the rims and spokes, but nary a mention of what the hubs are, that makes me wonder something, is there a reason why they don't mention the make and model of the hub?
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I purchased a campy chorus crankset from them in October. They were fine to work with, fedexed crank to me for free. I will purchase from them again.
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