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Old 09-25-11, 10:50 AM   #1
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Brompton Eazy wheel alternatives?

Other than Brompton's own rather expensive Eazy wheels, are there less expensive but equally good alternatives? Seems nuts to spend $25-30 plus shipping for a pair of these.
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Old 09-25-11, 11:03 AM   #2
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They aren't cheap but I've found them hard wearing and very effective. They also light give good clearance to avoid heel kick that thicker ones can cause close to where you pedal. Skate wheels with proper screw mods can work but you have to get the measurements right, around 72-76mm would do. See:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n+skate+wheels

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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n+skate+wheels

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Old 09-25-11, 11:21 AM   #3
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NB: the ones that go in the frame need to have a 6mm ID bearing,
because that is the Bolt that holds the rollers on, size.

Rear of the rack, if you have one, is a 5mm ID bearing. and bolt.
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Old 09-25-11, 11:49 AM   #4
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mulleady, thanks. I don't really need to roll the bike around so much as the stock factory rollers are rather wide and I tend to wear low trail hikers when cycling. I noticed on NYCE's video about them that they appeared much narrower which would be a good thing. Probably a bit more stable too.
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eazy wheels are the best. rollerblade wheels are too fat from my experience, you can put a pair on the rack but for the other two, you will be better off with ez wheels.
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Old 09-25-11, 01:30 PM   #6
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eazy wheels are the best. rollerblade wheels are too fat from my experience, you can put a pair on the rack but for the other two, you will be better off with ez wheels.
+1

I changed from good inline skate rollers to the custom Eazy wheels and no regrets!
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I've got a rack and have just put on 2 80mm indoor hockey wheels on the frame section. They roll much better than Easy/EZ/Eazy/whateverthey'recalled wheels which matters to me as I use the bike as a shopping trolley a lot. They weigh far too much though.
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Old 09-26-11, 08:25 AM   #8
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Mine's an L so no rack. I might just spring for the Eazy wheels as inline/rollerblading wheels were not really any cheaper.
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I've been using inline skate wheels for some time now and they work well, better than the stock casters. you can find them for real cheap on ebay, since you are not skating you can cheat by using cheaper ones. I haven't tried the ezy wheels so I can't offer a good comparison.
Also this seems to be an interesting option as well. But they seem expensive.
http://brompfication.com/20-roller-wheels.html
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Just got hold of a Brompton and wanted to try (some old) scooter wheels before buying something. After reading about it I remowed one bearring and stuck them on. going to town today one twisted loose so the bike could not stand properly at all. I need to get this right to enjoy the bike and also it is getting a lot of atention so if I tell them "this shoul work if only.." it might put them off folding bikes..

I think i am going to put a rack and the ez wheels on in the near future. I tend to modify everything I get my hands on but with this bike I tend to think that they already did such a great job so why try to make it better? (apart from the gearing of course, I modifyed the gearing already and may go for the SA 8 speed in the future).
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