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Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Well, unless you buy a rim with the same exact profile, your spokes will be too short or too long. Plus, they're almost 8 or 9 years old. They're trash! Any respectable bike shop will NOT rebuild them for you. They'll suggest the same thing. But, if the hub is a nice one (doubt it if the bike was $275 complete) they'll rebuild it.
Seriously, unless you want a crap wheel, you're gonna have to shell out $75-$100. for a new rim, splokes, and labor. That is, unless you have all the tools and experience needed to rebuild a wheel.
Listen, you paid $275 8 years ago. You've gotten your money out of the bike. Invest in some cheap wheels like these:http://pricepoint.com/product401.html
You can get some even cheaper, like the Deore hubs or the LX hubs. Actually, for your bike get these:http://pricepoint.com/product744.html
$69 plus shipping!
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