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Old 12-17-11, 01:42 PM   #1
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SSCX wheelset

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I have never built up a SS wheel, nor do I want to buy the parts and have one hand-built at this time. This wheel will be used for simple group racing, not anything sanctioned or special - just a local group get together every week.

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I am trying to find a set of SSCX wheels and have been searching through the archives of BF history to find more information on proper conversions for freewheel rear wheels.

I'm not having a whole lot of luck finding the information I'm actually looking for.
So my question, at this point is, can something like a Williams 30X be converted to SS with a conversion kit without compromising the drive train itself? Or is that still on par with the poor man's fix to SS?

Is this better ultimately? Or am I doing this all wrong?
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Old 12-19-11, 12:08 AM   #2
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I raced this season on a pair of IRO wheels, build up by their shop. I threw 'em on my stand and tensioned them a little higher than they started out because I'm a big dude; but other than that tweak I've barely needed to touch them all season. And seriously, I brutalized these wheels. Like, foot through the spokes during a pile-up kinda brutalized.
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Old 12-19-11, 09:39 AM   #3
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The best bet is to use a cassette wheel converted to a singlespeed by using one cog and a bunch of spacers. The first conversion kit will work but seems a little expensive for what it is. Getting a stack of spacers fron your lbs will be cheaper. You can use any shimano splined cog from a multispeed cassette or buy a singlespeed-specific cassette cog. The singlespeed cog is the better option because it won't have the ramps that multispeed ones do. The surly fixxer is not what you want unless you're planning to run a fixed gear.
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Old 12-19-11, 09:19 PM   #4
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I ran the set of Alex Sub30s that came with my Mercier. They needed to be trued and tensioned but were great given the abuse.
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ok then...

will 35c cx tires work on sun m13 rims for off-road riding?

or should i stick with the sun cr18s?
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From what I found, the M13 is a pretty standard dimension narrow road rim on par with the like of an Open Pro or similar. You can use a 35mm tire on those without much worry, IMO. I have a pair of IRO Cold Fusions (similar width to the M13) and I've had up to a 38mm on there; although the 38 feels "squishy" at the sidewalls when cornering.
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IMHO build up a flip flop double freewheel hub , or any freewheel hub.
with a single freewheel..
rather than a converted cassette wheel , balanced spoke tension,
will make a stronger wheel - dishless is good - ..
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