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Old 12-12-06, 02:07 PM   #1
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622 x 15c Wheel size, what is that?

I'm new to cycling and I don't understand wheel sizes. I'm looking to buy a pair of shimano wh-550 rims and apparently they are 622x15c wheels size. Is that the same as a 700c rim? Will I be able to use existing 700x23c tires on it?

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Are you asking for 600 or 622? I've not heard of 600 size, 622 is the ISO designation of the 700c size bead seat diameter.
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
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Yup. I've got 700x23 tyres on those exact rims.
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Are you asking for 600 or 622? I've not heard of 600 size, 622 is the ISO designation of the 700c size bead seat diameter.
Some reading.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
oops, 622. Thx.
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Yup. I've got 700x23 tyres on those exact rims.
Thx treefox. Are they decent rims for training on? I weigh about 195 lbs. What would be a good deal/price on a pair in great shape, with about 300 miles on them? thx.
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Thx treefox. Are they decent rims for training on? I weigh about 195 lbs. What would be a good deal/price on a pair in great shape, with about 300 miles on them? thx.
If you do a search for them here on BF, there are a lot of people not terribly happy with them - or at least the 550 wheelset - are these just 550 rims or the entire wheel? Lots of people have had problems with the wheels going out of true fairly quickly - which is to some extent happening to me too after 700 miles or so this autumn. This may be due to the factory spoke pattern on the rear wheel though. But I got a good price on them and they suit me for the level of racing that I do. They're not terribly stiff wheels though.

I'm maybe 80 kilos or so (don't actually know really) which I think comes out to like... what? 175 lbs?

Overall, I can't complain really. They're fine and the black ones look quite smart. The only major complaint I'd have is the cost of the spokes - like £3.50 each... I should be able to get a box of spokes for that. But if you're just getting the rims, I think I'd rate them as an unremarkable mid-low end aero rim that would suit winter training quite well.

I don't have any sense re: what just the rims would be worth...
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