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Old 05-24-05, 11:46 AM   #1
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good price/LBS for a rear fixed wheel?

My knees are screaming in protest as I type this but I have a beater bike that is basically a back wheel away from a return to the heady days of my fixie past......Once that frankenstein urge hits it's hard to quell.

it's rather a p.o.s. frame so I don't need velodromisms. Just something round & true.....alloy would be luvley and I'd prefer 36 spoke & up as I am no gentle giant.

Ideally I would love a flip flop but am I right in guessing this would add substantially to price?

I was wondering what shops do decent fixie wheels cheap or if anyone has a decent old wheel they'd like to sell.

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Old 05-24-05, 12:02 PM   #2
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you can get one for like $100 it will be a suzue jr. to a alex dr 13. not the best but it is a flip flop and will get the job done.
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My Suzue SIL-SP --> Sun M13II was like $58 from my not so local LBS (and they had it the very next day) sans tire, tube, rim tape, cog or lockring. With everything it came to about $80-90, if I remember correctly. He even tensioned it properly before I left the shop. If I had known I'd like it so much, I'd probably have bought a better wheel.
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My Suzue SIL-SP --> Sun M13II was like $58 from my not so local LBS (and they had it the very next day) sans tire, tube, rim tape, cog or lockring. With everything it came to about $80-90, if I remember correctly. He even tensioned it properly before I left the shop. If I had known I'd like it so much, I'd probably have bought a better wheel.

Not bad! U can prolly add a bit due to the NYC markup factor but I could live with that. I'd want the most essential, stripped down thing because the frame is heavy anyway and it'd be out on the street a lot (neighborhood/bar bike/commuter/lender etc etc).
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"Have you considered building your own? Try Sheldon's wheel building page... it is easier than it looks. I picked up a Nashbar hub on sale for next to nothing, a rim from ebay, and spokes from the LBS- and built a much better wheel than the Suzue basics hanging from the shop ceiling- for less money."

Filtersweep, I have built up wheels before but I mucked up rear wheels pretty bad. Even with the no-dosh thing I'd be a bit worried; my mech skills are mediocre at best!
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as are my typing skills!

I meant no-DISH, sorry.....
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Check out the IRO rear wheel for $105, and tony is in staten island.

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for price of hub & rim & spokes... might as well get it well-built from IRO... 100$ + 3$ tube + discount 10$ tire = winner
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I know for a fact it was $58 or $59, but the cheapest that I've seen the same wheel new online was for $80... If that were the case (and maybe even so...) I'd go with the IRO deal. I can't complain about the Suzue, though, it ended up lasting several thousand miles so far.
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Tony is a great guy. Even when his kid is hollerin' in the background
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those look nice for the money. Do you feel the 32h is good for me? I'm about 210-215lbs. Hope to be shedding weight but for now, that's a whole lotta me.
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I got a full set of the stock wheels off a Fuji Track (Formula hubs/Alex rims) w/ ties for $100 at my LBS. The deals pop up. Why don't you just go look?
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I got a full set of the stock wheels off a Fuji Track (Formula hubs/Alex rims) w/ ties for $100 at my LBS. The deals pop up. Why don't you just go look?

Sweet deal! I've been too busy to poke around the shops - just graduated so hopefully will have more time to treasure hunt now.
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I got a full set of the stock wheels off a Fuji Track (Formula hubs/Alex rims) w/ ties for $100 at my LBS. The deals pop up. Why don't you just go look?
What year were those stock? whatever came with my 04 was crap. I broke a spoke on the rear wheel, on average, every fourth ride after about 4 months. For some reason i just kept replacing it until early this month (1 year after buying the bike) when i replaced them
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At your weight you might want to go with a 36 hole set. Call Tony and ask him about one.
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