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Old 02-26-06, 07:49 PM   #1
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Where can I find track wheels for cheap?

Does anyone want to know where I can get dependable track wheels for less than $100? I want to build a track bike for as cheap as possible, but still be safe and have a solid bike that I can depend on!!

I found a pair of new Weinmann, 700C track wheels for about $120. Is Weinmann a dependable brand? Is this a good deal?
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Old 02-26-06, 07:51 PM   #2
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A wheelset for under $100 that is still safe and solid?
I dunno if that's possible.

There was a thread earlier called "anybody need wheels" or something that linked to some site that had Formula/Mavic wheelset for $125 and that was a pretty sweet deal.

But, at $125, you'll still need $30 for cog and lockring.
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don't cheap out on wheels. you'll just end up spending more later.
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Old 02-26-06, 07:57 PM   #4
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it's true. i got a set of wheels for 70 and i thought i was soooo smart and then i hit one bump and the wheel bent like crazy. serious spend the extra 30 bucks
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I also wanna add that while that Formula/Mavic set is inexpensive, it is definitely a solid wheelset.
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spend the money on a decent rear wheel and pick up a cheapo used front road wheel to tide you over until you can afford to get a matching wheel.
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I also wanna add that while that Formula/Mavic set is inexpensive, it is definitely a solid wheelset.
double true.

also, don't cheap out on the cog and lockring or you'll be shopping for a new hub pretty damned quickly.

eai is your friend. dura ace is also your friend. those dudes are tight.
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Does anyone ahve experience with the miche cogs and carrier? I have heard of the cogs developing play after a while... does this mean replacing the cog? or carrier? or both?
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Does anyone ahve experience with the miche cogs and carrier? I have heard of the cogs developing play after a while... does this mean replacing the cog? or carrier? or both?
some folks (roscoe? and others) have used em with no problems. others have had problems. the deal with the cog and carrier is that it's meant for the track. street abuse is a little tougher, particularly when there's skidding/skipping involved. play is exponential-- tiny amount of play will wear away further, making more play. apparently, if there's play, putting a new cog on helps. i'd just be afraid of ****ing up the system and then not being able to get the carrier off of my hub...
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don't cheap out on wheels. you'll just end up spending more later.
+1

I thought about buying cheap hubs and rims to build my wheelset, but i knew that I would end up getting phils so I just bit the bullet and bought phils and deep-v's
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Weinmann have been around for a long time,
they were known for rims and brakes but I believe they stopped
producing brakes a while ago.
I've not seen any new weinmann rims/wheels other than BMX wheels.
I'd be more concerned about the hub than the rim.

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some folks (roscoe? and others) have used em with no problems. others have had problems. the deal with the cog and carrier is that it's meant for the track. street abuse is a little tougher, particularly when there's skidding/skipping involved. play is exponential-- tiny amount of play will wear away further, making more play. apparently, if there's play, putting a new cog on helps. i'd just be afraid of ****ing up the system and then not being able to get the carrier off of my hub...
how do you actually get the carrier on? are there lockring-like notches or something?
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^ use the cog + chainwhip
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ah... It seems like you would have a hard time making the cog stay on there while applying liberal amounts of force without the lockring to hold it all together.
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then use the lockring to hold it all together.
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HAH! Yeah... I guess if you thread the lockring on only partly, it will still prevent the cog from coming off the carrier.
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I build Suze hub / DT spoke / Sun rim flipflop wheelsets for cheap but I don't like shipping. If you are in CA and want to pick them up PM me.
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