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    Best Fixed Wheelset under $200

    Hi - I'm putting together a fixed gear project, and can alot about $200 for the wheelset. What's the best that I can do? I've seen some on ebay for as low as $129, but that seems suspiciously low.

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    formula hubs to either the sun m18II or whatever or the mavic cxp22's, or is it 33?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronHu
    Hi - I'm putting together a fixed gear project, and can alot about $200 for the wheelset. What's the best that I can do? I've seen some on ebay for as low as $129, but that seems suspiciously low.

    Help!

    thanks,

    Cameron
    don't forget about the cost for cog, lockring and freewheel on the other side...although the freewheel is optional or might not be relevant depending on what kind of wheel you get. seems like iro is the safest route for decent/inexpensive wheels.

    edit: ben's cycles also seems like a good place. my next wheelset are definitely going to be handbuilt vs machine built.

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    something good, used

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    All the rest are just variations on this, for more money. Do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    All the rest are just variations on this, for more money. Do it.
    Every few months I see this link and I think to myself "Holy crap. I HAVE to pick me up a set of these, at least for a spare" and I never do.

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    Hi everyone -

    Thanks for responding. Those formula/mavic wheels look geat, and I'll probably order them. Just curious, is there any real difference between those, and these Iro wheels, which are just a bit more?

    http://www.irocycle.com/wheels.html

    Thanks again!

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    http://www.bikepartsusa.com

    click wheels then track, sun M13 II's laced to formula hubs, $135 and change plus shipping---you can save a bit more by getting just the rear and ordering an el cheapo front laced to a shimano hub from bikepartsusa.com for about $35(see their 700c sized wheels) bringing the total shipped to your door in at around $135

    chucksbikes.com has the mavic's laced to formula hubs for about $165 plus shipping
    Last edited by pedex; 09-25-06 at 05:08 PM.

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    i've owned both. the hubs are identical, except the iro's have an iro logo on them. i like velocity aerohead rims better than the mavic cxp22's. . . you can get them non-machined and in colors (if you're into that), and they just look higher quality. the cross section is similar, but on my cxp's, the seam in the weld on the rim didn't seem as clean. i never had a problem with either set, and i still have the iro's, going on 2 yrs now.

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    This is all very useful; at this level is there a significant difference between machine and handbuilt rims?

    thanks,

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    Another vote for the Mavic CXP22

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronHu
    This is all very useful; at this level is there a significant difference between machine and handbuilt rims?

    thanks,

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    nope

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    I should add that I add that I ride pretty exclusively in an urban area with terrible roads. Any consideration of durability? or are the mavics still good for that, too?

    Thanks,

    Cameron
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    light, strong, cheap

    pick any two

    for $135 you get strong and cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedex
    nope
    yeah there really is. handbuilt wheel are ALWAYS better. without question. half the wheels on bikes that come from the manufaturer are no good with NO spoke tension. As long as you get a good builder, i would get handbuilt ever time. or if you go the machine route, at least got them checked over by a good wrench.

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    ^^^never had a problem, even with el cheapo wheel sets this kid is talking about getting, and it doesnt take long to check the wheels out before installing them and riding away, I'd recommend that to anybody, never know what some nose picker did when building your wheels

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    i believe the iro comes with a longer axle if that is important to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedex
    ^^^never had a problem, even with el cheapo wheel sets this kid is talking about getting, and it doesnt take long to check the wheels out before installing them and riding away, I'd recommend that to anybody, never know what some nose picker did when building your wheels
    completly true. im not an expert, but ive just had ****ty experiences with machine built wheels. plus, unless this guy has experience building wheels or truing them, than he'll need to get them looked at, which could cost him some money. im just saying that he might as well go all out and get them built. im in winnipeg, builds round here go for about 35$, and truing for maby 20. it'll be cheaper machine-built, but cmon over time hand built will stay in true for longer and be more reliable. a little off topic but a roadie i know was useing a set of really nice American Classic machine-builts at a race, the guy works at a shop andm knows his stuff, and all of a sudden the thing collapses and ALL the spokes break, he goes down hard.

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    I'm building another conversion...and at the moment this is the wheelset I'm probably going to use for the build...the only positive I could throw towards IRO is you could get a fixed/fixed rear hub...if you want to wait till mid Oct. for shipping....and pay more $.

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    has anyone here ridden these wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnydelnegro
    has anyone here ridden these wheels?
    I've been riding them for a couple months now ~100 miles a week commuting and just goofing off, and they're still true. I've had zero problems with them. They came nice and tight and I think they look good. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong.
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    My friend just got them today and they seem great as far as tension and build goes.

    Trons - the cxp ones come with the longer axle also.

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    Okay, I've ordered a pair. I'll let you know how they work out.

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    Just bought a set of IRO's from Tony and def recommend making the purchase through him. Great product, great service, can't beat it

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