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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-07-08, 01:26 PM   #1
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fixed gear wheelset on ebay, anyone have an opinion?

I'm putting together a fixed gear from an old Raleigh frame and I came across this wheelset on ebay:



Has anyone tried these wheels or know if they are any good? the price seems good, but that might be a bad sign.
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Old 07-07-08, 04:07 PM   #2
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forgot to post the link, sorry

here's the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=170236582294
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Old 07-07-08, 04:09 PM   #3
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CL has good wheelsets in the NYC area.
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Old 07-07-08, 04:15 PM   #4
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I'm no expert, but a big point of concern I noticed is the following:

"Note: Tires are inflated and fixed gear lock ring is hand tight."

If you're going to run on the fixed side, PLEASE make sure you have someone with the proper tool tighten the lock ring first. Riding a "hand tight" lock ring in the street is a recipe for extensive reconstructive dental work if you ever apply any significant back pressure.

Can't quite make out what type of rims those are, either. Honestly, since they're already around 105 shipped I'd just look at forking over the extra 30 - 50 dollars for something a little better. i.e., better rims, double butted spokes, etc.
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(before anyone tries to argue the point about the hand tight lockring, at the very least you'll experience cog slippage and possibly strip threads.)

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Old 07-07-08, 04:17 PM   #6
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Hmmm those wheels and those croslake bikes just popped up a month ago. they are the cheapest wheels and "track" bikes on eBay. I would spend a little more for a name brand myself. Unless it's for a rain bike or a beater...
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