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Old 03-16-09, 10:06 PM   #1
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Cheap wheels

My buddy is looking to buy a set of wheels that come with tires + cog for under $130 for a conversion. Preferably silver rims. Bike Island has 700c Vuelta TrackPro's for $130 shipped but its a bit much.

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=548
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Old 03-16-09, 10:36 PM   #2
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I have those wheels on my polo bike, I was surprised by how solid they are. I even worked on my polo bike for 3 months and didn't have any problems. I just change the bearings two weeks ago, after more than a year of use. Salt and snow destroyed them. Otherwise they would probably still be ok. It's probably the best cheapest wheelset you can get. Dp18 for exemple are a lot ****tier than those ones. They are not that light but solid. for sure.
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you can't see very well in that picture, but i believe these are black wheels. the silver is the machined braking surface.

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Size: 700C X 18MM clincher
Material 6061 T6 Aluminum
Type: Double Wall
Finish (Color): Matt Black
Braking Surface: CNC Machined Sides
i'm hoping to build up a conversion in the coming months and i think i will go for these because they're cheap and come with everything . you say that 130 is "a bit much", but i haven't seen any other fixed wheelsets for cheaper (let me know if they exist).
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Old 03-17-09, 08:24 AM   #4
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How about these?
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=5140

Has anyone used them? they are suspiciously cheap...
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Old 03-17-09, 08:31 AM   #5
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I think it's better to go with Formula hubs than generic high-flange. Ben's has good deals on some (though I wouldn't get that set). Also, I'm a fan of Mavic CXP22/Formulas, which can be purchased on several sites for $150.
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I caved in and bought myself a set of those Vuelta TrackPro's
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these are pretty solid, if you have the urge to run wider tires:
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=2576

im running the formula/cxp-22 combo, and other than one truing, they have been SOLID. i paid $145 shipped for them, and they came with free rimstrips and a cog/lockring.
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My buddy is looking to buy a set of wheels that come with tires + cog for under $130 for a conversion. Preferably silver rims. Bike Island has 700c Vuelta TrackPro's for $130 shipped but its a bit much.

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=548
How much under $130? That's a good deal for a complete wheelset with tires and everything. Keep an eye on Craigslist also. I picked up a brand new wheelset from a Kilo TT for $25 from a kid who couldn't wait to replace them with some deep V's that matched his grips. That was unusually low but there are plenty of sets out there for $60-100.
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