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    How would these wheels look on my bike?

    I'm trying to convert an old Motobecane, which is my first. I'm on a budget, and this wheelset looks pretty good for the price. However the hubs and spokes are black, and I'm not sure if that will look too good, as I have no black in my color scheme. Also I'm thinking about going with white rims. Let me know if they would look nice, or if I should try to stick with non painted hub and spokes. Here is my bike so far:



    And here are the wheels, Eighthinch Amelia:


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    how much is "pretty good price"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeee View Post
    how much is "pretty good price"
    they are 99.50
    http://www.cyclingcloseouts.com/Prod...ia_wheels.aspx

    It says closeout, so that might mean they are being discontinued or something.

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    I wouldn't. stick with silver spokes imo

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    closeout is usually just marketing bs on these sites. I agree I think silver spokes will look more classy

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    they would look bomb as ****, i have a similar set on my motobecane mirage.

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    looks are totally everything mang.

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    Get those fake b43 wheels. you get tires and tubes and cogs and everything for about the same price! and they are like mad deep rims! You'd be as pimped out as the Pope!

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    Personally, I'd probably save the money and buy a frame that fit better. Looks like it's a little big for you judging by the seatpost.....correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Silver rims and spokes on that bike, anything else will look garish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brig View Post
    Personally, I'd probably save the money and buy a frame that fit better. Looks like it's a little big for you judging by the seatpost.....correct me if I'm wrong.
    You are a good judge of seat posts. The frame is slightly too large. When I bought it online the guy said it was a 58cm, but I measure it as 61-63 (measured with the crank arm on and not sure if the tape was straight)

    However it actually fits well enough to ride comfortable. my feet are flat on the ground during stand over without crushing my manhood, although I could use a half inch or so extra space just to be more comfortable. So yeah, that's been a dilemma, I like the frame and it seems to fit well enough, but at the same time I could use a real 58cm. Just hate to go though buying all over again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radatad View Post
    they would look bomb as ****, i have a similar set on my motobecane mirage.
    Like most others posting here, I think silver/non-painted would look best, but I'm still curious about the black. Do you or anyone else have photos of a similar bike with black hub and spokes?

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    Sun M13s would look great on that bike. VeloMine has them laced to Formulas for $125.

    http://www.velomine.com/store/index....roducts_id=340

    They've also got them in 27" for $130

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    dude, definitely hold out on upgrading until a better sized frame comes by. it'll come eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtgotsjets View Post
    dude, definitely hold out on upgrading until a better sized frame comes by. it'll come eventually.
    I'm certainly on the look out for a better fitting frame, but I'm not sure I'll wait on that before I get wheels. I still need to turn it into a fixie and therefore will need wheels anyway. So if I can find some affordable wheels now I will get them, and then once I find a better frame I'll swap it.

    And yes, I'm pretty much going to forget about the black hub and spokes, it just won't look right. So if anyone else has some more wheel suggestions, hopefully in the $99-140 range, that would be awesome. Also if it's possible to get a complete set tubes,tires, cog and lockring, that would be ideal, otherwise I'd have to spend even more to get those items separate.

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    I'm looking to sell my stock Kilo wheelset, complete with cog and lockring (and possibly tires). PM me if you're interested.

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    You are a good judge of seat posts. The frame is slightly too large.
    dude, your seat is lower than your stem. that automatically sets off the alarms. there's not even any judging needed, cyclists just see that and flinch out of reflex.

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    Actually old school frames were designed to show much less post than modern frame. Really only a small amount more then you currently have showing. The height of the stem in relation to the saddle doesn't mean anything. Some people like to ride with the stem much higher than their seat. The saddle to bar drop of most fixed gear riders has more to do with look than function imho.

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    Thanks for defending my post to stem ratio, lol. It fits me more than well enough to ride comfortably, but in the future I will be looking out for a slightly smaller frame.

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    I just bought the same wheelset off ebay...does anyone know if they're any good?

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    it should be fine. Just make sure the wheels trued properly
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris024 View Post
    I just bought the same wheelset off ebay...does anyone know if they're any good?
    There's a thread about them a few pages back.

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    Ahh I see it, thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhaber View Post
    Actually old school frames were designed to show much less post than modern frame. Really only a small amount more then you currently have showing. The height of the stem in relation to the saddle doesn't mean anything. Some people like to ride with the stem much higher than their seat. The saddle to bar drop of most fixed gear riders has more to do with look than function imho.
    Even using the "fistfull of handpost"criteria it still looks a little big.
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