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Old 05-06-10, 04:10 PM   #1
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Help choosing some upgrades for my Windsor Clockwork

I've had my Clockwork for about 6 months now, and it's time for me to do some upgrades, since things are getting a little whacky.

First, I've been having problems with my rear spokes, as they have been starting to break at an alarming rate. Had one spoke break, chalked it up to the wheel being severely out of true, and got it replaced at my LBS. One week later, and I have another rear spoke break. So now I'm considering just buying some wheels. I'm wanting some Deep V's, but I can't decide between the Weinmann's or the Velocity's, as the Weinmann's look so similar and are so much cheaper.

Next, I'm wanting to change out the entire drive train. I was thinking about going with some Sugino RD2's but I've seen some people complaining about chainline problems. Since the noise is the main reason I'm changing drive trains, I'd like to get something that's going to be nice and quiet. I also have practically no idea what I need to do about the BB. Any suggestions here would help.

Last, I'm looking to replace my stem and handlebars. The stem is going to be an issue, I believe. I want to go with a quill stem, possibly a nitto dynamic or pearl (i'm afraid the technomic would be too large). The problem is that all the nitto's I can find are for a 1" headset. The Clockwork comes with a 1.125" threadless headset. I'm pretty much a noob on conversions, so I have no idea how to solve that problem.

Any help on these issues would be great. Thanks!
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Old 05-06-10, 07:28 PM   #2
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Don't buy a new wheel just because spokes are snapping on you...your spoke tension is probably extremely low which is why spokes are snapping, take it to your LBS and let them fix it for you. Your wheel will keep on going out of true and snapping spokes like twiggs. Drive train noise most likely comes from the chain, which is not necessary a bad thing. You can not shove a quill stem into a threadless headset/fork...
But if you are really looking to blow some money on stuff well...3T Mutant stem has the quill stem look, If you want a set of wheels that's profiled, try the Vuelta Pista Track Wheels, only at about ~155 dollars.

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Old 05-06-10, 08:35 PM   #3
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Or you could get a set of DP18/Formulas from Velo Mine for 130 bucks.

http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...je3k85e73ja366
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Or you could just go to your LBS to have your spokes correctly tensioned.
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Or you could just continue posting about it on the internet and listen to us ******** tell you what you theoretically could do.
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