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Old 10-09-10, 09:07 AM   #1
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Decent inexpensive wheelset?

My grandpa gave me an old Sears bike from like 1975-76 im trying to convert to single speed. Just wondering what are some decent inexpensive wheelsets preferably with a flip-flop rear hub. Not looking for anything fancy really just something to get me started to see if i enjoy single speed.
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You should do a search, but I think most of us will agree with Velomine
http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...x&cPath=87_172
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I don't think I paid that much for my Eighthinch Tessa wheels. I wanna say under $200. They've held up fine so far. You could also get a decent older set of wheels and use a Surly Fixxer if it has a Shimano freehub on it. Just another option.
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EighthInch brand "Amelia" Wheelset.These come with tubes and tires. They're pretty much ready to go. They have a flip flop hub and come in different colors.They're heavy and I don't know how reliable they are. $100.

http://www.cyclingcloseouts.com/Prod...ia_wheels.aspx

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That wheelset may be just fine but "recommending" something you have no experience with isn't good practice, regardless of what a screaming deal something seems to be.
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That wheelset may be just fine but "recommending" something you have no experience with isn't good practice, regardless of what a screaming deal something seems to be.
You're right but I made it obvious that I had no experience with them and that they might be crap. I was merely trying to give the OP another option.
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I actually just bought the Amelias for my conversion a couple weeks ago. I honestly don't have much to compare them to, but they seem reasonably true, and $100 for wheels, tubes, and tires shipped there's certainly nothing to complain about..... plus they come in purple
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i love my dp18/formula collabo.

not as cheap as an alex r450/formula collabo though. depends what you want the wheelset to do. you probably can't rely on any cheap wheelset to do a century/3 stair bunnyhop collabo, so just have reasonable expectations.

don't buy a wheel because of how deep its section is. that would be a style/stupidity collabo.
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I have a set of the eigthinch "amelias" they are just fine.cheap too
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How much do those weigh for the wheelset, about seven pounds?
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you probably can't rely on any cheap wheelset to do a century
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But adriano, a century ride is the most grueling test of wheelset quality and endurance ever conceived. To even attempt such a feat on anything less than Zipp 303's is begging for catastrophic failure.
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cheap wheelset? Just buy some DP18s off ebay or some **** like that. it's all the same **** who cares
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http://www.amazon.com/Weinmann-Origi.../dp/B003NXRM3E

Anything laced to Origin 8 hubs is pretty decent, they roll nicely and they're cheap.
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no.
don't misquote me. what i am saying is that you can't jump off a three foot ledge and expect cheap wheelsets to stay true. ride around on them without abusing them and they'll be fine.
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i've been running tec9's from ebay for about 6 months, they are holding up great, they stay true, but they're super heavy. htye come with duro 25's, but for some reason they put 27" tubes in the 700c's, it doesnt effect much, but its best to change it to a 700 anyway
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there's the vuelta zero lites on ebay for 99.95 with free shipping too
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I have experience with the amelias...haha.
they look good and thats about it.

ohh and theyre cheap.

the hubs that come on the amelias leave much to be desired, definitely not as smooth as formulas.
and they come with cheap tires/cogs
But $100 is a hard price to beat.

I will however, just put in a lil more money and buy a quality wheelset from velomine.
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There is a silver DP18/Formula set on sale at Velomine for $100. Go look in the great sale thread for the link.
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http://www.amazon.com/Weinmann-Origi.../dp/B003NXRM3E

Anything laced to Origin 8 hubs is pretty decent, they roll nicely and they're cheap.
Yeah, ANYTHING will do right? wrong.

origin8 hubs are stamped formulas.

Roll nicely? This is such a bland explination.

Formula hubs are good for the money. They seem to handle the abuse of everyday riding on chicago streets. For your average rider, the stock bearings will be just fine. Their are options for upgrading bearings if you have problems with them or wear them out and dont want to replace them with the same stock ones. Phil wood bearings are very nice quality, yet I have never used them in any of my builds.

I currently own 4 pairs of wheels using forumula hubs. As far as spokes go, you cant go wrong with DT swiss 2.0. I highly reccomend you do not skimp out on spoke quality, as it may come back and bite you in the ass.

There are a ton of options for rims. ANYTHING will not do. I wouldnt even run dp18's unless your on a tight budget. Sure they are okay, but they are not as nice in quality as what velocity(and other companies) offers. I have personal experience with velocity aeroheads, deep v's, and b43's. All of them are good for different things. Cant go wrong with deep v's, they are relatively light, very durable, and offer a deep profile. b43s are heaver, deeper, and stronger. the aeroheads are a ligher weight option, but wouldnt be as durable as the deep v's or b43's. Ive seen chukkers in person and from what Ive seen they would only be stronger than deep v's, but I have no hands on experience

To sum things up, their are many sellers on ebay who offer complete formula/DT 2.0/ deep v wheelsets for affordable prices. This would be your best bet, as they will hold up for a long time and can be used when you upgrade frames.
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you're so knowledgeable

and...ohhh you got away with this one..."they are relatively light"
shoot...im relatively light relative to a rhino
but i am relatively light actually...haha only 150lbs maybe i gained a few since college started.

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Yeah, ANYTHING will do right? wrong.

origin8 hubs are stamped formulas.

Roll nicely? This is such a bland explination.

Formula hubs are good for the money. They seem to handle the abuse of everyday riding on chicago streets. For your average rider, the stock bearings will be just fine. Their are options for upgrading bearings if you have problems with them or wear them out and dont want to replace them with the same stock ones. Phil wood bearings are very nice quality, yet I have never used them in any of my builds.

I currently own 4 pairs of wheels using forumula hubs. As far as spokes go, you cant go wrong with DT swiss 2.0. I highly reccomend you do not skimp out on spoke quality, as it may come back and bite you in the ass.

There are a ton of options for rims. ANYTHING will not do. I wouldnt even run dp18's unless your on a tight budget. Sure they are okay, but they are not as nice in quality as what velocity(and other companies) offers. I have personal experience with velocity aeroheads, deep v's, and b43's. All of them are good for different things. Cant go wrong with deep v's, they are relatively light, very durable, and offer a deep profile. b43s are heaver, deeper, and stronger. the aeroheads are a ligher weight option, but wouldnt be as durable as the deep v's or b43's. Ive seen chukkers in person and from what Ive seen they would only be stronger than deep v's, but I have no hands on experience

To sum things up, their are many sellers on ebay who offer complete formula/DT 2.0/ deep v wheelsets for affordable prices. This would be your best bet, as they will hold up for a long time and can be used when you upgrade frames.
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no kidding ive done a century on steel rigidas.people are to critical,also remember he is putting them on a sears frame
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