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Old 10-18-10, 04:34 PM   #1
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Wheelset Opinions

Hi, I'm doing a semi cheap fixie converstion from an old Miele. I was wondering if this wheelset look ok for the price?

http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...0052_517441_-1

I'll be using the bike for commuting on city roads. What should I take into consideration?

Thanks
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Old 10-18-10, 04:39 PM   #2
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For <$150, you can get a nice low profile Sun/Velocity rim from velomine. That'll probably look much better on your Miele.
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Old 10-18-10, 04:44 PM   #3
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Precisely what Sunny said.

$125 Sun M13 on VeloMine.
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Old 10-18-10, 04:48 PM   #4
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Thanks, I think I may do that then.

The wheel width seems a fair bit smaller? What kind of affect does it have?

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The M13's are actually .5mm wider than the Vuelta.
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1618

Narrower rims are more flexible with different tire sizes, you can read more on Sheldon's articles about tires.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
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Old 10-18-10, 08:46 PM   #6
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Hm, Sorry to steal the thread but what are your guys' opinion on the Miche Pistard wheelset?
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Old 10-18-10, 10:01 PM   #7
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Very nice hubs, pretty good rims for racing, terrible for commuting or urban riding.
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I'm looking for a wheelset to put on a heavy older schwinn. Made for 27x1.25 wheels. I want to go with 700 for the new wheels.

They'll be used mostly for commuting but also some longer rides. Baltimore streets are awful so I'll take on a little extra weight for durability.

I want to keep it under $200. I shy away from the m13s because they don't say who built the hubs... I'm new to bicycle stuff, I'm thinking of getting the weinmann dp 18 rims with the formula fixed/fixed hub... Mostly because harris cyclery stocks a similar set for $70 more.

With my heavy frame and sometimes loaded rack, should I look for a 36 spoke rim over a 32?
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Old 10-18-10, 10:41 PM   #9
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I'd get those M13 for $125...36 holes...3 cross, it will be a set of really solid wheels.

FWIW, those hubs on the M13 are Formula as well.
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I'd get those M13 for $125...36 holes...3 cross, it will be a set of really solid wheels.

FWIW, those hubs on the M13 are Formula as well.
Scrod got me hooked on getting DP18's but you're kinda getting me withthose M13's..

Is there any reason why I would choose those over the 100 dollar dp18's?
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scrod has both m13s and dp18s actually.

loves both.
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scrod has both m13s and dp18s actually.

loves both.
Well I mean the way he told me about them is what I meant lol.
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Scrod got me hooked on getting DP18's but you're kinda getting me withthose M13's..

Is there any reason why I would choose those over the 100 dollar dp18's?
It's just more or less personal preferences.

My favourite "aero" rim would be Kinlin XR-300 and my absolutely favourite box-section rims are Ambrosio 19 Extra Super Elite. I really really really regret that I sold them..
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My weight fluctuates (during the seasons) from about 155 to 180.. Now I'm not very worried about weight, I doubt I'd even notice it on my kilo. But these two rims are probably what I'm deciding on since scrod kinda talked me outta the B43.

What I'm really worried about is that the roads I ride on, the routes that I take, it's not the best. The way I commute has a lot of bumps, cracks, and just typically crap roads. I do take my bike everywhere though, I just want to know the main differences between the two for my purposes and weight. Do you think M13's would be perfectly fine or I should stay with heavier rims for the roads and my weight..
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Any thoughts on the Mavic CXP 22, guys?

About the same price at $130.
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I've heard people say mixed things about that, but good things about the CXP 33. Never seen or heard much about them.
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My weight fluctuates (during the seasons) from about 155 to 180.. Now I'm not very worried about weight, I doubt I'd even notice it on my kilo. But these two rims are probably what I'm deciding on since scrod kinda talked me outta the B43.

What I'm really worried about is that the roads I ride on, the routes that I take, it's not the best. The way I commute has a lot of bumps, cracks, and just typically crap roads. I do take my bike everywhere though, I just want to know the main differences between the two for my purposes and weight. Do you think M13's would be perfectly fine or I should stay with heavier rims for the roads and my weight..
I wouldn't exactly say you need heavier rims, I'd say you need a set of sturdy built wheels with a high spoke count, such as the M13. I'm not sure if Scrod has 32h M13 or the 36h, either way, he's a big dude and it is holding it up for him.

Just my .2 cents.
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I wouldn't exactly say you need heavier rims, I'd say you need a set of sturdy built wheels with a high spoke count, such as the M13. I'm not sure if Scrod has 32h M13 or the 36h, either way, he's a big dude and it is holding it up for him.

Just my .2 cents.
I actually never thought of that. He does ride M13's also lol.

I guess all that's left is to really just imagine what they would look like on my bike and go from there. Thanks dude.
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Scrod rides a unicycle.
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Any thoughts on the Mavic CXP 22, guys?

About the same price at $130.
i have never bought from that website
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Ok seriously.

This thread is way over analyzing the differences between sub $150 wheelsets. At that price point, there just isn't that much of a difference. Find some wheels, take them to your LBS for proper tensioning and ride the **** out of them. Put grease in occasionally.

A well-built/tensioned wheel will last forever as long as you service the hub often enough. You're clearly not racing and I'm willing to bet you don't abuse you bike nearly as much as you think you do, so stop agonizing and just buy the damn wheels.


ETA: oh yeah and make sure they look totally *****in
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Scrod rides a unicycle.
Yup, with a 36h Sun M13 on it.

calv - if you're thinking that M13s won't be tough enough for you because of your weight, think again...especially if you buy a properly built/tensioned set from Velomine.

I happen to dig my DP18s too but there's something about a polished box-section rim that makes my guts go gooey.
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Thanks guys. Sounds like the difference between the M13 and DP18s is minor price and aesthetics.

Good to know they're all built around formulas.

My local bike collective (LBC?) is doing a workshop on wheel truing next week so hopefully I can figure out how to tune them myself.
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Yeah, the rims at that price range will be similar. Make sure you get some good formula hubs, and not some crap like came on my bike.
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Very nice hubs, pretty good rims for racing, terrible for commuting or urban riding.
Never heard that before. What is wrong with the Pistard for commuting (beside the name)?
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