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Old 08-05-14, 07:57 AM   #1
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Looking for a more "classic" wheel...

Hey guys,
I recently picked up a Masi Uno and I really, really love the bike, but the wheels that are on it (while nice) aren't really my style. They're Maddux track wheels from a Bianchi Pista Sei Giorni and they run fine, but I'd really like something a little more "classic" in design. I really like the styling of the bike and I think a matte finish or satin silver wheel would look really nice. The Maddux wheels are kind of a deep track style which look a little out of place on my Masi, in my opinion.

Could you guys recommend a wheelset for me? Maybe something in the $225 or under range? I don't think I can afford a custom-built wheel. If it helps, I'm running 700x25 Gatorskins (the streets here suck) and I'd like to keep rolling those for now as they're brand new. I'm using a front brake only so a non-machined rear would be okay if it comes in a set. The purists will flame me, but I run freewheel a bit so I'd want a flip-flop hub so I can be lazy when I'm riding to the farmer's market with my wife or whatever.

I've seen the Vuelta stuff from Bike Island. I actually had a set of Gold Deep V Vuelta's on a Lime Green Royce Union that I converted a loooooong time ago (sounds ugly and hipsterish doesn't it? ) and they seemed to be decent wheels for the money, but they were a $120 eBay find and I wasn't sure if there was something better out there for my money in a more traditional profile.

Thanks in advance for any help or considerations.

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Those look just about perfect for my application. Do you have any experience with this particular wheel?
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Those look just about perfect for my application. Do you have any experience with this particular wheel?
Yes, I have a set on my latest build, using a 2014 chrome Soma Rush frameset with a threaded headset and quill stem. I think it looks fabulous and the wheels are very high quality.
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I got a set 2 months ago and I can confirm all the above^
Best paired with skinwall tires IMHO

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Yes, I have a set on my latest build, using a 2014 chrome Soma Rush frameset with a threaded headset and quill stem. I think it looks fabulous and the wheels are very high quality.
Thank you for the reply! Definitely very helpful. I'm expecting a bonus at work here in the next couple of weeks and will most likely be putting it to some wheels. These look like just the ticket for a high quality classic look.
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i like that velo orange build. i went with tb14s on polished paul hubs. looks really sharp
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I got a set 2 months ago and I can confirm all the above^
Best paired with skinwall tires IMHO

Thanks so much Leukybear! Glad to hear some more input on these guys!

I agree that I think they'd look really sharp with a gumwall tire. I was thinking of running the Gatorskins a while longer since they're so new, but I may just keep my old wheelset assembled in case I ever want to switch back and go with some classic gumwalls on the new set. I figure there's not much of a market for used wheels, especially something like the Maddux wheels I have since they were never really available for sale individually as far as I can tell. I figured I'm just better of keeping them.

While we're on it, though, do you have a recommendation for a nice, classic gumwall tire to go with them?

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Those Velo Orange wheels do look great...

But if you have any budget constraints, depending whether you want narrow rim or something a little wider, Velomine's Sun M13 or CR18 to Formula hubs wheelsets for only about $120 are awfully hard to beat for the money.
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That was exactly what I was going to show you.
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Those Velo Orange wheels do look great...

But if you have any budget constraints, depending whether you want narrow rim or something a little wider, Velomine's Sun M13 or CR18 to Formula hubs wheelsets for only about $120 are awfully hard to beat for the money.
I saw those, but thought it must be too good to be true... I'm not opposed to the cheaper wheels, I just couldn't really find much in the way of reviews.
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Do you care if the rim gets marked up from brake pads?
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Do you care if the rim gets marked up from brake pads?
Nah... Not so much. That's why I was thinking a satin finish wheel might be okay as it might help to hide brake marks.
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wasn't a srs question.... but glad to see you dont care.
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wasn't a srs question.... but glad to see you dont care.
Oh... I see. Makin' fun of the guy with a brake, huh?
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I keed, I keed. Also I ride w brakes too unless im cruisin a block or 2 down the road for groceries or beer, got a bike 4 dat.
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I keed, I keed. Also I ride w brakes too unless im cruisin a block or 2 down the road for groceries or beer, got a bike 4 dat.
Haha! I gotcha man. I knew you were just giving me a hard time about the brakes. Somebody had to do it.
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Those Velo Orange wheels do look great...

But if you have any budget constraints, depending whether you want narrow rim or something a little wider, Velomine's Sun M13 or CR18 to Formula hubs wheelsets for only about $120 are awfully hard to beat for the money.

The CR18/Formula combo. is nice. Weinmann has some nice vintage rims, too. check harriscyclery.com

Mavic Open Sport rims will also work.
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The more I ride a bike, the less I care what it looks like and the more I care about how well it functions...you might just want to hold off on buying new wheels as you consider whether to not swapping one cheap wheelset for another is worthwhile, especially since your OP indicates you don't really have the money.
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The more I ride a bike, the less I care what it looks like and the more I care about how well it functions...you might just want to hold off on buying new wheels as you consider whether to not swapping one cheap wheelset for another is worthwhile, especially since your OP indicates you don't really have the money.
I'm in no hurry for them. I was just kind of hoping for some feedback on good vintage-inspired rims with a lower profile (i.e., not deep V). I'm fine with my rims as-is for now, but I'm sure I'll change them at some point when money/time allows. I've just been out of the SS/FG loop for a few years so I wanted to feel out some options.

I appreciate your advice. I think I'll take it and just enjoy the bike for a bit.
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I'm in no hurry for them. I was just kind of hoping for some feedback on good vintage-inspired rims with a lower profile (i.e., not deep V). I'm fine with my rims as-is for now, but I'm sure I'll change them at some point when money/time allows. I've just been out of the SS/FG loop for a few years so I wanted to feel out some options.

I appreciate your advice. I think I'll take it and just enjoy the bike for a bit.
Double check me, but I think that VO wheelset (pretty with the eyelets and polished) is fixed only.

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Double check me, but I think that VO wheelset (pretty with the eyelets and polished) is fixed only.
You can install a single speed freewheel on fixed threads.
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