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Old 05-13-15, 07:37 AM
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Replacing Rear Wheel

Hi all, I've got a 2014 Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra 6 (CAAD8 Tiagra 6 - CAAD8 - ELITE ROAD - ROAD - BIKES - 2015) and am looking to either get a cheap rear wheel to use on my trainer or make a slight upgrade from the Maddux RS 3.0 32-spoke stock wheels (i.e. something under $200). I'm hoping for any advice in this area, as my mech knowledge is very limited. I think I can take my current Tiagra cassette and use it on the trainer wheel and upgrade to 105 for my bike, is that accurate? Should I get a new chain if I do? Any problems going back to the Tiagra cassette when using the trainer wheel? I'm sure there are things I don't even know to consider. Thanks for any guidance!

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Originally Posted by bosyclist View Post
Hi all, I've got a 2014 Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra 6 (CAAD8 Tiagra 6 - CAAD8 - ELITE ROAD - ROAD - BIKES - 2015) and am looking to either get a cheap rear wheel to use on my trainer or make a slight upgrade from the Maddux RS 3.0 32-spoke stock wheels (i.e. something under $200). I'm hoping for any advice in this area, as my mech knowledge is very limited.
Looking for advice on what wheel to buy?
I think I can take my current Tiagra cassette and use it on the trainer wheel and upgrade to 105 for my bike, is that accurate?
You sure can. 5700 series 105 cassette at least (10 speed). I usually go for the 6700 Ultegra cassettes, they're not much more expensive and are better quality. Also they do a 12-30 cassette, which is good for getting my fatness up hills.

Should I get a new chain if I do?
Typically when replacing drive train items, it's suggested to replace the chain as well. If the chain is well worn (has a few thousand miles on it), then it's a good idea. If the chain is nearly new then there's probably no need. It doesn't hurt to replace it, that's for sure.

Any problems going back to the Tiagra cassette when using the trainer wheel?
Nah. I swap cassettes and wheels on my bike all the time. No problem.
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Old 05-13-15, 08:00 AM
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If you will be swapping the cassette frequently, just buy a cheaper, dedicated cassette for the trainer.
Cassette changes are pretty easy, but it gets to be a bit of a pain doing it on a "regular" basis.

For a trainer wheel, I'd look for-
A good hub. Doesn't have to be top tier, but stay away from the cheapest.
Cheaper rim of the proper width.
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Thanks Bill and dr_lha. I was contemplating leaving the original Tiagra cassette on the trainer wheel and getting a new 105 cassette for the "outdoor" wheel so I wouldn't have to replace it every time.
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Expect to need to make minor adjustments to your rear derailleur when swapping components, even like for like, due to manufacturing tolerances.
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Expect to need to make minor adjustments to your rear derailleur when swapping components, even like for like, due to manufacturing tolerances.
Suppose it'd be a good excuse to learn how to adjust my derailleur...at all...
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It should be no more than 1/2 turn or so on the barrel adjuster, if any.
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