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Old 06-04-06, 08:31 PM
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Please tell me about these wheels

So, what do you guys think about this wheelset? http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

Honestly, I use my bike for weekend rides and daily commuting, so I'd like something very strong as opposed to all-out light weight. Currently my bike has very cheap Alex wheels that came stock (Specialized Allez Triple), so i'm sure these are better than my current setup.

My question is, are there any other better choices for me in the same price bracket as these?

Also, it states these wheels are 8, 9, and 10 speed compatible. Does that mean the wheelset comes with an assortment of spacers to make it fit these configurations? I thought 8 and 10 speed wheelsets had different widths, requiring custom spacers to fit. My bike has an 8 speed tiagra setup, so I want to make sure these wheels will work.
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Old 06-04-06, 10:19 PM
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These wheels are totally bombproof, and will last you for a long, long time.

When they say that the wheels are 8, 9, and 10 speed compatible, that means that ANY 8 or 9 speed Shimano-compatible cassette will fit without any spacers. The overall width of 8 and 9 speed cassettes is exactly the same. Just the spacing between the individual cogs is different between the two.

Your 8 speed tiagra setup will jive just fine with these wheels.

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Old 06-04-06, 10:26 PM
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At 36H, that is a sturdy wheelset. I would like to see 2.0/1.8/2.0 double-butted spokes to retain tension when hitting bumps, but that's a pretty minor point. It's not a deep-section, but still will be quite strong.

10 speed cassettes come with a ~0.5mm spacer to put on these 8/9/10 speed freehubs. The 8/9 speed cassetes will fit on w/out spacers.

If you get these wheels, check out the tension on them right away. You want it around 110kgf (left/right front and drive-side rear), and to be very even tension (all in the 100kgf-120kgh range). If you get a reference tension, you can pluck the other spokes to see how off the tone sounds. If they are way off, you need to retension the wheel, then stress-relieve it (you should stress-relieve regardless of adjusting the wheel, at least once out of the box).

The 2nd thing you should do is properly adjust the bearings on the hubs. Shimano pretty much always ships their hubs too tight. They should be loose enough to just feel rocking movement in the axle, but that should just barely go away when you tighten the QR.

Do these things, and you'll have a 30K+ mile wheelset on your hands (barring excessive brake wear).
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Thanks for the opinions and great tips guys!
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