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Old 03-18-15, 10:11 PM
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Wheel advice for new rider

Hey All, didn't know which forum to post to so I decided to ask here. New to everything but have been reading everything and now I'm more confused than ever. Super long story made short, I have a 2003 Hardrock Comp that has not been used. The wheels are missing and I want to get it going so I can:

Ride to work
Do some trails
Maybe make a road trip.

I have been shopping for a new bike and, as I said earlier, more confused about what I want. So I decided to go cheap and at least start riding something.

My questions are:
Please let me know what kind, brand, and other wheels and tires to buy.
Any other cheap improvements I should buy to make this a good commuter/light trail bike.

Thank you for listening and look forward to some good advise.
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Old 03-19-15, 12:05 AM
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Your bike ?? https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...rockcomp#specs

What is your budget for the wheel set?

Velocity makes nice sets, I'd suggest the Aeroheat, with ATB hubs as you do not have disc brakes:
Velocity Wheels

There less expensive and more expensive options out there.

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Old 03-19-15, 03:37 PM
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Old 03-19-15, 03:47 PM
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The Rhyno-Lite/Deore combo is a very common mail order wheelset Shimano M590 Rhyno Lite Wheelset | rim brake only | silver this version is rim brake but disc versions are equally common. I've had a set in the fleet for several years and they are solid wheels.
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Performance usually has pretty good values on wheelsets. I've had a set with Deore 525 hubs and Rhyno Lite rims for about nine years now and they are holding up pretty well.

There's Jensonusa, bikepartsonline, niagaracycle, etc.

I upgraded to a Nashbar cable operated disc brake set and it works as well as I ever needed it to.
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The Rhyno-Lite/Deore combo is a very common mail order wheelset Shimano M590 Rhyno Lite Wheelset | rim brake only | silver this version is rim brake but disc versions are equally common. I've had a set in the fleet for several years and they are solid wheels.
+1 I got a set of Rhyno Lits with Deore hubs, and they are a outstanding value. Great wheelset for the price.
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Old 03-19-15, 07:53 PM
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Your budget?
Your weight?
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Old 03-19-15, 09:08 PM
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Can't express how much i appreciate each of the comments and advice.
I believe I will go with Rhyno-Lite/Deore. In my price range and easy to find.
I just needed to stop overthinking these things. hahaha.
Thanks all. Hope to be riding soon and be able to give advice to others like you all.
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I don't know the comparative prices for the two wheelsets mentioned but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either one. My one word of caution is that rhyno lite's aren't the easiest rims to install tires onto but there are millions of them out there so folks seem to get along with them just fine. Aero heats are easier.

For your intended use I'd pick tires in the 1.5" to 2.0" range with minimal tread. I just bought some Michelin Country Rock tires for my daughter-in-law's bike.
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And with free shipping. Any of these options would work well for you.

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