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Old 03-11-12, 11:48 PM   #1
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Value of a set of newly built 27" x 1 1/8 wheels with Deore Freehub and new Araya rim

I'm just curious how much of a value wheels like these would have. I'm not selling them, I am in the process of building a set. I have the rear wheel nearly done. I used a brand new Araya 27" rim 36 hole, a Shimano Deore 7 speed size freehub, and stainless steel spokes. I will be putting a really nice 7speed Shimano cassette on it once its done.

The front wheel is configured nearly the same instead of the hub being a Deore, its another series of hub, I just can't remember what family. Same setup though, brand new 36 hole Araya rim, ss spokes.

How much would a set of wheels like these be worth these days? I know everyone is converting to 700c rims (I thought about it) but I wonder just what freehub wheels that take the old school tires are valued at? I wonder if all the time and effort I'm putting into these wheels is rather pointless as well.

They are going to be going on my old '80s schwinn once they are finished.
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Not quite enough information to offer an educated guess. For example, do the rims have spoke hole eyelets? Also, an almost matched set of wheels is not a matched set and that, alone, will cut any value in half. Were it me, the moment I learned of the mismatch, I would keep on looking - elsewhere. No offense intended here, but few people will pay a good dollar for a mismatched wheel set.

All that said, you will be lucky to find a buyer. As for what would the wheels be worth, if the set was matched? I sell similar wheel sets (27") for $100.00 per set, plus shipping, which can be another $75.00. My wheels are rebuilt, true, evenly tensioned and stress relieved before I let them go. And this year there seems to be a lot more interest in a good quality set of 27" wheels than there has been in days past.
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Although Randy does quite well on 27 inch wheels, I can find matched sets for $40 or less, all day long (sometimes with a bike attached). 27 inch wheelsets have a very limited market, and someone who wants them, will want them matched, and will want something other than Deore.

Building them up is not pointless, they are for your use. Who cares if they have minimal value in the marketplace. Your financial return will be from using them. I will build up wheels for myself, and not worry about resale.

I've got a pile of unmatched wheels, awaiting a near match, not for resale, but for reuse.
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I agree with Bill a set of wheels like that has more value in the utility the owner/builder will get out of them rather than any market value.

I had a few sets of wheels built years ago from from NOS tubular rims and shimano STX 7spd HG hubsets. It may sound like an odd combination to most people however since I am trying to keep all my non 'brifter' at 7spd those wheels fit multiple bikes. therefore are very valuable to me for their utility rather than their monitary value.
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Thanks for the info. You are right, Bianchigirll, that is what is most important, the value of the utility of my wheels. I really wanted a set of 27 inch rims that had matching rims at least with as close as possible matching hubs and a freehub. I'm a very heavy person and I don't like freewheels for that reason. i keep on bending rear axles due to my weight when it comes to freewheels.

So having a set of wheels made with brand new Araya rims and rebuilt freehub and front hub is very important to me over the actual monetary value. i was just wondering if a set of unusual wheels like mine had much value on the open market.

I will probably build one more set of these wheels if we still have a couple of new Araya 36 hole rims in the stockpile just to have a backup set and/or a set to put on another classic bike.

Part of the problem I'm running into is that all we have are a couple of 36 hole and a couple of 40 hole Araya 27 inch new rims. So finding a 36 hole front hub that matches a rear 36 hole free hub is rather difficult since I'm insisting on using a freehub in the rear.
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