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Old 04-13-10, 04:23 PM
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Matrix Wheelset

I've got a 700c wheelset that I'm trying to figure out whether it is going to be worth the hassle to sell as a wheelset or just pull the hubs and sell.

The rims are Matrix Titan (not Titan II) made in the USA by Trek, at least according to the label. Pretty narrow rims, about 19mm, anodized dark brown. Hubs are Shimano Deore XT, freewheel. Tires are Matrix CD3k, 20c. The whole set is in pretty good condition, with fairly low miles judging by the lack of brake wear - the front is just polished a little, the rear a little more wear with a few small flecks of substrate showing through, but overall very brown still.

Should I try to sell these as a set, as in this is something that somebody out there might be looking for, or just pull the hubs and dispose of them on ebay.

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Old 04-13-10, 05:06 PM
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I'd pull the hubs and sell them separately. With a wheelset you are looking at $20-40 shipping in the US (FedEx ground) and this is much more than what the rims worth, which will discourage a lot of perspective buyers. Keep the rims and tires for spare parts if you encounter a bike that needs them in the future or get rid of them at the CL.
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As much as I would like to have a set like this for a flipper, I have to agree with EjustE that the shipping is sort of a deal killer.
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Old 04-13-10, 05:14 PM
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Ok guys, thanks, that was my gut instinct, just wanted to make sure there wasn't a weird cult of Matrix rim fans out there somewhere. You never know with some of these parts.
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Got pictures? I have some Matrix semi aeros that I like quite a bit. I might be interested in the rims.
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they are cassette or freewheel?
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Old 04-13-10, 06:29 PM
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This is an interesting combination (are you sure that the hubs are Deore XT and not DX or LX?) : The Matrix T rims were Touring rims (as the Matrix S rims were "Sports" rims) and used only on the 520, which indeed had Deore hubs. Pre '90, it came with 27 inch wheels, so these have to be post-90. The problem is that there were not any Deore XT hubs spec'd for this bike (only DX earlier and LX later). The other interesting thing is that these tires are at least 8mm too skinny. These rims took 28mm tires earlier and 30mm tires later. What's the rear hub spacing?
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Old 04-13-10, 06:37 PM
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Robatsu- If the OLD is 126R/100F, I could be interested...especially if you feel like meeting me for the group W&OD ride on Saturday at 12:30 in Vienna. Cash awaits!
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These came off of a Fuji Touring Series V, although I have no idea how they got on there. The rest of the drive train was Deore LX (cranks/derailleurs). The hubs are definitely XT. Front hub is HB M730, rear is FH M732 and both boldly proclaim "Deore XT". I'm assuming the spacing is 126, since it has a 7 speed freewheel and just a little overhang from this w/the locknuts.
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Around here, a set of wheels like that will bring $75-$85 on CL with tires.
Shipping a set of wheels is about $17 via Parcel Post, including delivery confirmation, coast to coast.
Watch your box size and you'll be fine, if you wanted to ship.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Around here, a set of wheels like that will bring $75-$85 on CL with tires.
Shipping a set of wheels is about $17 via Parcel Post, including delivery confirmation, coast to coast.
Watch your box size and you'll be fine, if you wanted to ship.
I'm assuming that that is also with the freewheel?
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Originally Posted by robatsu View Post
I'm assuming that that is also with the freewheel?
I've sold a couple without, but most people here are upgrading or parting out a set like that, and just leave it on.

Those are good hubs, and with a freewheel, someone should want them.
If I hadn't just finished a tourer with 7-sp, gave him an extra wheel set, I'd be all over 'em.

I'm sitting here building a set right now, yours would make it a heck of a lot easier, so I think there's a market.
The Titan is a good wheel. I think if you offer the set for $100 locally, you'll sell 'em for $80.

I'm tempted to make you an offer just to have a spare, as he needs a backup for his Cilo....
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