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26" and 32 holes? Campagnolo/Ambrosio....

Old 10-12-12, 09:15 AM
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26" and 32 holes? Campagnolo/Ambrosio....

Is a 32 spoke, 26" set of wheels as valuable as their bigger 36/700c brothers? 80's Campy hubs and Ambrosio tubular rims......
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Old 10-12-12, 09:21 AM
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Sorry, forgot to also ask if budding a 32h 700c wheel is common? Or is that completely weird and non-existent?
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Whether building 32h or any wheel for that matter is common depends on who you ask and what the application is for. I have had several sets of 32h wheels built over the last few years but I wanted something particular, shimano 7spd HG cassette hubs and basic box section tubular rims.

What kind of 26" wheels are you talking about? Tri type 650C or MTB type 26x 1.???? again it depends on application and who wants them. I ahve nice CampI rims built on shimano hubs, but the odds of someone else giving me $300+ for them is pretty slim.
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The situation is actually that I can get a set of wheels for dirt cheap, but they are 26" Ambrosio tubular road wheels. I was either thinking of flipping them, or using the 32h campy hubs to build myself 700c road wheels. Ideally I would love to have tubular rims that matche the early 80's vintage of the bike, but am I a fool to try to do that with the 32h hubs?
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Can you get some pics? A pair of 26" tubulars sounds odd since these would most likely be 650c like on a Tri bike. Ask the seller or you if he is local to double check the size.

There is not alot of money in flipping tubular wheels. I have seen a few good deals on here but tend to pass since I am trying to get away from FW type hubs and go to a 'standard' of the afore mentioned shimano 7spd hub. I am only doing that to provide commonality between my bikes. It is simpler to use that hub since it will fit the shimano indexing bikes I have the Campi friction/retrofriction and I can even run my Suntour in microfriction with those wheels.
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Even the Tri guys have gotten away from 650c, and that's really the only market for that size, esp in tubular.

And I have early/mid 80's tubular rims/wheelsets in 28h, so certainly 32 hole is not period "incorrect", nor unobtainable
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This might make sense if the wheels are really cheap you probably couldn't flip them. These would work fine to build up the hubs with some 700c's.
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Thanks for all the replies, but it doesn't matter now because the guy sold them! He said they were mine, then no..... I was at school too long. Oh well. Turns out they were actually 700c Ambrosio tubular rims laced to gipiemme hubs with a Regina oro 6 speed for $40. Dammit.....
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$40? that would have beena great price to try a set of tubulars out.
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