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Old 01-23-10, 11:50 AM
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PUCH opinion

Towards the end of the riding season ( here in the northeast), I received an E-bay purchased Austro-Daimler SLE. It arrived with a bent ( out of round) rear wheel. I rode it a couple of times, but could not get past the thump, thump, thump of that bad back wheel. I have never read anything but glowing reports of the AD-PUCH bikes, though this so far hasn`t impressed me. Should I invest in a replacement rear wheel ( adding another hundred bucks to the bike) or just sell it on Craiglist, come spring. So far, I don`t like it as much as my lugged steel Allez SE, but maybe it hasn`t been given a fair chance. PS, I love the graphics on t e bike.
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Old 01-23-10, 11:55 AM
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Well, I don't really think that this should affect your opinion of Puch, seeing as this bike was used and the wheel issue was most likely human error.

Is it just out of true, or is it visibly bent? If it's the latter, cut the spokes and just get a new rim to lace the hub to.
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Old 01-23-10, 12:11 PM
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You are right, it hasn't been given a fair chance yet.

You really have to test the bike with a rear wheel that is in good shape before you pass final judgement on the SLE. A bad wheel like you are describing will give any frame a poor ride. So, get the wheel fixed, borrow/trade for/buy a rear wheel, or try the rear wheel of your Allez if possible.
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Old 01-23-10, 07:00 PM
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I could bait a certain "man of science and letters" here, but I won't.
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Don't rush to judgement on the AD with that goofed up rear wheel. The frustration of recieving a less than perfiect bike is tainting your impression on the whole bike.

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Old 01-23-10, 07:58 PM
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If you do decide the Puch isn't your cup of tea, you could offer it to one of us. There's a subforum for vintage sales.
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Puch is like most other brands, they made some great bikes, some good bikes, some average bikes, and some low end bikes. I don't know the particular model you mentioned. If you look, you can find a replacement wheel new for around $40 delivered to your door, or find a good used wheel for around $20. I have picked up a lot of good used alloy rim wheels for $10 or less.

I would not enjoy riding a bike with a bent wheel, whether it was a Puch or Allez SE. Nothing wrong with a Puch if it is in good ready to ride condition. I just picked one up myself last week.
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Old 01-23-10, 09:00 PM
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+1 on how much replacement wheels cost. You could pick up a decent wheel for $25 and a very nice one with $40-50. That said, take it to your local bike store and ask them how much will it cost to re-lace it and true it (usually $25-40 depending on the material, plus they will lube the hub). If your rim is not damaged, that's the most efficient way, IMO
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Measure the seatpost diameter -- the larger, the better. A 27.2mm seatpost in a 28.6mm OD seat tube generally indicates a butted Moly steel frame, for which a new rear rim is definitely a worthwhile investment. I am generally a big fan of mid-to-high-end Austrian bikes.
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For 1981 & 82 model years (at least), the SLE was a Reynolds 531 double-butted frame sport/touring bicycle. It should provide a very nice ride with a good set of wheels. Swap the rim or fix/replace the wheel and give it another chance!
A helpful link...
https://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/AustroDaimler/

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Old 01-25-10, 04:59 PM
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Thank you for the links to the scans, teambhultima. Was wondering when my Luzerne was made. That helped a lot.
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