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which 700c rims laced to '85 Shimano 600EX hubs?

Old 07-20-12, 06:24 PM
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which 700c rims laced to '85 Shimano 600EX hubs?

The original wheels that came on my '85 Miyata 912 have seen a lot of use and while the Shimano 600EX hubs are in great shape, the red label Araya 700x1 rims are nearing the end of the road. I've been scoping ebay, looking at some Mavic MA40's but they seem pretty expensive right now, especially the NOS pairs. I need 36h. Vintage would be preferable; all those huge rim decals are too flashy for this understated ride. Vintage or vintage-ish would be preferable; those huge rim decals are too flashy for this bike. Any suggestions?

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I like Araya CTL 370s, but they also have flashy labels.
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one general tip for when the exact hub cone is not readily available. discovered that the curvature of the bearing surface on the shimano 600 was a pretty good "skeleton key" for many applications. it would sometimes require a small change in ball size to make everything come out correctly.
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I guess a little flash is ok...

Follow-up question: Am I better off just getting new rims or trying to go for a vintage pair? Part of the appeal of the old stuff is its cheaper, but I cringe at the thought of buying used rims and getting NOS throws that price difference out the window.
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Matrix had some nice rims along that line with inconspicuous labels, such as Titans or some ISO's.
I'm not sure buying new will be any more expensive, probably depends on spokes, etc.
Velocity makes some very good rims for the cost, and don't discount an outstanding set of used rims; they're out there.
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Faced with a similar set of 36h Shimano 600 hubs that were very smooth, I laced 'em to new Ambrosio rims. The look is OK On my Pug, and they roll great.

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Mavic Open Pros in grey or silver depending on bike color. Stickers come off if you don't like em.
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I'm probably leaning open pro at this point, maybe even open sport. If it comes down to spending $50-80 on a rim, I might as well get a modern one. This is for my commuter, not my "awesome but sort of impractical" bike. I feel like if I'm going to go to the trouble to lace a set of wheels I'd rather avoid any surprises that might come with used rims.
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