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Old 10-01-12, 11:30 PM
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27" Rims?

I have an older bike that I'm working on rebuilding (not to spec, but to me). The rims on it are old Rigida that are massively beat up. Not only that, but the front has a wicked ding, and the spokes are braking a little too frequently to make me feel good. Also, they just don't look as nice as the newly powder coated and decal-led body . Answer?: my first wheel build! Due to my rear spacing being 120mm, yes I'm sure, it limits me to 5 speed. Ok, fine. I have a working hubs and freewheel. The problem is I can't seem to find 27", 36h, machined sidewall rims?? I may just not know where to be looking. I saw a few super cheap ones. But, I'd like to put at least a little money into them for the life of it. So, advice? I've tried just looking for whole wheels. Short of Phil Wood 120mm special hubs, no one even makes something close... The deraulleur is not hung directly from frame, so the hanger adapter itself will grind on anything 126mm and up. So, cold setting is out. Oye...

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I went cheap with some Harris 27" Sun Rims wheel set for about 160.00 figuring I would replace them at a latter time - I was wrong - They are just fine and have held up really well - I'm a heavy guy and ride rough roads...
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how many you want???
NOS 27" mavic rims
mavic module 3 27 1 1/4 (630mm) double wall , eyelets, 36 holes.


https://www.pyoratohtori.fi/vanteet.htm
Im going there today....
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I not aware of any with machined sidewalls. In addition to the aforementioned Sun rims, Velocity still offers a couple of 27" rims.
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While you're replacing the wheels, have you considered switching to 700c? The selection of rims and tires is better. 27" is approaching obsolete in North America, at least if you want high-end tires.
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Originally Posted by noglider
While you're replacing the wheels, have you considered switching to 700c? The selection of rims and tires is better. 27" is approaching obsolete in North America, at least if you want high-end tires.
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I have nothing against 27" wheels but if you're rebuilding anyway and unless there are serious brake reach issues, this makes sense. You'll also pick up more fender space.
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27"ers rock.

I relaced a pair onto Sun M13s, I am really enjoying those rims. Machined, why? They serve virtually no purpose ....other than marketing to noobs.

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Originally Posted by noglider
While you're replacing the wheels, have you considered switching to 700c? The selection of rims and tires is better. 27" is approaching obsolete in North America, at least if you want high-end tires.
Ha, ha. Except you could buy a 27" tire at the hardware store or Walmart, not a 700. Some bikes just fit 27" better. I have no trouble finding rims or tires...
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Ha, ha. Except you could buy a 27" tire at the hardware store or Walmart, not a 700. Some bikes just fit 27" better. I have no trouble finding rims or tires...
The Walmart location around me all stock 700c tires. They do stck 27" too.

Of course, I think is is mainly a point related to touring and emergency tire acquisition since I doubt Walmart is the primary tire resource for many of us. And if stocking 700c is uncommon to Walmart then the point is valid.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland
how many you want???
NOS 27" mavic rims
mavic module 3 27 1 1/4 (630mm) double wall , eyelets, 36 holes.


https://www.pyoratohtori.fi/vanteet.htm
Im going there today....



Unfortunately I'm no where near Finland. Colorado, USA would be a hell of a shipping charge = =*.
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit
27"ers rock.

I relaced a pair onto Sun M13s, I am really enjoying those rims. Machined, why? They serve virtually no purpose ....other than marketing to noobs.
I wasn't aware that non-machined rims were able to take brake pads? I assumed that all classic rims were just built a certain way, and when they changed the way they made them, they made machined for brake pads and non-machined for disc brakes? Little did I know I suppose!
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Sun CR-18 rims are readily available in 27", e.g.: https://www.niagaracycle.com/advanced...802be8&x=0&y=0

Why do you need machined sidewalls? They add nothing to the rim and detract from its longevity.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Sun CR-18 rims are readily available in 27", e.g.: https://www.niagaracycle.com/advanced...802be8&x=0&y=0

Why do you need machined sidewalls? They add nothing to the rim and detract from its longevity.
I built a wheel set with Sun CR18s and am quite pleased with it.
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sun m13 ii rims come in 27" and are sold on ebay by a couple sellers. i bought my 700c rims this way and was able to negotiate a cheap shipping cost through ebay messaging.
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