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Need new rear wheel for a Giant Nutra

Old 09-03-14, 04:10 AM
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Need new rear wheel for a Giant Nutra

I purchased my first real bike this past March. It is a 90s model Giant Nutra. Knowing a bit about metallurgy, I love the bike. The frame is made of a low allow steel (chrome-molybdenum) and is very strong and corrosion resistant. However, the back wheel (including cassette) has a wobble to it. My ignorance of replacing bike parts is pretty appalling. How would I know what to replace the current rear wheel with? I believe Nutras were only made from 94-97. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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The easiest is if you have a bike shop you can take it to but more than likely it is a 26" freewheel wheel. Freewheels are known for wobbling a bit while coasting and freewheel hubs have a tendency to bend or break axles unless you have a high end one like Phil Wood but it would not have been stocked with a hub like that.

If you want to keep with a freewheel you can build a wheel around a higher quality hub like what Phil Wood or Paul Components offer but that will be spendy. The other option is to cold set the frame to 130mm and use a rear hub with a freehub and a cassette rather than a freewheel which is much stronger as the axle is supported at the ends rather than in just the middle. From here you can find cheap yet relatively strong wheels or have a wheel build around a much cheaper and still stronger rear hub.
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I agree that it is likely a freewheel hub, but based on the value of the bike, you might want to keep the repair simple, and save anything you don't spend toward your next bike.

I would have the wheel serviced and/or trued, but if it is in really bad shape, I would just replace the wheel with a similar prebuilt wheel, and ride on. If a cassette wheel can be had for a similar price, I would consider that upgrade, but only if I could get a cassette that would keep me from having to upgrade the shifters etc... unless I really wanted to upgrade over-all.

I will be honest. I have taken some bikes further down the food chain than yours and done more to them to get them the way that I want them... but it could take more than just changing the wheel or hub to get what you want. By the way, a chromoly frame is a good choice to use as the basis for an upgraded bike.
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Depending on the year, it appears you may have a Free Hub or Free Wheel type.
IF the smallest cog has 11 or 12T, it would be a Free Hub. Otherwise, likely a Free Wheel, but not positively.

The first thing to do is remove the rear wheel and measure the drop out spacing.
IF it's 135mm, things will be relatively easy. 126-130mm, requires a little more attention to detail.

bikepedia.com only lists 94-96, with the 94 appearing to be a Free hub.
here's a link for a 95 and you can click on the links for the other 2 years.
Maybe you can identify yours from the info given. although bikepedia is often incorrect on some details.

1995 Giant Nutra - BikePedia
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