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Old 04-22-21, 12:31 PM
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Looking for some advice about 700c trekking wheelset

Looking for some not too hefty rim brake wheels for my mothers trekking bike. She uses Shimano 8 speed. All suggestions would be more than appreciated since I started chasing my tail.
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Old 04-22-21, 12:53 PM
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How much does she weigh, what bike is she riding, what spacing does it have, what kind of riding is she doing...??? Give us a bit of info here so we can help you.
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Old 04-23-21, 07:43 AM
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Looking for some not too hefty rim brake wheels for my mothers trekking bike. She uses Shimano 8 speed. All suggestions would be more than appreciated since I started chasing my tail.
List a budget.

If you dont want to spend the money for CK hub wheelsets, then why have people waste their time suggesting something like that?
Also, what dropout spacing is needed- 130 or 135?
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Is there something wrong with the current wheelset?
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Looking around Velomine.com will give you an idea of whats available.

Also listing the information others have suggested will help.

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I've had 32 hole MAVIC rims on my Bruce Gordon since 1992. Throughout a lot of on and off pavement riding, recreationally, and loaded. They haven't needed truing beyond a tweak or two here and there, every couple of years.
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Old 04-24-21, 07:06 AM
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Apologies, I wrote the post in a hurry. Budget would be up to 200. I am not currently home, my father will measure it this evening will also ask him about the rims, I know they are Alexrims, bur can't remember currently the model. The problem are mainly the hubs. The bike she bought was an Author trekking, but the lbs went the cheap route on the hubs. They are still the old type, without cartridge bearings, and they really take a lot of effort to turn.

Maybe it would be a better idea to just replace the hubs, and save for a new bike in the future. There are quite a bit of hills where she lives, and maybe an ebike would be more suited for her. Although I was pushing against that.
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If the current wheels take a lot of effort to turn, something is probably set up wrong and the cones too tight. Which is quite common for wheels I've gotten that others adjust.

Personally I prefer the old cup and cone wheel bearings to cartridge bearings. But not enough to quibble about one or the other as criteria for wheel purchase.

Replacing just the hubs will probably be more expensive than finding a new wheelset online. But probably worth checking on with whomever would do this for you.

I'd find out why the current wheels are so tight. Might be too late if they have many miles on them. But still cones and race can be replaced.

You aren't just saying they are tight because they don't spin freely as long as the others are you? Sometimes that's just a hub filled with to much grease that hasn't gotten pushed out of the way yet.
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Old 04-24-21, 10:30 AM
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You need to post where you live. Some countries have certain wheels you can't get in other countries. I was gonna suggest Bicycle Wheel Warehouse until I saw your euro sign.
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Old 04-26-21, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Solist View Post
Apologies, I wrote the post in a hurry. Budget would be up to 200. I am not currently home, my father will measure it this evening will also ask him about the rims, I know they are Alexrims, bur can't remember currently the model. The problem are mainly the hubs. The bike she bought was an Author trekking, but the lbs went the cheap route on the hubs. They are still the old type, without cartridge bearings, and they really take a lot of effort to turn.

Maybe it would be a better idea to just replace the hubs, and save for a new bike in the future. There are quite a bit of hills where she lives, and maybe an ebike would be more suited for her. Although I was pushing against that.
Cup and cone bearings, which is the term for the type of hub you describe, can run smooth for minutes on end with just a spin of the wheel. They simply need to be adjusted properly.
By all means, buy a different wheelset if you want, but it may not be better than the current wheelset once its properly adjusted.

Once you know the dropout spacing, just google around. There are a number of euro sites that stock entry level machine built wheels.
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Another consideration--will she actually be using the bike for "trekking"? Will she be using racks and panniers and carrying camping gear and clothes over rough roads? My loaded touring bike uses 36 spoke wheels with Shimano (cup and cone!) hubs and Velocity Dyad rims. Very sturdy and heavy and reliable carrying lots of weight. Overkill for riding unloaded.

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Originally Posted by David in Maine View Post
Another consideration--will she actually be using the bike for "trekking"? Will she be using racks and panniers and carrying camping gear and clothes over rough roads? My loaded touring bike uses 36 spoke wheels with Shimano (cup and cone!) hubs and Velocity Dyad rims. Very sturdy and heavy and reliable carrying lots of weight. Overkill for riding unloaded.

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"Trekking" is a term commonly used in Europe for a more upright hybrid/commuter bike, usually with rack, fenders, and hybrid/mountain gearing (3X) rather than road gearing.
Sort of along the lines of a TREK FX series type thing we have here.
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Old 04-26-21, 05:24 PM
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If you're in the EU, tell your father to look at Bike24 (https://www.bike24.com/mtb-wheels.ht...rm-filter=&pgc[31][391]=1&pgc[72][476]=1&sort=price_asc), Rose Bikes (https://www.rosebikes.com/bike-parts/wheels), etc.

If he can spend an extra 44 Euros or so, the DT Swiss H 1950 Classic is an excellent trekking option. Designed for eBikes, it's tough and affordable and can be used for regular trekking bikes without pedal assist (https://www.bike24.com/p2275352.html...iss%20h%201950).

I think there's probably a small language barrier, but you say you need new rims because the hubs are the problem, so it's a bit confusing. However, rebuilding wheels will cost you about the same as a new wheelset in terms of parts and labor, unless you dad is going to do the job himself.
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Old 05-03-21, 03:06 AM
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Apologies for not replying, and the confusion. I live in Slovenia. I wrote the post in a hurry, and I have a couple of deadlines to catch, so my mind is all over the place. My father is a bit unknowledgeable when it comes to bikes, so I had to measure it. The spacing on the frame is 135mm. She weights about 55kg.

Currently she has Alexrims ACE-18 wheels, with Quando hubs. No model number on those hubs.

She uses the bike mainly for shorter rides (40km in total), but in the future you never know.

I checked the rims for wear, and they are quite concave, so it might be time for a new wheelset. Those DT swiss are 300€ if shipped to my country, so a bit over the budget, but will tell him nevertheless.
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Will try to readjust them. They do not have much spare time which leads to not taking care of their bikes, so everything is in bad shape. Checked the rims for wear, and they are in pretty bad shape. The lbs put some cheap brake pads on, and they really chew through the rims.
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Just check those online sites. It may be hard in 2021, due to Covid supply shortages, but Bike24 and those European online retailers usually have tough trekking wheelsets with heavy but durable rims and Deore hubs for 150-200 Euros.

Or just go to a local bike shop there in Slovenia and see what they can do for you; 700c trekking wheelsets are common in Europe, they may be able to order something.
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