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Old 04-12-10, 09:02 AM
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Source for 26" Single Speed Wheel?

This question is for a commuter bike, but it involves mountain bike components so I figured you guys would know best. I recently picked up a early 90's Bianchi Mountain bike that I'm hoping to turn into a winter commuter bike. It has horizontal drop outs, needs a crankset, and rear wheel... so I came to the logical conclusion that it should be converted to a single speed. The problem I've had so far is I can't find a pre-built 26" wheel w/ a single speed hub under $200. Now, this is supposed to be a winter beater bike, and probably will never see more then a dirt or gravel trail so I'm trying to avoid throwing a ton of money at it. I know my other options, conversion kit, custom build, and I've also been contemplating coaster brake, but before I go any of those routes does anyone know of a website that sells 26" wheels w/single speed hubs for around $100 or less?


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Old 04-12-10, 12:27 PM
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not any right now, the ones i've seen & bought in the past were pretty poor. you can get a hand built wheel from Bikeman.com for around $125 (not including shipping) with surly hub, sun cr 18 rims, & straight gauge spokes. i've had a wheelset built by them & it has been excellent. or maybe a local shop can match an online price?
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If you're looking for something cheap, just buy a rear wheel made for a 5/6/7/8 speed freewheel. It should be $50 or less. It's not going to be super high quality but if you're looking for something to ride in the winter it will work. Just spin on a single freewheel and voila!
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check the rear spacing before you by something new. Older bikes could have 130mm spacing.

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