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what to look for when buying and installing used wheelset?

Old 04-07-09, 10:01 AM
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what to look for when buying and installing used wheelset?

as the title reads. i am buying a new to me set and was wondering what i need to look out for. the seller claims they are true, other than that any other input would be appreciated. i am a new member and new to cycling, i am looking forward to sharing and exchanging knowledge with my peers. i will soon post pix of my bike too.


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Old 04-07-09, 10:19 AM
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Is this a local transaction?
If you are seeing the wheels in person then check for excessive wear along the brake track, check the hub for smoothness and lack of play, inspect around the spoke nipples for cracking.
Google around for problems specific to that wheel and check for that problem on the ones you're looking at.
If you're buying online, then all you can really do is closely look at any pictures and check the seller out as best as possible.
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Only three things to cause problems on a wheel- Hubs- spokes and rim.

Any Used wheels I may get- not for me but for friends- I send to my Wheelbuilder. He will detension the spokes and retrue the wheel. He also checks the bearings and regreases. Only ever had one wheel out of about 30 he has done that was bad- but that was due to a Crack in the rim that was almost impossible to see.
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There should be a small amount of play in a properly adjusted hub, that will go away when you tighten it down.
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