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Wheel set - best option?

Old 05-27-24, 03:15 AM
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Wheel set - best option?

Hello, I've recently taken out my old fixed gear bike from the shed, and while trying to figure out what frame I actually have on it (on a different post on the vintage sub-group on this forum) I'm also looking at repainting (and revision) and changing the wheels (and maybe some other minor upgrades). With this in mind, does anyone have experience with the following wheelsets, and what would the recommendations be? Alternatively, I was thinking I could buy a 2nd hand fixed gear bike and use the wheels from that build, and maybe some upgrade options (and then I'd have a full 2nd bike I could resell with the parts I didn't use), but that might complicate things and also being 2nd hand I don't have the guarantee that they're worth it. I've attached pics from the ad, together with the actual ad (translated to my best of knowledge)

Fixed gear / fixie with the following components:
  • Steel Frame: MTB Cycletech size 57
  • Front Wheel:Miche Pistard with braking surface
  • Rear Wheel: H+Son Formation rim;Miche Pistard hub (flip-flop fixed-SSP); Miche 15t sprocket; Miche lockring;
  • Crankset: Sugino RD2 42t
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN55 (BSA thread)
  • Chain: KMC K710SL
  • Stem: ITM Pro Chrome
  • Handlebars:Stella Azzurra Carbon
  • Front Brake:Campagnolo Record
  • Brake Levers: TRP
  • Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4 season
  • Seatpost: XLC (26.4)
  • Saddle: San Marco Concor Racing Team (I have more if this is not suitable)
  • Pedals: Shimano M520 (not the one in the pictures)
  • Tape: Supacaz Oil Slick (blue)
PRICE: 420 EUR

The bike is in perfect technical condition, built by me personally. The tires, the whole rear wheel and the handlebar have a maximum of 100 km road use.. It does not need any adjustment or change of consumables. Aesthetically, the frame doesn't look great, but it's a city bike and in some ways it's better that way. It comes without Garmin support and the lights in the pictures.
What do you guys think? thank you!


wheelset options

My current build

2nd hand bike I could use for parts. (pic 1/2)

2nd hand bike I could use for parts. (pic 2/2)
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Old 05-27-24, 10:54 AM
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I would say handbuilt wheels would be the way to go. I do like H+Son I have used their rims on a few wheel sets now and they are great. The All City New Sheriffs would be my choice in hubs for something nice but not super expensive and good looks. My Langster Rio frame has Archetypes with AC New Sherrifs with Sapim Force spokes and probably Secure Lock nipples and they are great.
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Thank you! I'll probably go for the H+Son, however the hubs are outside my budget. I wasn't aware of those hubs, but I found the rear one for 99 EUR, which is way above the budget for me.
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Originally Posted by Ruben_
Thank you! I'll probably go for the H+Son, however the hubs are outside my budget. I wasn't aware of those hubs, but I found the rear one for 99 EUR, which is way above the budget for me.
My solution is to up the budget...LOL. I say if you are building a wheel set or better yet having a professional build it put good parts into it because it will last a looong time so the initial cost might sting a bit the long term cost will be ridiculously low. If I have wheels I don't need to mess with and can have them for over 10 years or more that is a going to be a good thing and because fixed gear bikes have pretty much stayed at 120 and would be unlikely to change for any reason they can move from bike to bike further making them cheaper and cheaper even with nicer components.
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