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Old 05-28-08, 12:35 PM
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wheels

i just ordered a motobecane messenger that i want to make my everyday bike and i know the wheels that come stock are going to be crap and i already have a set of Mavic Aksiums from a 21 speed i was riding.....i am wondering if it is at all possible in any way to convert the mavics to a single or fixed gear


any help would be great...even any suggestions on good wheels to get as replacement all so
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Old 05-28-08, 12:43 PM
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the front wheel will be fine. i suggest you buy a mavic ellipse for the rear. i did something similar to one of my bikes. both are mavic wheels with bladed spokes. but you'll be into the wheels as much money as the bike.
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Old 05-28-08, 12:45 PM
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Or a ss spacer kit


You'll still need to tension your chain.
Maybe a magic gear or an eccentric BB (only pos. if you have an oversized BB shell - doubtful)

If running ss, a chain tensioner will do
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Originally Posted by Peedtm View Post
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Or a ss spacer kit


You'll still need to tension your chain.
Maybe a magic gear or an eccentric BB (only pos. if you have an oversized BB shell - doubtful)

If running ss, a chain tensioner will do
Blarg! It's a Messenger Peed! One of them track bike things.
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Just take off the cassette and put on some spacers and a cog. Instant single-speed.
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Old 05-28-08, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
Just take off the cassette and put on some spacers and a cog. Instant single-speed.
Except the spacing probably won't be right. You'll have to stretch that frame mannnn.
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Originally Posted by mcnally View Post
i just ordered a motobecane messenger that i want to make my everyday bike and i know the wheels that come stock are going to be crap and i already have a set of Mavic Aksiums from a 21 speed i was riding.....i am wondering if it is at all possible in any way to convert the mavics to a single or fixed gear


any help would be great...even any suggestions on good wheels to get as replacement all so
Sure the stock wheels on the messenger will be cheap, but thats not why they won't last. Its all about the build. Take them into the shop, or have someone who knows how to build wheels stress relieve and tension the spokes...that'll increase the life of the wheel by a lot. Thats a better solution than mucking around with a modified road wheel or blowing tons of money on new track wheels for a cheap-ass bike.
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randy?
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Old 05-28-08, 01:35 PM
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well i have to see what i can do...im 6'5 220 and if the wheels arent going to hold up to long i want to put something that will get the job done...i plan on changing everything out eventually anyway so ill just look into a new set of wheels and suggestions?
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Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
Except the spacing probably won't be right. You'll have to stretch that frame mannnn.
word. Stretch away, it won't hurt.
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im new to the single speed world...so i dont know what stretching even means hah
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"stretch" because the Askiums have a wider spacing than your frame. But you can just spread out the ends on your frame to get the wheel in.
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Originally Posted by mcnally View Post
well i have to see what i can do...im 6'5 220 and if the wheels arent going to hold up to long i want to put something that will get the job done...i plan on changing everything out eventually anyway so ill just look into a new set of wheels and suggestions?
Sorry to derail the thread, but why upgrade every component on a cheap-ass Motobecane Messenger frame? The wheels should hold if properly tensioned.
Personally, if I wanted a better bike, I'd leave it stock and save up for something with a better FRAME AND COMPONENTS. It'll cost about the same in the long run and you end up with a much better bike, plus a spare beater
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Old 05-28-08, 02:27 PM
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true. just money at the moment is tight and i have the askiums already...and i know this bike needs to last a good while...just trying to feel it out...


so to stretch it what would i need to do heat the frame? i know i wont be doing this but im just wondering now
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Originally Posted by mcnally View Post
i just ordered a motobecane messenger that i want to make my everyday bike and i know the wheels that come stock are going to be crap and i already have a set of Mavic Aksiums from a 21 speed i was riding.....i am wondering if it is at all possible in any way to convert the mavics to a single or fixed gear


any help would be great...even any suggestions on good wheels to get as replacement all so
what the hell? the wheels are going to be fine. you're better off using them than converting your mavics (keep those on your geared bike?). it's not like cheap stock wheels will instantly explode on you because they are cheap
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Old 05-28-08, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mcnally View Post
so to stretch it what would i need to do heat the frame? i know i wont be doing this but im just wondering now
Note that I advise you use the stock wheels, which are properly spaced for the frame.

However, to answer your question, DO NOT HEAT THE FRAME. Just pull the dropouts apart and insert the wheel. You should be able to flex the frame enough by hand to pull the dropouts apart 1cm further...then insert the wheel. If this is too difficult you'll have to cold set the frame...meaning you need to permanently bend the rear triangle (cold), until the dropouts are properly spaced. Don't do this without reading up on it first!

How about just using the stock wheel

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Old 05-28-08, 03:41 PM
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haha yea...prolly what i will do...ill just beat this bike up anyway...so ill keep it simple then deal with it when i need to replace the stock wheels
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