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Only running a front brake, should I get a non-machined rear wheel?

Old 03-23-12, 06:18 PM
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Only running a front brake, should I get a non-machined rear wheel?

I'm about to buy this wheelset which is available in machined front and non-machined rear or both machined.

https://cyclingcloseouts.com/Products...ia_wheels.aspx

I'm only using a front brake for a fixed gear so would it be better to get a non-machined rear or is there no difference?

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Really?
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If you get a non-machined front brake, you can get two lobsters and a pair of purple paisley pants.
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Is there any difference? I only know when using brakes on them but I don't know if there are any differences apart from braking that I haven't heard of.

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The non mach rear and machined front sounds good. The machined surface is good for braking.
You can get non-machined fr/rr but it looks messy once you use the brakes if you care about that kind of thing
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Originally Posted by cruiserhead
The non mach rear and machined front sounds good. The machined surface is good for braking.
You can get non-machined fr/rr but it looks messy once you use the brakes if you care about that kind of thing
I know the machined surface is good for braking, but is the non-machined surface any different apart from braking?
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Originally Posted by retrac1324
I know the machined surface is good for braking, but is the non-machined surface any different apart from braking?
Yeah, it isn't machined.
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Guess I'll just pick randomly for the rear wheel if there's no difference apart from braking then.
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Originally Posted by retrac1324
Guess I'll just pick randomly for the rear wheel if there's no difference apart from braking then.
If you get a colored wheelset, your wheels won't match, you know the whole feng shoey think will be off.
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You will be fine running either machined or non-machined in the rear. If you ever plan on running your bike with a freewheel instead of fixed gear, you might err on the side of caution and get machined front and rear, but if you're sure you're not going to use a rear brake, you can get either. The advantage of non-machined wheels is primarily aesthetic. If you have deep-section rims, the whole rim will be the same color and maintain a nice, continuous shape from the outer to inner edge, rather than having a flat band of machined silver running around the outer diameter.
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Non machined wheels are easier to skid with.
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Its also easier to put spoke cards into non machined wheels.
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It's also easier to barspin
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