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Araya CV-7 Loaded Touring?

Old 04-21-14, 10:57 AM
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Araya CV-7 Loaded Touring?

Hi All,

First post. Flying to Uzbekistan in 3 weeks to tour Central Asia/China on a 1992 GT Karakoram. Heavy loaded touring on unpaved roads likely.
Bike comes stock with Araya CV-7 32 Spoke.

Will these hold up with a fully loaded bike and 170lb rider? If not, what is a cheap alternative?

Thank you!
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You are asking to predict the future of things that may happen to you and your wheels , that is not a practical question .


if you can replace a spoke that may break wherever you are , and you dont run into aanything that destroys the rim , It may go well ..

may want to have a way to airmail parts to you if you do break things and cannot find what you need in the Uzbek .. Bazaars ..
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Understood. I don't know much about these rims and and their quality. Curious if anyone has toured on a rim like this. What is typical for loaded dirt road touring, 32, 36, 40+ spokes? Thanks!
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They seem to be a basic single wall rim. They might hold up, can't be sure. At the very least have them tensioned and trued by a shop before you go. Try to find out if you can get replacement wheels where you are going. If you can't, get some more robust wheels before you go like these:Shimano M590 Rhyno Lite Wheelset | Shimano | Brand | www.PricePoint.com.
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I've never toured in either of those place; but I'd be leery about starting a tour that arduous with 20 year old wheels. They may be just fine, but on an important venture, the risk may not be worth it.

IMO the wheels could be one of the hardest things to replace with quality wheels while on tour. A relatively good set of wheels can be had for $300. This is probably a very small percentage of the cost your trip, and could be cheap insurance.

Check out Universal Cycles in Portland, Oregon. Their custom wheel builder will let you pick the components to meet your needs and budget.

I just priced out a set of 26" wheels for my daughter's bike: Alex Adventurer 36 spoke rims, Shimano Deore hubs, with Wheelsmith spokes. The price was right at $200. These are probably as good or better than the wheels on your bike, and they are new.

If the bike still has the 12-28, seven speed cassette, you might want to consider going to something like a 13-34.

Cassettes from Harris Cyclery

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