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Old 12-28-14, 12:03 PM
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Wheelset Recommendation

A couple months back I got an '87 Trek 520 that I've been bringing back to touring life. While overhauling bearings I noticed some pitting and well, they aren't that smooth. They are Suntour LePree hubs to araya black rims I believe. They need to be replaced. I am unsure on what direction to go. So I have Shimano 6spd sis shift lever, and same era Deore XT front and rear derailleurs, so I don't necessarily want to upgrade to more modern components; after doing its current overhaul I've getting near the breaking point on working on the bike for now. Also, what about 700c wheels, doesn't that give me more options, but will they fit? How do you know if they will fit, rear spacing? Can I get a freehub system instead of the current freewheel or will that begin another chain of upgrades? Thanks for any advice.
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You want to measure the rear spacing but you probably have a 126 mm in the rear by your description. A 130 mm will fit fine (it's only an extra 2mm on each side); you'll just have to push the drop outs a bit. You can also cold set the frame to fit.

You can run 7 (with a spacer), 8, or 9 on the rear with new hubs; you might as well get shimano hubs as they're reasonably priced and they're really good. You can keep the same derailleurs but you will need new shifters if you want this to index. You will also need a new cassette and chain.

Personally, I'd go for 9 on the back with 9 speed bar end shifters and a 130 mm wheelset.

There are plenty of options out there but most pre-built touring wheels are 135 mm in the rear. I'd have someone handbuild you a 130 mm wheelset.

I'm thinking of doing something very similar with my 1983 Trek 720.

There are some pre-built 130 mm touring wheelsets out there like this one from nashbar, http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...66_-1___205539

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I have a 126 spaced wheel Touring Bike , I got abundant miles and over a Decade of use from the Phil Wood Freewheel Hub* I Bought in the Early 80's

Im still satisfied with the gear range of a 13-34t freewheel .. 50-40-24t triple [friction bar end shifters are great!]

* it removes the one vulnerability of freewheel hubs , as the axle is so strong it wont Bend or Break .
I now use another freewheel hub , bullseye , but they are closed down now. it is a drop in standard sealed bearing (6001)
with another approach to the unbendable oversize axle ..

I went in for 40/48 spoke wheels .. only broken 1 spoke .. rode for days, before I met a New Friend

with a Big adjustable wrench to grip the Freewheel remover, to put my spare spoke In, Then we went to the Pub, and I Bought a few Rounds.
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therover, If on a tight budget: Sun CR18 27 5,6,7 Speed Freewheel hubs Road Bike Wheelset [72274726665] - $115.00 Velomine.com : Worldwide Bicycle Shop, fixed gear track bike wheelsets campagnolo super record vintage bike . Cantilever brakes are a bit iffy regarding a 700C conversion as some can't drop the pads the required 4 mm. 27" tires are still available in N. America, but without as many options available in 700C.

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Velo-orange do 126mm freehubs. The decision you have to make is how original do you want to keep the bike and when to make the leap to more modern components as there is usually a knock on effect. ie 10 speed hub needs new derailleur or new shifters etc.

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Sun 27" CR-18 Rims on Sealed Hubs QR Wheelset Freewheel - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts
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While I'd like to keep it original, I'm finding having the bike perform better a more appealing and practical approach. A 9spd system sounds tempting, as do bar end shifters (though I just rewrapped the bars....). And to keep this simple, I'd likely go Shimano hubs and cassette, they would have to be compatible no? Hubs at least 36 spokes? Then onto rims, any recommendations/what should I look for for touring rims? 700c
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While I'd like to keep it original, I'm finding having the bike perform better a more appealing and practical approach. A 9spd system sounds tempting, as do bar end shifters (though I just rewrapped the bars....). And to keep this simple, I'd likely go Shimano hubs and cassette, they would have to be compatible no? Hubs at least 36 spokes? Then onto rims, any recommendations/what should I look for for touring rims? 700c
Look at the WE943 wheel set: 700c /29 inch / ISO 622 Bicycle Wheels from Harris Cyclery . Again it's another budget wheel set, but I have the Shimano 2200 hubs and CR18s, two different wheel sets, and they're proven performers IME.

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And to keep this simple, I'd likely go Shimano hubs and cassette, they would have to be compatible no?
Yes Shimano and SRAM cassettes are interchangable.
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