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Wheelset!!!(23 posts)

Apr 16, 2001 7:54 AM
Hi everyone, i'm kinda new to the whole racing bike scene, i just started last fall.. I got a schwinn racing bike from my grandfather, and it has tubular rims!! I'm looking for a wheelset to replace them, since they are heavy steel rims, but I don't know what kind to get!! Weight of the rims is very important, i'm trying to cut down the bike's weight as much as possible. Can anyone recommend a wheelset under $300?
re: Wheelset!!!PsyDoc
Apr 16, 2001 8:37 AM
A number of people have said good things about the Mavic Open Pro's. Excel sports [ ] has them with ultegra hubs for $239. FWIW
re: Wheelset!!!bonsai171
Apr 16, 2001 7:53 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. Looks very good!
Apr 16, 2001 9:02 AM
This is what I ride on and they are reasonably light, easy to maintain and very durable. For the price you can't beat them.
Apr 16, 2001 7:53 PM
re: Wheelset!!!MMaggi
Apr 16, 2001 9:27 AM
I would bring the bike into your LBS for a consultation. The wheelset that was mentioned (Mavic Open Pros) are fine provided that the frame doesn't have to be modified.

I remember something about 125mm width for the front and rear forks vs 130mm.

I might be wrong, but bring it in to discuss the possibilities.
re: Wheelset!!!bonsai171
Apr 16, 2001 8:00 PM
Very good point. I definitely hope the frame doesn't have to be modified! It doesn't matter too much, just as long as its possible. But of course with modification comes extra cost of course. How does 700cc compare in size to 27" ?
I don't know (nm)mmaggi
Apr 17, 2001 6:46 AM
Details....grz mnky
Apr 16, 2001 10:35 AM
You're most likely in need of a set of 27" wheels, not 700C which is what is commonly offered. You'll have problems with brake reach with the newer standard. Spreading the frame is also an issue, but it's minor. Rivendale can be a good source for "vintage" parts. Unfortunately for you things have evolved in the biking world and there isn't much of the new componentry that will work easily on an older bike. Before you start thinking of too many upgrades you might want to do some checking - it's usually much cheaper to buy a new bike than it is to try and make an old one a bit more modern. It can be done, but it isn't as cheap as you'd like to think.
Apr 16, 2001 8:06 PM
yes, the rims are 27". Do you think it's possible to have the frame retrofitted for 700c rims and tires? Once school is over in may, i'll take it to a bike shop and have them check it over, but if possible, i'd like your opinnion on that.
Usually, No.grz mnky
Apr 16, 2001 9:54 PM
The one alternative open to you was a thing called a "brake reach extender", but I don't know how easy it would be to find one. Your best bet is cruising Rivendale or some link related to them and finding a prebuilt set of 27" wheels. This will be the most economical. If you have to go for a custom build it will cost you more. Finding the rims is the rub. You may get lucky and find a shop that has some vintage stuff. Where do you live?
Loose Screws has themDrD
Apr 17, 2001 3:15 AM
The Third Hand/Loose Screws (which is blowing out their inventory via the online store) has drop bolts - they displace the brakes 10mm - they aren't real cheap though - $38.25 (not sure if that's for one or a pair...) - check under brakes/drop bolts
Loose Screws has thembonsai171
Apr 17, 2001 7:13 AM
thanks for the idea- I hope that's for a pair..
Usually, No.bonsai171
Apr 17, 2001 7:06 AM
Brake reach extender? Sounds interesting. I think 700c is smaller than 27" ? You're right though, a 27" wheelset would be a lot easier. You mentioned Rivendale? Who is that? I live in Northern New Jersey, about 30min from NYC. Thanks again
Apr 16, 2001 3:29 PM
Excel Sports has a wheelset package (called the Cirrus) which comes in right under the limit:

Dura Ace hubset
Mavic Open Pro rims
Front: DT Revo's, 2-cross
Rear: DT 14/15 drive side, DT Revo's non drive, 3-cross
All that for $295!

(pretty light, too at 683g front and 933g rear)
Apr 16, 2001 8:07 PM
Thanks, but like others have pointed out, I might need to find a 27" set since that's my rim size now, and 700C might require some modification. Do you know of any 27" sets?
Apr 17, 2001 3:17 AM
Well - if you are real serious about keeping the bike, I would try to modernize it a bit - you can buy drop bolts to lower the brake arch 10mm or so - check under brake then under drop bolts - they have them for campy and shimano in several different flavors. They aren't real cheap ($38.35, which I would hope is for 2...)
27 inch wheelstommyb
Apr 16, 2001 9:35 PM
Harris Cyclery has 27 inch wheels for a very reasonable price. Go to:

27 inch Road Wheelsets $99.95 pair!
Excellent for upgrading older 10-/12-speeds!
Sovos hub sets, laced into 630 mm (27 inch) Weinmann 215 rims, with 36 stainless steel spokes.
One of these wheelsets will breathe new life into a '70s or '80s sport-touring bike. The rear hub is threaded for a standard freewheel, spaced for 126 mm, compatible with 5-, 6-, or 7-speed freewheels. Older 10-speed frames with 120 mm spacing will need to be spread slightly, but this is not a problem with most frames. Shipping within the U.S. $12.00 east/ $15.00 west.
The wheelsets above include front and rear quick-release skewers.
27 inch wheelsbonsai171
Apr 17, 2001 7:17 AM
that's a thought. I never heard of sovo hubs though, are they any good? Are shimano ultegras better? thanks
Still got the 27-inch tire problem, though.Cory
Apr 18, 2001 10:22 AM
My commuter has 27-inch wheels, which are fine...but it's getting harder and harder to find tires. All I've seen in four or five years are basic 1-1/8 or 1-1/4-inchers. They're always way narrower than the label size (Nashbar 1-1/4s are less than an inch wide), lousy for rough roads and need 100psi to protect the rims on city streets, so they knock the crap out of you. Anybody still making something like the old Specialized Expedition or Nimbus in 1-3/8?
re: Wheelset!!!Jack Daniels
Apr 17, 2001 12:14 PM
I am doing the same thing. I am building up an older frame with 27 inch wheels and putting on 700cc. I got long reach brake arms. RX100. They have up to 49mm reach I belive and they work great. I would look into them if I were you and then you would be able to use 700cc rims.
re: Wheelset!!!bonsai171
Apr 18, 2001 3:14 PM
cool. What kind of brakes are you using? What is RX100? Sorry, i'm not too familiar with this.. I'm kinda new to this all. If that does work though, the only thing to consider is the rake of the front fork and the separation for the rear tire mount thingy (whatever that's called!) thanks
re: Wheelset!!!Kuku
Apr 17, 2001 2:30 PM
I got a great set of used wheels from the classifieds on this site. They're Rolfs and they were under $300.