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Rear wheel for exclusive trainer use(6 posts)

Rear wheel for exclusive trainer useI Love Shimano
Apr 30, 2002 11:04 PM
I spend a lot of time on the trainer, and it really eats up my rear tire. Should I switch tires everytime I ride on the trainer (this means that I should switch tires once a week), or should I get a new wheel that's cheap enough to be used only for the trainer. I want something cheaper than my 105/OPs. Any recommendations? Can I use an 8 speed Sora hub with my 105 groupset? What Mavic rim is cheaper than 105? Keep in mind, the only rims being sold around here are Mavics.
re: Rear wheel for exclusive trainer useSpoke Wrench
May 1, 2002 4:46 AM
I wouldn't worry about the rim at all. I'd just get a pre-built wheel with whatever hub level you are comfortable with and its own cassette. All Shimano 8/9 speed cassette hubs are interchangable.
May 1, 2002 5:26 AM
just get the cheapest wheel you can find; it won't matter; heavier is actually better, as it gives more of a flywheel effect; I'd keep the number of cogs the same, though, else you'll have to be adjusting the derailleur or worrying about throwing the chain; check the mail order places
re: Rear wheel for exclusive trainer useMike Prince
May 1, 2002 5:38 AM
Get a cheap wheel, either from your LBS or on-line/ebay. Lots of cheaper alternatives to an OP - MA-3, and some of the lower-numbered CXP models (which often are used in factory built wheels). Get the "most economical" 9 spd (or 8 as the case may be) cassette you can find and a cheap wire bead tire and you'll be fine. The Sora hub you describe would work fine with either an 8 or 9 speed cassette. If possible I would look for a cassette with the same cog ratios that you have now, makes swapping wheels easier as no derailleur adjustments are needed.
Make a project of it....Jekyll
May 1, 2002 9:55 AM
Build one yourself. No worries about screwing it up so much that it effects safety, etc. I learned to build wheels by building a my first wheel for the trainer.
You can get all the stuff you need for well under $100 and follow the instructions at Sheldon Brown's site (a couple of good books out there as well).
This way you can have a cheap wheel and the learning experience all in one shot.
Many thanks guys!I Love Shimano
May 1, 2002 5:04 PM
Didn't know that they still sold those lower CXP models. Thanks for all the help.