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Basic rear wheel question(6 posts)

Basic rear wheel questionIlanTX
Dec 28, 2003 5:26 PM
Disclaimer: I'm a mtn biker and don't know much about road bikes, so please excuse the newbie nature of this question.

I have an old Bridgestone RB-2 and I want to get a new rear rim. It's a 7 speed hub (Shimano FH-RM40)... can I get any rim, or does the hub's age in design reduce my rim options? I'm looking at an Open Pro CD, 32 hole.

re: Basic rear wheel questionrussw19
Dec 28, 2003 7:17 PM
As long as your previous wheel is a 700c wheel, which I am pretty sure it is, then yes, you can use any road rim. An Open Pro will work fine if you rebuild the wheel onto your old hub.

re: Basic rear wheel questionIlanTX
Dec 28, 2003 8:21 PM
Thanks! Yes, it is a standard 700c wheel and I'd be using the original hub.

re: Basic rear wheel questioncurlybike
Dec 29, 2003 7:00 AM
Check the hub to see if it is a freewheel or cassette. If it is a cassette insure that it is a Hyperglide. The older cassettes are getting real scarce and if you rebuild the wheel and need a cassette real soon you might have wasted the work. 7-sp. HG cassettes are still commonly available.
OK, decided to go with plan B, need advice on a whole wheelIlanTX
Dec 29, 2003 5:06 PM
The cassette is indeed HG, but the hub was 36 while the only Open Pros they had were 32. I went by my LBS and asked if i had to stick with the current hub and they said i could get a current 9sp wheel and just add a spacer. So, i've decided to ditch the whole wheel and only keep the cassette.

Any advice on a reasonably priced rear wheel? There is no racing in my future but i'd rather not ride on a boat-anchor.
OK, decided to go with plan B, need advice on a whole wheelcurlybike
Dec 29, 2003 5:52 PM
Get the LBS to order a 36 hole rim from Mavic or velocity. Use db spokes and 36 will be lighter than 32 strait gauge spokes. Or get them to order a whole wheel from Velocity. They make well made wheels.