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Cheap but strong rims(6 posts)

Cheap but strong rimsibsailn
Feb 2, 2004 12:03 PM
I am new to cyclocross and mostly bought a cx bike for future versatility (expect to take this bike on a boat down the carribean where the roads are often dirt and/or very potholly) and also as a 4 season commuter in the northeast. I am looking to buy a cheap set of wheels to put knobby tires on for winter riding and the very occasional offroad ride. Because of the intended use, weight isn't that important to me, but they should be robust. I am looking to get out of this for a little as possible because I just bought the bike and am therefore low on cash.

By the way, looking for 650c with a 9-speed cassette.
You have a 650c Cross bike?Nater
Feb 2, 2004 1:40 PM
Most (all that I can think of) cyclocross bikes are 700c wheeled. Let us know a little more info about your bike and it will become more clear what you need. Most stuff that is 650c size is for the time trial/triathlon market and probably isn't appropriate for your needs. You'd be better off with a 26" mountain bike wheelset.
You have a 650c Cross bike?ibsailn
Feb 3, 2004 8:11 AM
It is a Look AL264 CX (see )

Shimano Deore rear shifter if that matters. I don't know if there is a difference between the deore cassettes and the XT cassettes.

Thanks for the help.
You have a 650c Cross bike?ibsailn
Feb 3, 2004 9:09 AM
It is a LOOK AL264cx bike with a steel fork.

I have a Shimano Diore rear derailer (otherwise everything else is ultegra).

My suggestion...Nater
Feb 3, 2004 10:54 AM
would be to get some 26" mountain bike rims built with the hubs of your choice. I'm assuming that your frame has 130mm rear spacing to fit road hubs. There is a slight ETRTO difference between 650c (571mm) and 26" (559mm) but you should still be able to get the brake pads in the right place on the mountain rims. You'll have much better luck finding a narrow 26" knobby tire than you will finding a 650c knobby (the QBP catalog doesn't have any). I'd go with something like Sun 0 Degree XC rims on 105 or Ultegra hubs with Hutchinson Cross Comp 26x1.3" tires.
Velocity makes the Deep-V in 650c. (nm)TFerguson
Feb 4, 2004 2:30 PM