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Has anyone ever used a 48h rim for a fixie or Single-Speed?(10 posts)

Has anyone ever used a 48h rim for a fixie or Single-Speed?ss-nyc
Jul 7, 2003 12:23 PM
A few months ago a built up a Country Road Bob with Shimano's DX BMX hubs which are 36h and used Mavic T221 700c Touring rims for a really strong set of wheels for the potholes in NYC. Now my wife wants a city bike so I thought I would give her my CRB and build up a new one.

I was thinking of using some 48 hole BMX hubs and Mavic's T520 touring rim in 48 hole. Although I would have a really...really strong wheel would it just be too stiff to ride and enjoy? I would be running 700x40 Hybrid tires which would help a bit with comfort but I want to make sure that the wheels would not make me feel every little bit of uneven pavement.

I would just do this for fun becasue I think having the 48h hubs/wheels would look cool and probably serve no purpose since 36h is durable enough. Anyway, all opinions are needed to tell me if I am just making the wheel too stiff and with the aluminum frame the ride will just be too harsh and nasty.

re: Has anyone ever used a 48h rim for a fixie or Single-Speed?Trevo
Jul 7, 2003 10:27 PM
That would be BADA**!!!!! Dont let anyone tell you your wasting your time casue you know how H-core the streets can get you need some strong wheels! If I were you Id strait lace them!
Give them total bling bling battle bike look.
When you have a 48hole road wheel your not gonna care about if its too stiff, your gonna be bomming it down stairs and bummy hopping pot holes like its no bodys business!
What bike are you doing this on?
What are BMX dropouts like 120mm? I know spacing there axles wouldent be hard at all.

My Trek fixie is gonna make the switch to freewheel bike and I would love to use a cassette hub instead of a freewheel hub.
Do it! Itll be badas!

re: Has anyone ever used a 48h rim for a fixie or Single-Speed?ss-nyc
Jul 8, 2003 4:00 AM
My Country Road Bobo has the 36h Shimano DX BMX hubs which originally had a 110mm rear and were re-spaced with a longer axle and spacers to 135mm to fit the frame (see pics below).

I am not sure if the 48h wheelset would go onto the CRB for fun, a Surly Steamroller, or a Specialized Frame I found that has horizontal drops becasue it was made for an internal geared hub. As mentioned, this would be for fun and cool looks since it really would serve no purpose better than a 36h wheelset.

I think the steamroller would be the most fun becasue I can use some Suzue high flange BMX hubs that look like track hubs but would actually be thier 48h BMX hubs and go for that old-skool high flange look.

If I do it I will make sure to post pics!

re: Has anyone ever used a 48h rim for a fixie or Single-Speed?Trevo
Jul 9, 2003 11:31 PM
Cool part about using the Surly frame is that you wouldnt have to re-space the axles cause track spacing is 120mm.
So are you gonna do it? 48hole 700c wheels would be the MAD NOTE!
If i had the extra bread to throw around I'd built that kinda wheelset.

It may be some timess-nyc
Jul 10, 2003 6:52 AM
A friend of mine last night gave me his steel 753 Raleigh lugged road frame for free just becasue his wife wanted it out of the garage since he has too many bikes. I would use it but it has vertical drops. Since this just landed in my lap the 48h project might have to wait while I spend the cash building this up. If I ever get around to it I will definitey post pics.
Update...I am going to do it!ss-nyc
Jul 10, 2003 9:59 AM
After looking at what it would cost to build up the Raleigh frame I am just going to wait and build my 48h wheelset. I just ordered the rims and will probably getting hubs from eBay or a local BMX store.

Look for the fully built wheels to be on the CRB the 1st week of August!
Update...I am going to do it!Trevo
Jul 10, 2003 10:02 PM
Did you get your rims from Nashbar?
You got me thinking of making a 48hole road wheelset. but alas....I have too many wheelsets Iam tryint to build.

Good luck
Just get
Jul 11, 2003 5:35 AM
Nashbar has them for 19.95 and then use the 10% of coupon (cr180) to save even more.

I have the T221 Touring/Cyclocross rims on my current CRB and they are great. 700x17 allows for fat tires and they have a mahcined brake track. The T519 at nashbar is an even better rim since it is 700x19, machined sidewalls, and welded seams which the T221 does not have.

Then look at Dan's Comp BMX for some nice Suzue BMX hubs in 48 hole. They are nice silver high flange.
whats that now?Trevo
Jul 11, 2003 5:36 PM
how long is that cr180 coupon good for?
How do i use that?

Thanks, i think i might get some of those.

Good until 8/4ss-nyc
Jul 13, 2003 1:01 PM

Use the website to order and at checkout they will ask for your coupon code, type it in and 10% comes off your total. I have used similar coupons in the past and this one is just the lastest "code".

Hope this helps.