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Rim & Fork Recommendation(4 posts)

Rim & Fork RecommendationJames M.
Aug 20, 2001 9:07 PM
I know nothing about road bikes (I have built many MTB's in the last 12 years)and I need some recommendations. I found an aluminum Specialized frame (older hybrid frame) in really great condition for $100.00 but it takes 700C wheels. Considering I want a bike for road riding and that I have just about all the parts (mixture of road and MTB) to build it up I think it is a pretty good deal. I already have a set of 32hole hubs so I just need some rims. They must be strong (to support my Clydsdale weight) and except a 30-40 mm tire. I will also need a 1 1/8" rigid threadless steel fork. I am also interested in a finding a good online source for these items. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
re: Rim & Fork RecommendationPogliaghi
Aug 20, 2001 10:51 PM
Unless you want to spend more on your fork than your frame (Excel sells a nice looking Gios chromed steel fork $150), try this page:

Mud Sweat & Gears

http://www.bikeusa.com/components/forks/forks5.htm

- Tange for road brakes
- Surly if you need brake bosses for canti's or V's
re: Rim...Pogliaghi
Aug 21, 2001 12:22 PM
Sun Rims - Rhyno Lites also comes in 700c

Great for Clydesdales on mtb's oughta be great for big boys on road bikes. Not the lightest, but can be built real strong.

check it out at: http://www.bikeusa.com/components/rims/rims2.htm#s
Rim recommendation...Cima Coppi
Aug 21, 2001 5:16 AM
Also check out Excel for Mavic MA-3's. They are $30/rim and are 32 hole. They very good rims. A bit heavy, but durable. Ultimate strength of the rim really is dependant on the quality of the build of the whole wheel. Find yourself a good wheelbuilder in your area, and you'll have bomb proof wheels with these rims.

http://www.excelsports.com/item.asp?major=&minor=&description=MA%2D3+Road+Rim&vendorCode=MAVIC

The Mavic's should accept up to a 700x35 tire, but I'm not sure about a 700x40. If you give Excel a call, they should be able to tell you what the limits of tire size are on the rim.

Good luck.

CC